The polls have close…
The polls have closed in Iraq on a day that is celebrated by many but disparaged by many as well. The purple finger of an Iraqi voter is something almost no one would have thought possible a scant 3 years ago, yet today they have a Constitution, and the voter turnout could quite possibly beat the United States’ personal best. (Early estimates are around 70% turnout of Iraqis.)

Congratulations, Iraq. Welcome to self-government. Remember, though, the words of Paul Harvey: “Self-government without self-control is self-defeating.” Argue–argue mightily–over things that are important to you, but don’t resort to violence nor invest all your power in government. It is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Hold on to your freedom, and don’t let it be taken away by either foreign or domestic powers.

Let freedom ring.

UPDATE: Click here for a first-hand account of voting in Iraq.

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