If you are a citizen in a democracy—where “the people rule”—then you have a political obligation to develop your knowledge, intellect and wisdom to the highest degree you can, so as to carry out to the best of your abilities your duties as a ruler, as part of the collective leadership of the nation.
Although your decisive voice is but one among millions, it must offer the best counsel you can provide. That is your sacred duty. To scant it or shirk it by not exercising citizenly prudence and care—by not making well-informed and judicious decisions in electing leaders and representatives, or in determining policies and laws—is to undermine our democracy.
We, the people, must rule well.