Chris-in-the-Morning from the "Democracy in America" episode [3.15] of Northern Exposure, 1992:
"Friends, Romans, registered voters, lend me your ears. Holling Vincouer has picked up the gauntlet thrown down by Edna Hancock. We have a mayorality race folks, to which I can only add, Alea iacta est, the die is cast, the battle is joined. Hold on to your hats Cicely. We're about to bear witness to that sacred rite when each and every one of us become acolytes before the alter of the ballot box, our secular shrine. Fellow Cicelians, my heart is pounding, dancing to the drum of a free people, a city on a hill, E pluribus unum. I feel at one with Walt Whitman, shepherd of the great unwashed, 'O Democracy! Near at hand to you a throat is now inflating itself and joyfully singing.' "
. . .
"We did it, Ed. It worked . . . the Grand Idea, buddy. The process. Ed, we just witnessed a peaceful transition in government. Do you realize how miraculous that is?
Despite Russia, despite Germany, the mass of people on this planet still live under the yoke of some autocratic or totalitarian regime. Do you hear me? Today, tiny Cicely, Alaska, stood up and put another 'W' in the win category for democracy."
Tags: Northern Exposure, voting, election