The morning of May 22, 2012, I went to see my kindergartener in a patriotic assembly for Memorial Day. The principal instructed us to turn and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Something I have said so many times, but I really heard the words today.
People in other nations are dying in the street for the right to a fair vote. In America eligible non-voters are given a flippant “If you don’t vote you can’t complain.” slap on the wrist. It’s not enough. Voting is not an option, it’s a duty.
There are many parts of the political process that are kept in the shadows. Civil Citizens may not know about them or only know of them in a vague way. Gerrymandering is one of them. Gerrymandering is when redistricting commissions draw voting districts in bizarre shapes for the purpose of having a “safe” seat for a political party. The district will encompass a population known to favor a particular ideal or party.
Political will, what an elected official is willing to do. How to deal with it when it is with you? How to deal with it when it’s against you? Find out in this informative Civil Citizen blog.
Political Strategists: Knowing a candidate’s political strategist can tell you more about them than any speech.
Political strategists make and break political careers. They hold a lot of political power but are able to avoid much of the public scrutiny that would normally accompany a position of power.
The recall tool is a powerful tool in the Civil Citizen’s tool kit. It is the nuclear bomb of the tool kit not to be used lightly or for minor infringements on an elected officials part. It is the shadow side of a Democratic system that someone is not going to be happy with a legislative decision. If one were to recall any elected official that offended some one the recall elections would get costly and ridiculous and would stop the ability of a government to do its work.
It’s important for every Civil Citizen to know about talking points. Talking points are specific points that a politician, political party or special interest group wants you to know. Like an advertisement there are varying levels of truth to these statements. We have seen some masters of the talking point, I must say many from the Republican Party.
With the July 4th holiday last weekend I thought about America. What is it about America? What does America promise citizens and people all over the world that take a chance and come to try their luck at the American Dream?America promises nothing, sometimes nothing can be a good thing.