What does it mean to live in a democracy? What is your role as a citizen Cassandra Brown 7/24/12
What does it mean to live in ademocracy? By the people for the people! Declaration of Independence– July 4th, 1776 Original purpose = announcing independence Ultimately a formal explanation of why congress voted on July 2nd to declare independence from Great Britain Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness Reminds us who we are as a country and allows us to ask if we are following our own intentions
What does it mean to live in ademocracy? Citizens living in democracy have responsibilities Choose our leaders Keep informed about what is going on with our government make community and neighborhood good places to live Democracy needs active citizens in order to work Citizens have say over how they are governed by voting at elections and choosing their representatives.
What does it mean to live in ademocracy? There are many good things about living in a democracy, but there are things that threaten it as well Cornel West: "We must deal with the Anti-Democratic happenings or we will lose democracy”. Dr. West states three “dogmas” that may threaten our democracy Free- market fundamentalism Aggressive militarism Escalating authoritarianism
What does it mean to live in ademocracy? These three dogmas may be threatening democracy led to corporate dominated political economy (salesmen focused on $ and people of wealths requests) forced us to invade and use power and force to conquer innocent individuals. citizens live in fear and worry about safety rather than independence
What is your role as a citizen? Thoreau: “Peoples first obligation is to do what they believe is right and not to follow the law dictated by the majority.” Thoreau: “The best government is less government.” Do what you think is morally and ethically right Vote intelligently and support who ever gets elected
What is your role as a citizen? A student from our class, Todd Kuikka, said in a discussion, much of the success of the US military and NATO depends upon individuals that are willing to cross personal moral barriers in an effort to support ideological aspirations of those that govern them. Some people can continue to sit back and point out every negative thing in this country, but they are not doing anything about it. That’s where our citizens who seek change and are willing to cross those barriers will come into play.
What is your role as a citizen? Comply with US laws Executive, the legislature, and judiciary written law put down by a legislature body of law that governs the activities of administrative agencies of government (ex: rule making) legal tradition of English law
What is your role as a citizen? Voting! Many people have died to give us the right to vote, we should exercise our power to vote. If you don’t vote, don’t complain. Even if you live in a state where your vote wont matter much for who is elected president, your vote will still make a difference for who is elected for your state and local offices. Those people will end up having an impact on your life in some way or another.
What is your role as a citizen? Volunteer Can volunteer time and effort to share skills and talent. In turn, you can meet new friends and make a difference in the world. Reasons why a person may want to volunteer if they are interested in teaching and working with children and/or senior citizens, if they want to contribute their efforts to wildlife and environmental causes, if they want to assist with social and community issues, and many other reasons!