A Public Life

It is in the local town and city governments that the democratic principles of self- determination and representative government are most visible. Here a determined individual can affect his government. It is here that an individual can elect a trusted friend or family member to represent them.
It was once said that there are three things that constitute a full life; raising a family, having your own business and running for public office.
The concept of public life as an element to a full life has been ignored for decades, “politics I don’t have time.” They do so at a cost to them-self’s and their community.
According to Thomas Jefferson the goal of the republic is “to make each person feel that he is a participator in the government of affairs, not merely at an election one day in the year, but every day.”
In that sense our federal government is sorely lacking, but on the local level the opportunities for involvement are greater.
The best way to find out whats going on in your community is to attend the meetings of you local governments, i.e township, city, county, school board etc..
If you want to have a voice you will have to speak out. Write a letter to the local newspaper, send copies to your local officials, or speak-out in public meetings. Join groups of like minded individuals if you can’t find any start one and people will find you.
The crisis facing America are not those Issues that bombard us daily the crisis is that we don’t know how to come together and be effective in addressing the issues or removing the obstacles that stand in the way. We feel powerless.
Our form of government depends on average citizens leading active public lives. It requires a community of individuals to be willing to serve on school boards, county commissions and local committees. It will not survive in the hands of professional politicians no matter how well meaning. To allow the centralization of power to continue is to watch democracy decay.
Without a public life we endanger the things we care about most in our private life. Without a public life we give away the powers of our own decisions and ultimately the freedoms we enjoy most.

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