Once again, you have asked a very intelligent question. The problem is, I am at a loss, in figuring out how to answer, without offending many people. It would seem people now days, would rather spend brain cells watching TV rather than reading. Sleeping rather than observing, and going places, either alone or with others, rather than staying home with family.
Your question in how we can get more people involved in the process of citizenship, is becoming a subject that many would prefer to let fall by the wayside.
Elected officials struggle with how to include citizens in governing. Oh, I know what you are thinking, Many officials are not interested in citizen involvement. But you must remember, for the most part, that particular group, who would govern without the governed, are a minority, and in reality, do not last long in their position.
Perhaps, we see evidence of your complaint more in the small counties and cities, than in larger areas. And you may be right, when you suggest, the reason for inactivity on the part of citizens, stems from inactivity on the part of leaders. Remember, what goes around, comes around.
You need to join the fray, in trying to find people, who are honest in heart, who, tell it the way it is, who desire truth, and believe in service, and in serving for a short term.
Ann, we are facing some serious times. Somewhere, somehow, there must be a few people, who believe in the system, who value the freedoms we have. And above all, knowing all these things, desire to keep them.
It is hard to keep in prospective, that local politics and National politics are different. They shouldn't be, but sadly, they are and the rules that govern are also different.
Your concern should be on the local level. The actions on this level, have a much quicker affect on your life and those around you.
The local level, at the present time, is where you need to channel your energy. We have at the present time, many who love to do business in the dark. And evidenced of the results of their actions, would prefer not to discuss or make you aware of when and how.
Ann, you must remain vigilant, prepared to point out the evil, and reward the wise. Even though many officials do not spend the time necessary to make an intelligent decision, you need to take the time to inform yourself on every issue. A uninformed citizen is a dangerous person. And like the uninformed official, will make mistakes, costly mistakes. Mistakes of the past have led to riots, murder, and theft. Keep informed. Do not be deterred, in your quest to be a smart, intelligent, caring citizen. We need so many like you. There is so much to do, with so little time.
Until next time bye.