Citizens have the privilege and duty
to elect office holders and influence public policy.
“The people are responsible for the character of their Congress.
If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because
the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.
If it be intelligent, brave, and pure,
it is because the people demand these high qualities…
If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…
it will be because those who represent the enterprise,
the culture, and the morality of the nation
do not aid in controlling the political forces.”
Rev. James A. Garfield (1831-1881)
United States President, Minister of the Gospel
- Read local newspapers and listen to local, national and world news. How can we hope to make a difference in a world we don't understand? How can we be motivated to serve others, or vote on issues, or run for an office, if we don't understand the issues and how they are affecting people? In addition, learn to sift the news, which often presents only one side of an issue, contributing to much of the misunderstanding and unrest among citizens by spreading fear and suspicion of both people and issues.