this year, I was an uninformed citizen. I barely watched the news, I
didn’t know the issues that were unfolding around us, and I was ignorant
to politics and the government. I bet some people reading this are the
same way I was before starting my senior year.
Why do we need to
be an informed citizen? My one vote will not affect anything will it? In
fact, yes it does. It is important to be an informed citizen because
many issues reported locally and nationally affect people.
citizens are better at making decisions on how to vote and their
opinions are based on more facts than just personal feelings. Informed
citizens also help others become informed by telling members in their
immediate family or community members about things going on which could
affect them eventually.
How hard is it to ask a simple question
to your parents or children and to have an educated discussion on the
subject? By having a more informed society, people will be able to make
better decisions which improve quality of life.
The truth is, for
our democracy to work it needs not just an informed citizenry, but an
engaged one. We’ve known this since this nation’s earliest days. The
creators of the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 thought the notion
important enough to enshrine it in the state’s founding document:
“Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the
body of the people,” they wrote, are “necessary for the preservation of
their rights and liberties.”
the reelection of President Barack Obama just under 60 percent of
eligible voters exercised their right to vote. Voting is a right given
to us, and as “citizens” it should be to our advantage to vote but today
it seems more people would rather vote for a singer on American Idol or
the Voice than the leader of our own country.
benefit from being informed because it helps then develop
self-confidence and successfully deal with life changes and challenges.
It gives people a voice: in the life of schools, in their communities,
and in society at large. Most of all, it enables citizens to make a
positive contribution by developing the expertise and experience needed
to claim their rights and understand their responsibilities.
being informed prepares us for the challenges and opportunities of
adult and working life. Living in a democracy may be a basic right, but
it is also a privilege, and it is one that must be earned by living up
to the dreams of our founding father for a well-educated and
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