Participation In Government

Participation In Government

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
-Thomas Paine

It has been said that democracy is one of the most, if not the most, difficult government to uphold in a country. Because democracy is based on majority rule, the role of citizens in a democratic world is very important. A citizen has the responsibility to be active in their political world and vote in elections. These two responsibilities are key to keeping a democracy going strong and keeping the public involved. It is the citizen’s responsibility to have a somewhat decent knowledge about the political status in their country. If people are clueless about politics in the world, they become the easiest targets to be taken advantage of. People need to know what is going on in the world of politics so that they can vote on the best possible candidate to lead the country in the best direction possible.

In a democracy, the citizen also has the right to speak their mind and give their own opinion about the world. Many people take advantage of this right by speaking their mind to government officials and the public in an attempt to make change in the world. Democracy is such a difficult form of government because no matter how hard you try, there are always going to be a lot of people that are not satisfied with the world and the way it is being run. Even though democracy isn’t the road to a perfect world, the citizens of the world need to take more responsibility in using their rights as a part of a democracy to help make change. If citizens exercise their rights and at least attempt to make a difference in their government, then the world will eventually be on a better track to a more positive place.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world-indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead

Over the course of history, many attempts to make change have occurred, and a great number of these changes have been made by small groups of committed citizens. In society, It seems as if people feel that change cannot be made by individuals or smaller groups because they seem inferior to the government. I believe that this type of attitude is a completely wrong way to approach change in the world. Take Rosa Parks for example. All it took was for her to refuse giving up her seat to a white man to spark an entire bus boycott, which ultimately led to a whole bunch of changes. Especially in the civil rights movement, individuals or small groups of committed citizens started a lot of changes resulting from this movement. I believe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is also a prime example of change in the world as an individual.

Even though he didn’t single-handedly solve segregation issues in the world, he paved the way and made the first steps toward a new world where blacks and whites could live in harmony and be treated equally. Although civil rights was only one topic involved in change by smaller groups of citizens in the world, it was one of the most important movements in our countries history. This movement as well as countless other movements by small groups and individuals have had a huge impact on the world and have not gone unnoticed in society. Without confident and committed individuals in society, who knows what the status of our country would be like today? These types of people are vital to change in the world and have held a very important place in history. In order for the world to continue to change and move in a more positive direction, more and more of these individuals need to rise up and make a difference.