Revised Spring 2008 Guy
Political savvy is a product of wisdom(#116), understanding(#109), and commonly, formal education(#32). If we are well educated on how our political system works and who is operating it, we carry out the responsibility(#90) of liberty(#56).
Many citizens in American society proclaim their freedom with the utmost confidence. However, few people truly know how their government functions. An alarming percentage of the country show little concern with the intricacies of politics; but yet, are quick to show their disapproval once they realize how the government has interfered with their lives. By adopting a regimen of political savvy, the power truly resides with the people.
Political savvy as a value is often not realized until adulthood. It is often employment, college, or having children that compel adults to become concerned with the political system. It is then they become aware of who and what laws are controlling the judicial end of their lives. Familys play a major role in how politics are viewed. It seems to be proven in political science arenas that children, most times, follow the political ways of their parents. Belonging to the same political party, i.e. republicans usually raise republicans and democrats raise democrats1.
Unfortunately in American culture, the socio economic status (SES) greatly affects the probability of adults becoming politically active and aware. It has been proven that the lower class and working poor do not vote as frequently, nor show as much interest as the middle, and especially higher class citizens2. It seems that not until someone has a financial stake in the world, they do not become engaged politically3. Most enjoy the security of ignorance and the convenience of entertainment. Meaning, if they don’t know of world and national news and affairs, they have nothing to worry about.
Even ancient civilizations had political systems that they collectively lived by. Studies of cultures show that if people remain stationary and built communities, they implemented a political structure.
In times of environmental and world crisis such as today, it is important to maintain an attentive public. America elects officials to make decisions on the behalf of their best interests, but how will officials know what those interests are if they are not vocalized?
In today’s technological age, information is readily accessed, and many can take action right from their living room. Thousands of web sites are devoted to politics, both locally and nationally. Communicating with Congress and representatives has never been easier. Many locations exist where eligible citizens can register to vote, and motor voter laws have enhanced the validity and availability as well. Collectively as a group, we can control the influence in Washington. Although it may seem the general public is powerless against the government, the more we know, the better we can succeed at terminating corruptive politicians.
Become aware of your local government, attend town hall meetings, blog or find people who share the same concerns as you, register and actively vote.
It takes commitment(#11) to be politically informed. But by doing so, we can control our governance(#40). This can enhance community(#13) and local life(#60) by electing and demanding diversity(#23) and equality(#29) for all.
"Revised Spring 2008-Frederick"