- Mel Martin
- Lithia, FL
- United States
Lawyer, U.S. Marine Corps
How do you inspire the average citizen toward civic responsibility and participation?
An effective government requires an accountability system; a structure of checks and balances, rules of ethics, standards of conduct, and a proactive watchdog media (based on journalism ethics). None of this is possible, however, unless the citizenry demands and enforces its own expectations; it must rise from the quagmire of frustration and blame-mongering into affirmative steps toward beneficial change. From the small (sometimes false) presumptions that citizens will independently research issues, party platforms, and candidates before casting a vote, to the bigger tasks of community leadership to cure social ills. The polarization and punditry is preventing civil discourse and real exchange of ideas toward solutions; accompanied by objective insanity legitimized by air time, it seems the general population may be losing hope/care at the exponential rate.
A misinformed/apathetic/oppressed citizenry + governance without the public's trust and confidence (i.e., consent) => societal downslide if not some semblance of chaotic collapse.
So...Is this a nature v. nurture issue? Family v. school? Is it culturally driven (and therefore pending superstar persuasiveness)? If change requires extrinsic action, and we're not depending on charismatic wonderment or some privatized solution to save us all, what tangible measures can societies implement that will ACTUALLY work?