Let me start off by saying I am a registered Democrat. I also am taking part in a reality television show as a part of my college curriculum about the American Dream (in fact its called The American Dream Project). It is about topics and issues that effect the nation, and how they effect the everyday citizen and college students. Now going into this show I don’t claim to be a political genius or something, but I can manage to hold my own when talking about politics. But I have some friends who couldn’t even tell you what political party our president is a part of, or they don’t know how often we elect a new president (for those of you who do not know President Barack Obama is a Democrat and we elect a new president every four years).
The one thing that really bothers me though, is the people who do not care about things like this, and would rather remain blissfully ignorant to situations in our nation. The type of people who do not care about the way decisions our government makes until it affects them, which is often too late to do anything. Is it not part of our responsibilities as American citizens, of voting age, to help take part in the way our nation is run? Is that not one of the things that should be expected of us, to be conscious to current events and news that could directly or indirectly effect the people? We should know, as Americans, what is being done with Healthcare or our national debt or our foreign policies. Many of my friends are quite content in life not knowing about anything in life and could care less about our nation. Many of them haphazardly try to pull information out of nowhere when I mention that I am going to be on a reality TV show about politics and American current events. They will fatally tell me that George Bush is still president and that the economic crisis of 2008 was just some person missing a few zero’s over at the local bank.
I am not here to say I have the same knowledge of Malcolm Gladwell or Ben Bernanke. In fact I am taking part in this TV show so I can learn a lot more about current issues. But what I am here to say is that it is our right and our duty as Americans to know something about these issues; so that when something happens that we do not like, we are able to defend ourselves and what we believe in. Well, at least that’s the way I see it.
Here is a link to the website for this TV show im on: http://myamericandream.us/index.php
So I leave you with this quote by Daniel J. Boorstin:
Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.