In your opinion as Citizens of your country should you question the policy's

@meandmy3 (2229)
United States
May 8, 2009 8:59am CST
and decisions of those in public office. This is a discussion I have had with many friends off line. I am ashamed to say that I have some friends who think that you should just accept what the President, Governor etc does and that we should not question it. That we should not nit pick things. Really??? why not?? This is our country, they are in office to represent us, not them selves and their own agenda, or parties agenda, however we all know that is not how things work, even here in America. The dem are in power right now, so during this time they will do all they can to get their believes into policy. but what if this policy is not the will of the people, and I am not just saying that it is not the will of the republicans, there are some dem's that do not agree with some of the things the president is doing. In addition when Bush was in power there were things he did that republicans did not agree with. I think to be a responsible citizen you should voice your opinion, write your congressmen when there is important legislation that affects you as well as your area. We should not just sit back and say well we elected him I am sure he is going to have our best interest at heart. It is sad but that is not how it works. You have a voice, use it.
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
8 May 09
It depends on whether you want to be a Sheep or a Guard Dog. Personally, I don't want to be a Sheep, lead around by the Wolves who are in power whether that be national, state or local. I would much rather be a Guard Dog, watching, learning and barking (speaking out) when the wolves try to pull the wool over our eyes. If you don't take an active interest in what's happening in your country then you have no reason to gripe and complain when you finally realize, after it's too late, that you don't approve of something.
@meandmy3 (2229)
• United States
8 May 09
I have no desire to be the sheep. I want to lead I want to make change. I attend county meetings to learn what is going on with in our county. I subscribe to email's that keeps me informed of new laws for both state and national. I believe it is my responsibility to be informed on what is going on. Thank you
@pprchase (77)
• Japan
8 May 09
In my country, I will promote more of its foreigner relations and reach these severe gap we have right now. Just like in America, I think we also have the same situation here where people doesn't realize their roles in this society. They also have the power to decide for their country's sake and help the present condition of the government issues.
@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
8 May 09
We used to live in a Democracy. Then it became a Socialistic Democracy. Then we became very Socialistic and now we are becoming Communist. When the Congress and Obama decided to turn the Bank stocks into Common stocks, they literally Nationalized the Banks. Did they ask the people first? That is definitely not a Democratic move folks. Neither is firing the CEOs of big businesses. Did they ask the people first? That is Nationalization and Communism. What happened to the transparency that Obama promised? That means it is dam well time to get involved in you government!!! It is time to call every one of your representatives and tell them that you do NOT want this going on and you WILL be voting in 2010!!!! Shalom~Adoniah
@Smith2028 (797)
• United States
8 May 09
Not only should we question the decisions of our public officials, it is our duty and our responsibility. This country was founded on the principle of representation. As a citizen of the United States, one must always be questioning whether or not those elected to represent us are truly doing that. An elected official has the responsibility to accurately represent those who voted him or her into the office he or she holds, if they are not doing that, then they must be voted out of office. To not speak up, to not voice your concerns is a deprevation of essential human rights and a direct violation of the rights given to us by the Constitution. If we are not to speak up, not to voice, then we are no longer the Republic we once were.
@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
8 May 09
Freedom of expression is one of the greatest thing democracy had given us. If we are living in a democratic country, then it is just right to question a policy. However, there are decent ways to do so because most are actually just nit picking. As you have pointed out, writing to your legislators is right. Since they are the ones who can represent their constituents in the right assemble. Another thing that we could do is to be aware of any legislation being crafted and be active as much as possible in the deliberations of such possible regulations.
• United States
8 May 09
I comlete;y agree with you. we have the freedom to ask questions yet people just go along with whatever politicians want instead of saying, wait a minute is that a good thing or is there an alternitive? I think that if more people did voice an opinion things may be different.