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Citizen In A Democracy Is The Highest & Best Title Any Person Can Have

My friend Kate, who lives in California, and who once lived in Texas, is on jury duty. She has a trial that will last many weeks. She is at the same time working her regular job.

Kate is up front about this not being ideal situation. It is hard work. Yet the bottom line is that Kate showed up for jury duty when summoned and that she is meeting her obligations as a citizen. Kate knows that the highest title and most complex job anyone can have is citizenship in a democracy.

The great honor of our citizenship is that it is shared with many millions of people. It is the things that are jointly held that matter the most.

The complexity of our citizenship is found in the difficulty of balancing our private interests with the public good. Finding this balance requires the discipline of critical thinking and personal effort.

What is excellent about this complexity is that any person of average intelligence–Kate is very smart– can find a reasonable enough solution if they are only willing to try. Again—The best things in life are the things that are open to all.

Kate is an excellent citizen. I can’t think of a better thing to say about a person.   

March 25, 2007 - Posted by | Good People, Politics, Taxes---Yes!


  1. In Britain, nationals are not citizens, they are “British Subjects”.
    In Canada, we share the same head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, and political system, Parliamentary democracy. but we are not subjects, but Canadian Citizens.

    I think this is strange, though I prefer citizenship to being a subject (but it is all semantics anyway).

    Whatever you are, jury duty is a fundamental part of democracy, and I wish there were more public responsibilities of the same kind. They promote civic pride and identity without resorting to Patriotism or its ugly sister, Nationalism.

    Comment by Sam | March 26, 2007

  2. Patriotism isn’t inherently bad, it depends, like most things, on what people do with it.

    While it can drive some to commit atrocities, it can also spur others to perform great deeds.

    Comment by Laz | March 28, 2007

  3. I was trying to distinguish between, yet relate, Patriotism and Nationalism. I agree that Patriotism isn’t inherently bad. Nationalism isn’t *inherently* bad either. However from my perspective they are different degrees of the same slippery slope (it is possible to go to great heights on a slope, but its easier and more common to go down). Neither are the substitute for civic pride/unity/identity/duty as is often implied.

    Comment by Sam | March 30, 2007

  4. citizenship would be a little more powerful if the people were more concerned with their rights and not affraid of the world and affraid to pay taxes and pay more for what they buy. We are consumers and all we do is consume as a whole. we dont care if its from china and made on the backs of children. we want cheap gas cheap clothes cheap housing, Unless you are rich which most of us are not you have to want the cheapest out there and that is how the system is set up. I agree Citizenship in important and even if i do feel that my vote counts thanks to Neil I do vote. Thanks Neil

    Comment by bill b | April 1, 2007

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