Good citizenship vital to democracy by Jill Long Thompson

Good citizenship vital to democracy | | Featuring The Character of American Democracy by Jill Long Thompson | September 25, 2020

The lifeblood of a strong and enduring democratic society is a citizenry of good character.

Living in a democracy means being a caretaker of democracy. The success of our country is determined by us, and we are all charged with the responsibility of making and keeping it strong. The equation is unambiguous: the character we have as a nation is the sum of the character we have as individuals. Democracy is a shared responsibility, and we must look inward to ourselves, as well as outward to our leaders and fellow citizens, to make it work. Each of us has the obligation to understand the role we play: one of dedication to a life of purpose, integrity, honor, and personal accountability. We are all in this together.

We have some work ahead of us. Using the widely accepted pillars of character — trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship — and recognizing their importance to democracy, one can easily identify changes we need to make.


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