Every once in a while a classroom topic really makes me think. Last week we skimmed the top of one of my favorite topics, the Declaration of Independence. As far as documents go this is, in my opinion, the basis of our government.
I’m not usually a political poster but this morning I was pondering a phrase out of the Declaration…
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.
Let me translate for you…if you don’t like what’s going on with our government, change it!
Now, even my 8th graders misconceived this when thinking in terms of colonial America but a little discussion sent them in the right direction.
The writers of the Declaration were talking about changing their political environment by replacing the king with a government run by the colonists.
How does that apply to modern day? I asked a class what it meant to them as a citizen experiencing the upcoming election. They came to the conclusion that voting is the number one way to alter our government and that was the mindset of colonial leaders also. Back then, colonial leaders had to over throw the king with the American Revolution but today you don’t necessarily have to over throw our government to change it. Voting someone out of office is just as effective as over throwing it.
I’ve seen so many people on Facebook getting upset about other people’s political views. Why get upset with each other when most all Americans are just unhappy with the government (not each other) & want to see it change. We need to quit focusing on bashing each other’s opinions & focus on altering our representatives who make the decisions. It’s not forcing people to agree with your opinion that will change our countries direction, it’s action at the poles.
I’ve always known that voting was important for some reason because my parents and so many others wouldn’t have done it without a strong purpose. After analyzing the Declaration of Independence, I get it. Voting brings change and change is what we need to take care of our government over spending. I tell my students that money makes the world go round & so many interactions within our government could improve without the added financial stress of our $19.3 trillion in national debt.
This ends my political ramblings but just remember, debt causes undue stress! Balance the debt & our government could focus on other problems.