I used to love the Year In Review segments on and in the news when I was a kid (nerdy, right? lol) This tradition continued into much of my adult life. This year, however, I took a pass. All the division, death, discord… seems like those are the highlights of 2018. Frankly, I don’t care to re-live it. I’m ready to move forward with an eye to the future with lessons learned from the past and a renewed focus on what is most important to a common sense citizen advocate.
We have been promised a year of investigations, impeachment hearings, and dozens of interested presidential candidates. Here are some Common Sense Civics and Citizenship ideas to make this year a profitable learning experience.
-As you consume news, look to all sides of an issue. Don’t let the media provide you with your opinions. Have your own conclusions based on facts.
-As you review prospective candidates for office, find out what they do with the small things in their lives today. Their actions in their current every day affect the more significant issues personally and professionally. Choose brave men and women who stand up for traditional American values of faith, family, and freedom…and the U.S. Constitution, of course.
-As you review current topics in our culture, seek out truth, justice and the American way. What now may be considered counter-cultural may be precisely what is needed in a society that seems to have glibly tossed aside its foundations.
-Be a person in 2019 who finishes what they start. Lots of people start with good intentions. Few people finish. Stay the course. Remember, there are always people who are watching your life. Being an American is a privilege and carries with it great responsibility.
These are just a few ideas to take your focus (and mine) off the headlines of 2019 and onto the more important things that concern Common Sense Civics and Citizenship. A very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year to you all!