Thursday, February 23, 2006

Politics matters to you

"Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important."
- Eugene McCarthy

Despite what our media would have us believe, the lives of ordinary citizens of the United States, China, Morocco or Finland are affected very little by the day to day operations of their governments, no matter who is in charge.

A government can only nudge its people a tiny bit on one direction or another. Rarely can it make a major difference in anyone's life unless that person does something to make him outstanding as a risk. People will not behave differently from the way they want to behave for long, despite what laws may be passed or which leader is in charge.

The people of each country get the kind of government leadership they deserve. The interest they pay in the welfare of their country determines how well their govenrment is run.

When people care more about their own welfare than that of their country or their countrymen on a continual basis, corruption and abuses abound in their government.

Each of us must care for ourselves and our loved ones. But if we don't also care for those who are in our political group (our fellow nationals), we pay a high price.

People care for what they are taught to care for. If they should care about the welfare of their country and their countrymen, this must be taught to children before they reach adolescence. After that their life priorities have been set.

We get what we teach.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help everyone recognize that teaching values to children is critically important.
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