You’re expecting a lecture after seeing the title, aren’t you?
Well, I’m here to tell you why I believe Republicans do this better. Is there room for improvement? Absolutely.
Civic duties shouldn’t include actually attending jury duty (and not finding an excuse to get out of it) and voting. As Americans, we too often take advantage of the freedoms we are provided. Our civic duties are far more than just jury duty and voting; they’re standing up for what we believe in and volunteering in our communities.
We all hear the grumblings of folks that aren’t happy with something going on in their community, but have you ever asked what they’re doing to make a change? As thankful as I am that I share my opinion here, I have to hold myself responsible for actually getting my tail out from behind the computer screen and doing something, rather than just talking about it. I believe that Republicans as a whole are good about sharing their opinions, understanding the importance of jury duty, voting, petitions and volunteering.
Jury duty is probably the most despised of the list of items we should be thankful we can do for our community, but there is a reason that instructions for ‘Requesting Excuses’ is high on the FAQ list. We have folks on the front lines defending our freedom, why can’t you suck it up for a day (or a few) and sit in an air conditioned/heated room where you don’t have to worry about your safety? You’re uniquely you, and can only give your honest perspective to each case. Don’t go in and be extreme so that you get dismissed – yes, I’ve heard the stories too.
Voting is something that has been a priority for me since I was 20. Having been registered since 18, and voted in a couple of local races it didn’t initially seem too exciting to me. You see, I didn’t see the impact one vote could make, but after waiting 3+ hours in line to vote for George W. Bush to serve a second term, I got it (that point was made in my community November 2013). Plus, I lived in Florida and knew the system down there is by no means flawless.
This week on social media there was a petition floating around for support for SB63.This is a great example of how Republicans do this better. As the site says:
“Republicans believe in the power of the free market to provide good jobs to the citizens of Georgia. Republicans also believe in the power of good conversation over a cold beer enjoyed responsibly.
Republicans now find themselves in a position to make a difference! In 2013, the United States saw $14.3 billion in craft beer sales – and Georgia is losing out! By making some small changes to our law, we can allow local brewers to build a thriving industry that supports jobs across the state… “
I’m impressed by the new techniques my peers are using to reach out for support of the issues that mean to most to them. Setting up a website with a simple login info and capturing information from hundreds to thousands helps show our legislators that we are paying attention, and the decisions that they make (right, wrong, or indifferent) are being seen by their constituents.
Volunteering in our communities is another one of my favorite subjects. Whether it is volunteering at a charity, in your church, on a campaign, or in your neighborhood home owner’s association, Republicans do this well. On January 10th more than 200 people across the state volunteered for Governor Deal’s ‘With A Servant’s Heart’ . I personally was at the City of Refuge location where a hot lunch was served, hair dressers were on site to give haircuts, ladies were able to get their nails done, dentists were on site for teeth cleanings, job interviewing and resume help was provided, and I’m sure there are a few things I’m missing. It was an incredible day of practicing what we preach. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent there, and I look forward to volunteering again soon.
There are so many organizations across the state that need our help, and I encourage y’all to share opportunities you know of in your area in the comments thread, maybe we can connect folks looking to help out in their community. Looking for somewhere to volunteer in Cobb County? MUST Ministries is always looking for folks to help with the variety of services they provide to those in need. Information and applications can be found here.
I’m thankful to live in the land of the free, and home of the brave. Let’s work hard to keep it that way.