The task of defining citizenship is an difficult endeavor which takes much thought and careful examination in order to make sense of what constitutes the ideals of citizenship. Previously, I never gave much thought to what citizenship is and what it means to me. My first inclinations were that citizenship was related to politics and practicing the rule of law. From whot I have learned in class, I can confidently say that my views of citizenship have changed for the better to include a broader vision than just the politically involved law-abiding citizen. Citizenship is, at its least, the individual’s practice of civic engagement in the forms of political participation, critiquing government, instituting change through democratic process
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In light of voting, it is also recognized that there is a clear polarization between the government and the local grassroots community. The government is slow and cumbersome. Discontent kills hope for change and brings about the realization that something must be done without relying on a flawed government. The needs of the people often take a back seat to the insider politics of providing for special interests. Hobbes speaks clearly about the problem of the human spirit which is in direct contradiction to the laws of nature. In the Leviathan, Hobbes outlines the dilemma of conflicting self interests of man, exposing the struggle between both that which is good and that which sets itself against the efforts of that which is good.
For the laws of nature, as justice, equity, modesty, mercy, and, in sum, doing to others as we would be done to, of themselves, without the terror of some power to cause them to be observed, are contrary to our natural passions, that carry us to partiality, pride, revenge, and the like. And covenants, without the sword, are but words and of no strength to secure a man at all. (Hobbes, 7)
Hobbes calls for responsibility to act upon that which is discussed and decided upon. Breaches in the social contract are clearly attributed to the struggle of human self interest the common good found in the laws of nature. The social contract between the government and its people has been