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Blog Reflection 2

In the documentary of former president Obamas farewell speech, he talks about the change we as young people can bring to the world. he states “I do have one final ask of you as your president – the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago. I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours” Is statement by the president meant a lot to me and many others who were watching.

Is reminds me of a quote Mahatma Gandhi once said “Be the change you wish to see in the world” what former president Obama and Gandhi mean by this is that one person can be a change. Don’t think because you’re just an middle class citizen you won’t make a change. Mr. Obama also states “Ill be right there next to you as a citizen” in his speech, letting us know he’s not leaving us and we could still make a change.

Coming from the president, this means a lot. This also meant to me that you don’t have to be a president to make a change. You don’t have to rely on your president to make the changes you wish to see. Go out and believe in the changes you wish to see.

Gandhi was only one man who wanted to see a change for his people, so he went out and took action on his believes. Of course its hard and you have to have the courage to step out of your comfort zone, even going out and joining an organization and participating could help make a change in your community.

(Former President Barack Obama picture found on google)

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Blog Response 4

Individuals are what make up a society, and the actions made by those individuals are what form that society. Individuals and society have a dependent relationship, society is what we make of it. Like how people of the same mentality come to together to forming a community, individuals also form society. Its our new trends and views on politics that make society what it is now.

I believe its the new generation shaping society out for what it is now. With all our new technology our views on politics and life. Just like anything we don’t like we have the ability change it, the problem is the people who have power getting in the way of a better way of living. If it wasn’t for the greedy rich people in society than the gap between the rich and power wouldn’t be as big as it is again.

The amazing grace is a great example of this, why should a poor little boys mom have to die of cancer and only wish be for her son to celebrate a holiday somewhere other than a soup kitchen. The rich don’t realize how privileged they are compared to the poor. Its society that forms this, but how did we get to where we are today in society? From the people in society who made it this way.

Now that I’m older, getting more involved in society and watching what the politics are doing to the world I’m realizing what type of government we truly live in and who’s fault it is. This class has also helped me a lot, with everything we’ve been reading and watching I’ve learned to form my own opinion on society. So yes, the individual has a lot to do with why society is the way it is, and its up to us the people to change it for the

(How poor kids in a community are living, picture found on google)

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citizenship

We are privileged being a United States citizens we have rights and privileges that most people around the world don’t have. We truly don’t know what we have till its gone, being a teenager I can tell you first hand we care a lot more about our social media than politics. We don’t know how others around the world are forced to live under a dictatorship thats why we don’t take advantage of our citizenship. At the age of 18 we have the right to vote, but like shown in the social media video, what teenagers would actually leave their house to go exercise such a right? Most teenagers around the world would love to have such a privilege.

I know that my grandparents moved here to give their kids and better life and education, my parents stayed here to raise us somewhere we would always be safe. We have rights that can’t be taken away from us. We have the ability to make our dreams come true, after all this is what the american dream is all about.

The citizen video started to get me thinking about the voting polls the are held on twitter, these polls are tweeted for others to place your votes on and get results as soon as your vote is placed. You see thousands of teenagers placing votes on these twitter polls, then come election day and you only see and handful of teenagers out at the polls voting. Social media has taken over the youth, if teenagers put in the same effort of social media into politics things would be a lot different in our government. We need to learn how to become active citizens and not just get brainwashed by the media.

Although some people put their social media to good use and talk with people that share similar political views as to each other, thats not being a active citizens. Yes, your voice is being heard through social media but not through the votes. All teenagers should register to vote and practice our rights, that most of don’t know we have.

(Photo of the United States passport from google)

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Democracy

Democracy, something that sounds like a dream to a lot of middle eastern countries who look at America as land of the free. Most of these countries have been ruled by the same people for over 20 years, so the thought of the people re-electing and voting for someone to rule the country is somewhat out of reach. Is this because of the islam religion or because of the government that has already been created in these countries?

This is the point that Benazir Bhutto in Islam And Democracy is trying to prove. Its not the religion that prohibits these countries from democracy, Because the religion is all for the equality of people. Its the extremist that show it out to be something completely wrong then what it really is. So why is it that these muslim countries don’t have democracy? I believe that its because of the corrupt government thats in office currently thats the problem, the people want change so they should step up and fight for what they want.

This isn’t so different from what happens in America, the people wanted something to end so protests, wars, and stands are taken until change is being made. We see our selves as free in this country, which I agree we are compared to others but are we really free or do we just think we are free. We vote for change and are very involved as citizens compared to others, but even though we are all about equality we still have levels of status and the ones at the top always have the must say in what really goes on in our country.

(Picture from google)

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