Are You Raising a “Good” Citizen or a “Responsible” One?

Are you raising a good citizen or a responsible one?

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I have been feeling quite patriotic lately.  It’s not that I don’t normally feel this way, it’s just that certain times recharge and excite that patriot in me.  Like when truth triumphs over hate and the lies that try to distort it are defeated.

I’m proud to be American.

It’s sad to see our public schools and our colleges distorting truth and stripping that pride away from our kids. It breaks my heart.  It breaks my heart even more when parents lack the enthusiasm and maybe even the knowledge to stand up for our freedoms and to pass love and pride for our country down to their children.

I know a lot of people stay out of politics and especially a lot of Christian’s, but I pray that changes.  I’m a firm believer that a Christian’s citizenship is of Heaven, but I also believe we have an earthly citizenship for the short time we are on this earth and I believe that we have a moral duty to be active in what is going on around us.  We are so blessed and privileged in this country to be able to do just that!

Sadly, most people have forgotten what a privilege that is and more so, that it’s their responsibility to do so.  We have this amazing freedom.  Freedom that we seem to forget many people fought and died for.  Freedom is not free and can quickly be taken away from us if we don’t work to preserve that freedom.

While searching for homeschool friendly states to move to for when we are done living here in Alaska (It’s ridiculous how many regulations and loop holes you have to jump through in some states to educate your own children.  Something that definitely needs to be changed and worked on) I found that the best and the most free state to do so in is the great state of Texas.  (Ironically, Alaska is the second best state to homeschool in, but it has one major flaw, it’s not southern. 😉 )

They only have but 3 requirements and they are really no brainers:

1. The instruction must be bona fide (i.e., not a sham).

2. The curriculum must be in visual form (e.g., books, workbooks, video monitor).

3. The curriculum must include the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.

Source: https://thsc.org/homeschooling-in-texas/state-requirements/

The “good citizenship” at the end stuck out to me and I didn’t really know what it meant.  I found it a little odd but I know I am trying to raise my kids to be good Christian people so therefore I see them being good citizens, I pray so at least, and I figured it must have to do with history.  So in my mind I checked that box as being very doable and moved on in my search and didn’t think about it much more.

That is until I watched this show on Pureflix called “Chasing American Legends.”  It’s about the Green family, who actually happens to be a homeschool family, who actually happens to be a Texas homeschool family at that!  Basically in a nutshell, they’re major history buffs and they travel the states doing presentations on our nation’s history.  They have such an exuberant way of bringing history to life and really get you fired up about the roots of our great country.

It started to dawn on me that maybe “good citizenship” might be a little more than I originally thought it to be…

You know about the Bill of Rights, right?  Boy, people now a days love to scream and shout about their rights all while ignoring and trying to strip you of your own if you don’t agree with them.  Well, I think that’s because they haven’t been taught this other bill that I learned about from their show.

It’s called the Bill of Responsibilities.

Responsibility.  Something that seems the people of this nation are lacking more and more of.  We have gotten lazy, shirking our responsibility and giving too much up to the government and in doing so, we have lost our pride and sense of who we are!  There are a lot of overgrown babies who throw temper tantrums and contribute nothing to society except rage and violence.

This needs to change.

Take a look at this monument.
Notice it’s foundation then the rest of the wise words inscribed on it.

Bill of Responsibilities

It reads:

Preamble to the Bill of Responsibilities:

Freedom and responsibility are mutual and inseparable; we can ensure enjoyment of the one only by exercising the other.  Freedom for all of us depends on responsibility by each of us.  To secure and expand our liberties, therefore, we accept these responsibilities as individual members of a free society.

To be fully responsible for our own actions and for the consequences of those actions.  Freedom to choose carries with it the responsibility for our choices.

To respect the rights and beliefs of others.  In a free society, diversity flourishes. Courtesy and consideration toward others are measures of a civilized society.

To give sympathy, understanding, and help to others.  As we hope others will help us when we are in need, we should help others when they are in need.

To do our best to meet our own and our families’ needs.  There is no personal freedom without economic freedom.  By helping ourselves and those closest to us to become productive members of society, we contribute to the strength of the nation.

To respect and obey the laws.  Laws are mutually accepted rules by which, together, we maintain a free society.  Liberty itself is built on the foundation of law. That foundation provides an orderly process for changing laws.  It also depends on our obeying laws once they have been freely adopted.

To respect the property of others, both private and public.  No one has a right to what is not his or hers.  The right to enjoy what is ours depends on our respecting the right of others to enjoy what is theirs.

To share with others our appreciation of the benefits and obligations of freedom.  Freedom shared is freedom strengthened.

To participate constructively in the nation’s political life.  Democracy depends on an active citizenry.  It depends equally on an informed citizenry.

To help freedom survive by assuming personal responsibility for its defense.  Our nation cannot survive unless we defend it.  It’s security rests on the individual determination of each of us to help preserve it.

To respect the rights and to meet the responsibilities on which our liberty rests and our democracy depends.  This is the essence of freedom.  Maintaining it requires our common effort, all together and each individually.

 

Learn more about the Bill of Responsibilities and the Freedoms Foundation at https://www.freedomsfoundation.org/about/

Wow.

The government as well as schools and universities no longer accept God as the foundation for what we do in this nation.  They have expelled and dismissed Him as not being politically correct which is immensely sad when our nation was most definitely founded in a universal belief in Him.  It’s no wonder we are where we are today.  Without God there is no need for morals and without morals there is a state of sin, confusion, and disorder.

This is where we must rise up in our parenting and take charge of the education of our children.  We’ve got to raise a generation going back to our roots and instilling in them the importance of our freedom, how we got it, and how it’s our responsibility to fight to keep it that way.  We must not let what our forefathers worked so hard on be so easily forgotten.

It only takes a spark and we must ignite passion and pride back into our culture!  I know there are still Patriots out there fighting to uphold and defend our liberty and freedom and I’m going to make certain I do my best and lead by example and teach my children to do the same.

Looking back at the Texas requirement of good citizenship, now knowing about the Bill of Responsibilities, it makes me think about it in a whole new way.

Perhaps it’s not about just raising a “good” citizen.

Perhaps it’s about raising a responsible one.

Are you with me?

 

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