A Look Back in Time Part 2

by Michelle Lasley

Michelle Lasley is a mother, wife in Pacific Northwest learning to balance green dreams with budget realities.

September 23, 2008

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Categories: The Balancing Act

I wrote this 4 years ago.

July 2, 2004

[Our] government is of the people, for the people, and by the people. Is this what we have? Do our politicians, those representing us, represent our ideas and qualities? What ideas do our mothers and fathers instill into us, children, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles? Do we instill lying or honesty? Do we instill morality or immorality? Do we instill caring and compassion or do we instill tactics of turning the other cheek? Do we instill understanding or a lack thereof? What do we want our children to become? What type of adults do we want them to be? Do we want them to be honorable? What is honor? How do we go about instilling these values into our children?

If how we raise our children can be an example of traits we want people to exhibit, and if government is supposed to represent people, then what do we do when it is evident our representatives do not inhibit the traits we deem best? Do half of us not vote, or actively participate in this representation? Do we become frustrated by a lack of clear choices when it comes to deciding who shall represent us? Do we grudgingly choose the lesser of two evils, because this way at least we are participating? What is worse: failing to participate or participating in a half-assed manner?

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