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By Angelo Lopez on September 27, 2012

In mid September I attended the 56th annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists in Washington D.C. It was an enjoyable event and I managed to meet many cartoonists whose work I deeply admire. Two years ago I had attended an AAEC convention in Portland, Oregon, and had a good time. This year it seemed very appropriate for the convention to take place in our capitol as it is an election year. It was my first time in Washington D.C. and I had time to visit the great monuments and talk to other political cartoonists from across the country.

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By Ken Poland on September 20, 2012

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. -Helen Adams Keller, lecturer and author (1880-1968)

No, for you literary purists, I didn't research and find this quote on my own. I lifted it off the internet from A.Word.A.Day.

Us small minded little people are the ones who will bring this country back to its greatness. If we, as a nation, have lost it. Yes, we need great and inspiring leaders. We need honest hard working public servants. But, what we need most is for the common folks of society to start taking responsibility for the ethics and morals that facilitate harmony. Great leaders cannot force the civilization of mankind. Jesus Christ, himself, could not change the hearts of men, unless they wanted to be changed. A big stick can force compliance, but it won't create harmony.

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By Diane Wahto on September 16, 2012

Wichita, Kansas—According to news media, the Chicago Teachers Union strike might end today, September 16, 2012, and students will be in school on Monday.However, Karen Lewis, CTU president, said the board of education shouldn’t make hasty assumptions.

As a lifetime NEA member and a member of the negotiations teams at the three schools where I taught, I have taken an interest in this strike, which seems to me to be a defining moment in the future of teachers unions in America.

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By Randy Leer on September 14, 2012

I’m a Navy Veteran. As you might expect, I have many friends who are Veterans. As a result I tend to hear about the interactions they have with the Veteran Affairs Administration, on top of my own experiences. Most of our experiences are not good. There has been coverage in the media about the failings that have taken place in the VA. Immediately, everyone wants to point fingers at the directors of the VA. Perhaps there is some fault that needs to be laid at their feet. However, our elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, deserve much more of the fault.

Our elected officials talk a great deal about the military and foreign policy. In fact, there have been those who have called for military intervention in Egypt, Syria, Iran, and most recently in Libya. Others have been calling for the end to our military involvement in many regions. Regardless of which side they are on, they are making decisions that will dramatically impact the number of Veterans that are being churned out.

"A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The 'United States of America', for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'”

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By Angelo Lopez on September 9, 2012

Thank you Ken, for your wise insights. Perhaps if people want to comment, they can go to the Everyday Citizen facebook page. I deeply admire the activists, reformers, and do-gooders who have made this country and this world a better place through their persistence and moral courage. I like what you wrote:

Activism is a vital ingredient to keep social order in the hands of the common people. All great movements in history started with one or two individuals who stirred the imagination of others. Some of those movements were not good. But unless good people are motivated to get involved in the issues, the bad people will set the standards in society.

One of the groups that I most admire are those people who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Ever since I watched Schindler's list, I've been interested in learning more about them. I had written a blog about them 4 years ago and have seen several books on the subject in the library. Some rescuers were deeply religious while others were atheists. Some had close friendships with Jews while others didn't have any personal relationships with Jewish people but rescued individuals for reasons of human compassion. Researchers of these groups have found general qualities in many of these rescuers that are also found in activists.

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By Ken Poland on September 8, 2012

The Dems, just like the Repubs, have come away from their pep rally with the hope that they have fired up the team. The crowd was behind them in the rally. The question now is: Will the expanded crowd that wasn't at the convention, in person, have caught the fever and enthusiasm?

As Dr. Mark Hansen pointed out at the Colby Community College “Max Pickerell Lecture Series” the other night, the older generations of both parties tend to be in the center and more moderate than the younger generations. We (the older generation) are more aware of historical trends. I’m not nearly as excitable as I was some sixty years ago. We have survived a lifetime of failures and successes, and the sun is still rising in the East and setting in the West on a predictable schedule. We have learned to adapt to the changing seasons, heat cycles and cold cycles. We haven’t always predicted, with absolute accuracy, the conditions and haven’t always been prepared with proper adaptation.

As all you readers are aware, I am a Democrat. And, contrary to what I keep hearing from a lot of people, there is a distinctively vast difference in the platforms of the two parties. There are some very basic differences in their economic policies and what role the government should play in our everyday lives.

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By Ken Poland on September 7, 2012

Thank you, Angelo, for your persistence to keep EverydayCitizen active. I do appreciate your research. I wish the comment feature would work. Surely there are some folks who would contribute short comments, both pro and con. We need more writers who are willing to share their views on social and political issues.

Activism is a vital ingredient to keep social order in the hands of the common people. All great movements in history started with one or two individuals who stirred the imagination of others. Some of those movements were not good. But unless good people are motivated to get involved in the issues, the bad people will set the standards in society.

When greed, lust for power, revenge, and just plain evil hatred are the motivating factors, hell becomes reality. Incidentally, religion has not been immune from all those negative motivating factors. History suggests that some of the most violently inhumane treatment of large sectors of society were instigated by religious fanatics. No organized religion can claim not to have had followers, at some time in history, who twisted the tenets of their religion and wreaked havoc on their fellow man. Man, by his very nature, is programmed to seek a spiritual or religious awareness. And, man’s natural instinct for survival makes him competitive. We fear for our survival in a diverse culture that allows spiritual and emotional expression from others who do not share our individual beliefs.

We have a hard time accepting the premise that the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of others to worship and act in ways contrary to our own faith and beliefs. Our Constitution does not declare that we are a Christian Nation and that all our laws and social standards must meet the Biblical test of any specific group or sect. It very plainly states that Government shall not endorse, promote, or prohibit any religious or spiritual organization.

By Angelo Lopez on September 3, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech is one of the most important speeches in American history. It influenced many Americans at the time to support the civil rights movement and it has influenced future generations of reformers and activists to fight for social justice. The speech had such a powerful impact that it tends to overshadow the many people who had contributed to the famous March on Washington in 1963. The protest march was a culmination of the great civil rights leaders and organizations of the time, and of the 250,000 people who participated in a nonviolent demonstration to promote Civil Rights and economic equality for African Americans.

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