Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Protecting Our Democracy With Knowledge

June 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 169

Our idea of citizenship tends to focus on the rights implicit in it, but citizenship is more defined by duties than by rights. We are required to play a role, as watchdog and as advocate, which demands that we remain consistently informed. If we don't think of a major department, such as the Social Security Administration, until we're collecting social security or filling out a disability application, then we are not meeting our civic obligations.

Democracy fails when the citizenry ceases to inform itself. It fails when the people become lazy. It fails when the people become too ideologically charged. Facts are objective, and when we get caught up in subjective ideas in defiance of those facts we vote wildly. When we are well informed we vote more rationally. And collectively, our votes are important: they elect leaders, and they influence policy.

It is now technically possible to give each citizen a roadmap that situates him or her within the context of government programs. Each program is published and in action, so the data is there. It should be possible to enter some personal information and get a full description of the benefits we are receiving or are eligible for. That would help us to understand how we fit into these programs, rather than the programs being distant, impersonal things.

And although it's sad that this is necessary, every citizen should be required to take periodic classes that help us to understand the evolution of statutes and the bureaucracy. Things are always changing, and just as professionals benefit from continuing education so would members of a society. More importantly, those classes would foster communication between the government and the people.

The less we understand the government's role in our lives, the more open we are to misinformation. Manipulation is done through misinformation. The more we understand, the more we can decipher misinformation and render the manipulators powerless.

The rhetoric that flies around, attempting to sway our opinion one way or the other, rarely gets below the surface. When we get caught up in that rhetoric, we fail to grasp the context of any of the programs the government manages or supports. Without that context, many programs seem misguided. When we understand it, though, we can see the necessity of programs we would otherwise oppose, and we can see the need to keep the programs we find valuable safe from threats.

When we think about protecting a good program, we usually think of protecting it from those who oppose it. But in reality the greatest threat to most social programs comes not from their opponents but from their supporters. They have to be protected from the bureaucracy that grows inside them. They have to be protected from their own leadership. Keeping them on mission and economically feasible is a constant battle that we have to wage so that those good programs will be around to benefit our children.

Citizenship is a right. It is a luxury. But it is far more than that as well. It is a job, first and foremost, and we should treat it as one. We shouldn't wait until we're filing out a disability application to understand what the Social Security Administration does. We should educate ourselves. We should become its biggest advocate and its most vigilant watchdog. That is what being a citizen is all about.

I'm a social security consultant with an expert knowledge of social security disability forms. For more resources and information, check out disability application.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

 
0
 
0
 
Rate this Article
 vote(s)
Feedback
Print
Re-Publish

Article Tags:

Disability Application

,

Ssi Disability

,

Ssi Application

,

Social Security Disability Insurance

Auto insurance is probably one of the most expensive insurance types in Canada. An average car insurance policy in Canada costs approximately $1,200 per year and in Ontario, the largest Canadian

By: Alex Saltykov l Insurance > Car Auto l July 09, 2013 lViews: 553

Your house is often your largest investment that you need to protect via insurance. We created a list of multiple savings tips related to Home insurance and hope that these will help you to save a

By: Alex Saltykov l Insurance > Home Owners Renters l December 27, 2012 lViews: 380

Most auto insurance companies design specific car insurance policies for classic and antique cars. If you think you have a classic car and want classic car insurance, you will need to be sure that

By: Richard l Insurance > Car Auto l October 17, 2012 lViews: 570

Business Overhead Expense Insurance Plans can provide cash flow to the business in the event of a disability to a key employee or owner. For a small, growing company it might make the difference

By: T. Spencer White l Insurance > Disability l July 17, 2012 lViews: 243

Workers compensation costs are rising. According to a recent report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), indemnity costs per claim (the loss of earning capacity, payments for lost

By: Kelly C. Williams l Insurance > Workers Compensation l July 08, 2012 lViews: 221

One of the most helpful government programs out there is the SSI Disability program. A person that is legitimately disabled, and cannot work to provide an income for themselves for their family

By: Oleg Winter-Burnett l Insurance > Disability l July 04, 2012 lViews: 282

Business Overhead Expense Insurance Plans can provide cash flow to the business in the event of a disability to a key employee or owner. For a small, growing company it might make the difference

By: T. Spencer Whitel Insurance > Disabilityl July 17, 2012 lViews: 243

One of the most helpful government programs out there is the SSI Disability program. A person that is legitimately disabled, and cannot work to provide an income for themselves for their family

By: Oleg Winter-Burnettl Insurance > Disabilityl July 04, 2012 lViews: 282

It is an unfortunate reality that sometimes terrible things happen and we are left unable to work. Although things like the disability application can seem very difficult to get through you still

By: Oleg Winter-Burnettl Insurance > Disabilityl July 04, 2012 lViews: 267

If you can't work due to a medical condition, you may be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Before beginning the application process, there are some things

By: Suzanna Lakerl Insurance > Disabilityl June 29, 2012 lViews: 250

Life takes a toll and moves at the speed of light. Over time we focus on priorities that are more immediate than others. With certain things, since there is no immediate pain, we tend to put off

By: Butch Zemarl Insurance > Disabilityl June 27, 2012 lViews: 153

The SSI disability program or the Supplemental Security Income program is designed to help blind, aged, or disabled people who don't have the means to help themselves. The program only covers those

By: Oleg Winter-Burnettl Insurance > Disabilityl June 10, 2012 lViews: 196

One of the most helpful government programs out there is the SSI Disability program. A person that is legitimately disabled, and cannot work to provide an income for themselves for their family

By: Oleg Winter-Burnettl Insurance > Disabilityl July 04, 2012 lViews: 282

It is an unfortunate reality that sometimes terrible things happen and we are left unable to work. Although things like the disability application can seem very difficult to get through you still

By: Oleg Winter-Burnettl Insurance > Disabilityl July 04, 2012 lViews: 267

The SSI disability program or the Supplemental Security Income program is designed to help blind, aged, or disabled people who don't have the means to help themselves. The program only covers those

By: Oleg Winter-Burnettl Insurance > Disabilityl June 10, 2012 lViews: 196

You are never too young to start considering what it means to have to go through the disability application process. There are several types of disability application, some associated with social

By: Oleg Winter-Burnettl Insurance > Disabilityl May 29, 2012 lViews: 183

If you are 65 years or older, blind or disabled, and have limited income and resources, you may be applicable for SSI disability coverage. Certain conditions apply for applicants, which we will cover

By: Oleg Winter-Burnettl Insurance > Disabilityl May 29, 2012 lViews: 176

Are you in the position in which you might need to fill out a disability application? You'll be happy to know that even though doing so can be quite confusing, it doesn't have to be nearly as hard as

By: Oleg Winter-Burnettl Health & Fitness > Disabilityl March 10, 2012 lViews: 199

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus