Republic isn’t really an again or back work — but to enjoy living in the United States there are things I need to do again and again.

One definition of a republic is: “A government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law.”

The United States is often referred to as a republic. This definition implies that citizens have rights and responsibilities.

To me fulflling those roles and responsibilities as a good citizen, creates a real patriot. I thought I’d share a few things that I think are the best.

  1. Voting. Voting makes you a true patriot, regardless of how bad the choices are — as a citizen of this country it’s you duty.
  2. Petitioning. Whether by calling, writing, or emailing, or even via protesting, assembling, and voicing, I have access to my elected officials and I can make my opinions and requests known to them. It’s my right and responsibility to do this.
  3. Understanding. It’s my responsibility to read diverse opinions on all the issues. Not just one side or the other. I should search for true journalism.

While I’m not always a flag-waving, fireworks-watching patriot, I love my country and what it promises, even though I often disagree vehemently with what it’s doing.

Happy Independence Day! ❤