The Relationship of Civic Engagement, Democratic Decision-Making, and Public Speaking

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The Relationship of Civic Engagement, Democratic Decision-Making, and Public Speaking

Tiffaney Piper

Honors Public Speaking/COM 2243

Tiffaney Piper
Dr. Hal Fulmar
Honors Public Speaking
6 December 2011

The Relationship of Civic Engagement, Democratic Decision-Making, and Public Speaking

The relationship of civic engagement, democratic decision-making, and public speaking is something that indirectly and directly affects the lives of citizens and law makers alike. These terms go hand in hand with each other in their role in a democratic society. They create a sort of continuous triangle that keeps repeating as the cycle repeats itself. This semester we have grazed the surface, at the least, of each of these topics with
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I know now. A citizen has the courage to make the safety of the human race their personal responsibility. Dizzy was my friend. She was a soldier. But most important, she was a citizen of the Federation.” No matter the extent of involvement that engaged citizenship requires for each individual the common ground is that they learn to put the group above their selves. And so this is, in my opinion, the relationship of engaged citizenship and the citizen—to be engaged as a single citizen and make choices that will help the majority as opposed to helping only yourself. An example we have come across in class is this: recently in The New York Times we have been bombarded with pictures and articles of the 99% Movement. They claim that the government of the United States has been making decisions for the 1%, or themselves. They claim to be the 99% of Americans affected by the decisions made by the Federal Government. They are engaged for the whole in protests and rallies. Whether or not this is something you follow or believe in, this is an example of people using their engagement in government for more than just themselves. This leads us into the next portion of the relationship that affects the citizens of democratic society—democratic decision-making. "Gentlemen of the Congress: I have called the congress into extraordinary session
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