Monthly Archives: January 2007

Remembering September 11th?

“A Los Angeles-based market research company hired by Paine reported that in 2002, 41 percent of those asked said they planned to observe September 11th in some way. This year (2003), only 17 percent will be observing the day. ‘You can expect those numbers to be cut in half next year. If we don’t do anthing, the memory will fade,’ ” he said. (Irvine World News – 9/11/2003)

Is there any doubt that the biggest issue this country faces is a lack of an involved citizenry? (September 2003)

American citizen

The freedoms and privileges afforded every citizen in our democracy are unwittingly being threatened by the very citizens they were designed to benefit. The term ‘American Citizen’ is too often considered to be a status, gained either through birth or naturalization, rather than a role to be fulfilled.” Matthew Horton – Good Citizen Director (August 2003)


We are supposed to live in a democracy – a country “of, by and for the people”. And the Declaration of Independence says that all men are endowed with certain unalienable Rights including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Continue reading

Silent majority

The “Silent Majority”? There is no “Silent Majority”. It’s an oxymoron. In a democracy, when the majority is silent, they are the minority. (May 2003)

2002 election day

March 5, 2002 was election day. On that day, the bodies of a number of Amreicans, who had died in a “fire fight” in Afghanistan trying to recover the body of a Navy Seal, were being flown back to the U.S. for burial. They and their families had sacrificed everything. Continue reading

The American blog

The purpose of the American Blog is to highlight and discuss matters related to being effective citizens in a democracy.

The American Blog is an adjunct to Good Citizen, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to teach Americans the importance of being involved and how to be effective citizens.  It’s focus is in on identifying simple, yet powerful, things – citizen actions – each of us can do to keep the country strong, vital and free -