by Arturo Espinoza
As this pandemic continues on its chaotic, erratic and unpredictable course, we are seeing vast, outrageous, divisive and frightening social, educational and economic changes taking place. For example, did you know that subjects like civics and government stopped being taught in our schools over 20 years ago? So then, is it any wonder that most of today’s youth seem to know next to nothing about how our constitution and our government are supposed to work?
Ultimately, if the above is true, then how can we expect today’s youth to make informed decisions about their responsibilities, rights, and powers as citizens, especially when it comes to understanding how laws are passed, let alone knowing how to exercise that power in making meaningful societal changes? At the same time, it is important for us as individuals and as a proactive group to focus on being actively involved in the process of making a difference in what happens on many social and political levels.
Remember that even though we who are legally and physically blind only make up about 1 percent of this nation’s population, we are not without a voice. You can make a difference by 1) reacquainting yourself with the constitution, 2) then taking steps to gather pertinent information about those candidates who want to run your state’s house and senate and 3) actively being a part of the voting process in November.
Finally, while we may be without some or all of our sight, most of us out there are of sound minds and strong hearts. If this were not so, publications like the Forum and organizations like the ACB would not and could not exist. I respectfully remind you of the fact that what affects the world in general will also most definitely affect you. And this is why it is imperative that your voices, your expectations and desires as to your country’s destiny be stated loud and clear! I know that doing what it takes to make it from day to day can be stressful. Yet, ignoring or minimizing what is happening can and will have dire and irreparable consequences for us and the future of those generations to come.