The most recent diatribe by this befuddled blogger chronicled adventures in the sample citizenship test provided by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Since that blog it was made clear that I had grown up in a different world: In my world it was important to know where you came from if you wanted any hope to knowing where you were going. In my educational syllabus humanities were for every man. And in our home beautiful was there to be beautiful. In short, I had a clear advantage in taking a mere test. The efforts and success of our friend Mario, as reported in The Brazil Times, were certainly more noteworthy than of any of us who "should" find the test easy.
There is a difference, however, between becoming a citizen and being one. One can become an American citizen solely by the good fortune of timing and placement. Being a citizen takes more of a conscious effort; an effort it might be doubted I myself have diligently made. So, I created a test of some of the things which might be involved in "being" a citizen of the City of Brazil, Clay County, Indiana, United States of America. Like the INS test, mine is in three parts:
PART I: LET GEORGE DO IT
Ever Gone To A City Council Meeting Just to See How/If Local Government Works?
Ever Attended A School Board Meeting With No Agenda Of Your Own?
Ever Made A Financial Contribution To A Candidate In Whom You Believed?
Ever Met City Alderman (Alderperson?) at One of Those Scheduled Public Meetings?
Ever Attended A Cracker Barrel Meetings-- For Which Our Representatives Go To Some Effort On Their Own Dime?
PART II: DON'T GET HANDS DIRTY
Ever Served On A Jury?
Ever Taken Part in Passage of a New Law?
Ever Gone To Court Just To See What Happens Without Judge Judy?
Ever Voted In An Uncontested Primary Election On A Rainy Day?
Ever Successfully Defended a Speeding Ticket in Traffic Court?
PART III: AVOID PUBLIC NOTICE
Ever Written A (Signed) Letter To The Editor Of The Brazil Times -- And It Was Worth Publishing?
Know The Difference Between County Councilman and Commissioner?
If you have any more pertinent questions for my Citizen Test, feel free to let me know.
My answers to my own "Citizen Test" will be posted on this blog later (brought to you courtesy of the citizen's right of Free Speech and Freedom of the Press, thank you).
David L. Lewis is an observer of and sometimes commentator on life who may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.