Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Voices On Government- Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan was the first African American woman ever elected to the Texas legislature. She went on to represent her State in the U.S. House of Representatives (1973-1979).  Famous for her eloquent speeches, Barbara Jordan often seemed to serve as the conscious of the government.  In her keynote speech at the 1976 Democratic National Convention, she noted: "A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share the responsibility for upholding the common good.  A government is invigorated when each of us is willing to participate in shaping the future of this nation...Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer.  For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, it is realized in each one of us."

Evaluating the Question: How do Jordan's expectations for Americans relate to the basic ideas that underlie our democracy?


13 comments:

  1. The defenition of nation is : any sizeable group of people who are united by common bonds. Jordan expectations relate to this because she wants everyone to give an opinion so everyone can share ideas.

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  2. Jordan's expectations of the nation is to have everyone be active and participate and I believe that if everyone followed her expectations and began to comment their input the democracy would have a lot of hard decisions to make. American's inputs can often be difficult to comply with, and as Jordan explains that others will suffer I find that hard to believe. Not everyone is able to become apart of our nations democracy, so the government asking for everyone to participate seems a little unreasonable. I also don't exactly see how this can affect others when not everyone is involved, this is why we have people working for the government.

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  3. Jordan's expectations for Americans relate to our democracy because she wants everyone to have a voice and to speak their opinions. Just like the government today wants to hear what everyone has to say in order to make a good decision .Barbara wanted her government and her people to listen to the citizens since at the end of the day the new rules and laws were going to end up affecting them. In the paragraph Barbara mentions how she wants each person to do their part, When she mentions this I believe she is trying to tell the leaders and government that their citizens do not need to be babysat and that they could decide and vote for what they believe to be best for their country.

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  4. Jordan's expectations are that all Americans participate in government. This harkens back to the philosophers, Rousseau, who during the French revolution era, advocated for a direct democracy style government. He thought, as Jordan does, that government was by the people, for the people, of the people. Our founding Fathers agreed, and used the same language in our constitution.

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  5. In our government we believe that our opinions and suggestions should be heard. In our early forms of government our people decided to vote against King George's taxes because we did not have a say or any representation. Ms.Jordan's belief or expectation is similar to the situation during those times. She expects the people to act upon the bad things and gather as a group and represent each other and defend themselves from the government. She expects us as a nation right now to vote for our rights, pick a right leader, and prevent future misfortunes or any unwanted occurrence by speaking out and getting there opinions heard.

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  6. Jordan's expactations harkens back to philosopher Rousseau, who lived during the French Revolution era and advocated for direct democracy. He believed all men were equal and had power to give an opinion.Jordan wants all Americans to participate in government which is similar to Rousseau's idea "by the people, for the people,of the people" because she believes everyone is entitled to an opinion. Founding fathers agreed to this idea and used the same language in our constitution.

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  7. jordan's expectations for america is for everyone to be apart of something. She wants everyone to take responsabilities towards good. She beleives that no only do the goverenment but america as well take part in shaping the nation for the future. she also beleived that if one falls the america fall.

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  8. By reading the article, I see that one of the things Jordan wants is for all Americans to participate in government. This is also something that reminds us of one of the Philosophers during the French Revolution era, whose name was Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He basically wanted to have a direct democracy just like Jordan does. Whose main focus was to have a government that was by the people, for the people, of the people. That is also why we use the same language in our constitution.

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  9. Jordan's expectation for America is for everyone to be treated equal,and she also wanted everyone everyone to put their own seed or participate to have a better nation.This makes me remember of the well known philosopher Jean-Jaques Rousseau who thought just like Jordan,he believed that a democracy should be made by the people for the people.Going back to what Jordan said of every citizen should be willing to participate to have a better democracy and if anyone isn't willing to participate everyone will suffer,I think that Rousseau will agree with her because he always thought just like Jordan that everyone should decide for themselves.Also Rousseau thought that no matter what social class people were in they should be able to be treated equal,and Jordan believed the same thing.

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  10. In this article, Jordan's expectations of the people who she was addressing in her speech goes back to when our nation was newly formed. She spoke strongly about the ideas first understood by Rousseau, a French philosopher. Rousseau's ideas mention that for a democracy to succeed every person in that state must contribute for the greater good. This idea goes back to the foundation of a democratic government where all men are equal and they all must take part in the government because they realize that even if one person is silent then the government will be that less effective since the government depends on the people for their beliefs on important matters. In conclusion everyone has to contribute in a democratic government for the best benefits because it was made by the people, for the people, of the people.

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  11. Jordan's expectations are that all Americans participate in government. This brings me back to to When i learned about the philosophers ,mainly Rousseau,who during the French revolution era,advocated for a direct democracy style government,he thought as well as Jordan does,that government was by the people for the people, of the people. Our founding fathers agreed and used the same language in our constitution.Each philosopher had a major part in the making of how our world is today.

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  12. In this article, Barbara Jordan's expections is for all Americans to participate in goverment. Jordan mentioned that she wanted a nation to be formed, so that each of us have the same equal rights. Rosusseau, a french philospher would also agree with Jordan because he also wanted free equal rights for everyone." people make our nation not the institutions", said Rousseau. This brings back to what jordan said,"A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share the responsibility for upholding the common good". Both Jordan and Rousseau shared the same idea that everyone should decide for themselves.

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  13. Jordan's expectations for Americans is to participate in the Government. Jordan mainly wants equal rights for everyone. The philosopher Rousseau also wanted equal rights for everyone and they both believed the government is for the people by the people, of the people.Our founding fathers agreed and used that language to write our constitution, each philosopher had an impact on how our world is today.

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