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1. As soon as an individual attempts to take part in the civil life of the community by bringing influence to bear upon the government, either directly or thru taking part in the choice of public officials, he is taking part in politics and is to some degree a politician. The welfare of the community is bound up so closely in the nature of the government which controls our schools, our prisons, our highways, our churches, our social institutions of all kinds, that every good citizen ought to inform himself carefully regarding the nature of problems which must be dealt with by government and regarding the way in which governmental affairs are carried on.

Can a person be a good citizen without taking an active part in politics? If so, under what circumstances? Did Jesus take part in the political movements of his day? Why did he follow that plan?

Can a person be a good citizen without being a good man? Why?

2. In most communities persons are chosen to office thru the active work of political parties; and beyond question in our country persons can do their political work, under most circumstances, more efficiently thru the medium of a party than by acting independently.

How many political parties are there in the community, and what are they?


What part does the political party play in electing men to office?

Does an officer chosen largely thru the influence of a political party owe any special allegiance to that party or is his allegiance to the public as a whole? Is the party supposed to exist for the sake of the public or for the sake of its own members?

3. A political party exists for the purpose of carrying out certain principles of governmental work. Usually on every question over which political parties divide there is a great deal to be said on both sides. If a person keeps the welfare of the state in mind, he is often greatly puzzled to know with which party he should work in order to obtain the best results. Sometimes even the party itself changes its attitude on a public question under the influence of a change of leadership. In consequence it is desirable, if a person is to do his full duty as a citizen and maintain his self-respect as a man, that he think over carefully the issues of the day that separate political parties.

4. But owing to the tendency of men to follow custom and to do little original thinking, a person who once joins a political party usually remains with it, even tho the party managers have changed the principles which they will follow. Every thoroly self-respecting person should endeavor to think out the issues of each election as carefully as possible and to act accordingly.


5. Is it a desirable thing for a young man before he becomes a voter to identify himself with any political party by marching in party processions, assisting in bringing voters to the polls, or otherwise? Why?

Is there any danger that a person, by holding his judgment on party questions in abeyance until he becomes a voter, will fall into the habit of indecision so that his character will be weakened?

6. What are the advantages and disadvantages of discussing political questions in high school debating clubs or classes?

How far should a person receive favors from party managers; for example, his expenses in going home to vote; pay for working at the polls, etc? Why?

7. Let the young men report on the different political organizations in the neighborhood, their leaders, modes of work, etc.

Let them report on the issues of any election and see whether in their judgment the voters are swayed by their cool study of these issues or by prejudice.

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