Matthew Sanders: Imploding trust in America's institutions

Published: Friday, May 17 2013 6:00 a.m. MDT

Second, we must participate in developing and delivering good governance. In the United States, power is granted to the U.S. government through the Constitution and the will of its citizens as they vote for new representatives and laws. Its success depends upon participation. Whenever and wherever we as a people see tendencies to build narrow paths to power with limited accountabity, we must seek redress and reform.

Third, we must individually commit to improve the quality of our citizenship. The founders built the scaffolding of this bold experiment of a nation on the concepts of personal morality, individual rights and civic virtue. It is each of our opportunity to voluntarily contribute to society our noblest character, our productivity and our best judgment.

Fourth, we must teach the rising generation the true nature of citizenship. It is truly painful to watch our nation's capitol rocked with yet another round of indiscretion and shame. Yet we cannot miss the opportunity to instruct our children about the social contract that exists in the United States between citizens and its government. We must help them understand what has built and kept this country at its best.

The United States is not a land of entitlements. It is a land of opportunity. It is not a land of classes, but a land of inalienable rights. It is not a land of a political elite, but of political service. It is not a land of unchecked power and permissiveness. It is not a land of fear, but of faith and hope.

Matthew studied economics at Brigham Young University and business and government at Harvard University. He is a GM at at Deseret Digital Media where he oversees Publisher Solutions. msanders@deseretnews.com or @Sanders_Matt

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