We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What are your criteria to label a person a "solid citizen"?
That topic came up over beers with friends a few nights ago. It was like a college bull session for adults. When I was younger I would have considered it to be an American bourgeois question, unworthy of consideration by sophisticated kids like we were. We were all young idiots and certain about everything as only youth can be.
Assuming that we all have plenty of flaws, what would it take for a person to achieve the label of Solid Citizen? And is it worth thinking about?
Thinking about this, a "solid citizen" is somebody who I would want as my neighbor. Some specific criteria would be: courteous/respectful to others, faithful to family responsibilities, and helpful/generous to those in need.
Someone who shares, endorses, and exhibits the traits found in High-Trust communities, to start with. And who is willing to confront in real-time, people that don't, politely and correctively. Someone who, in times of disaster, drops what they are doing and comes to help. Someone who is engaged and active in their church and in their community. Someone that serves.
A solid citizen is someone with a dual passport. A solid citizen is someone who wants us to fight wars to benefit the country and people he prefers over the one he is living in. A solid citizen contributes nothing to his community and focuses entirely on himself, his family, and his extended family. A solid citizen always votes and supports the politician who advocates for his group over the entire community or country. A solid citizen is eager for us to go to war knowing neither he nor any of his family members will ever have to serve. A solid citizen takes advantage of the trust of a community and turns the laws and social norms against them. Solid citizen rears their children to have social and territorial grievances stretching back as many years as necessary. Solid citizens work to eliminate the language culture values morals and history of the community they find themselves in and spend their waking hours becoming more proficient at victimology. Solid citizens are all about profit power and punishment and grabbing whatever they can today while not worrying about tomorrow.
My father was a WWII vet and my husband served during Vietnam (but did not see combat). They both remained employed, married and raised intact families, were faithful to their wives, voted, and paid their taxes. They were as kind as they could be to their fellow citizens (notwithstanding some episodes of bullishness) but never tried to force their personal beliefs on others. That's my definition of a solid citizen.