My first experience in the legislature, a senator asked me if I could prove that I had a great-great-great-grandfather. Seriously, if you don't believe a senator doesn't understand how history or sex work, you can read the transcript yourself. It was during a hearing on a bill that's being pushed across the country to mandate "In God We Trust" displays in our public schools. Instead of talking about religious pluralism and separation of church and state, several Education Committee members decided to display their ignorance and hold a trial for evolution.
The bill in question may seem small, but it's part of a nationwide effort to reshape our nation's history while opening the door for things like anti-LGBTQ bigotry. This is already on display as seen by senators filibustering a bill to protect Nebraskansfrom being fired for being themselves.
It also speaks to a larger issue of scientific illiteracy. Members of our legislature misunderstanding science and not trusting the experts aren't just threats to our schools; it threatens our entire state and planet. Climate Change is a serious issue that affects our state's economy, our homes, and our future. We need more senators who not only believe in Climate Change, but understand it, its devastating effects, and thus why we need a sense of urgency in our response.
That alone isn't enough to motivate me to spend a year of my life knocking on strangers' doors to earn a job which pays $12,000 a year. I see some senators, even from different political ideologies, whose courage and dedication inspire me. These are public servants who strive for an educated public who reciprocates with constructive and critical feedback.
"The salvation of the state is watchfulness in the citizen" is inscribed above the capital's north door. It's an important idea - especially in our unicameral where all citizens of Nebraska are regarded as the unofficial "second house." It's an idea that I think we can build. While some senators do their best to foster transparency, others actively criticize those who watch NET streams. We can make it much easier to observe, comment on, and participate in our government. And we should because watchfulness is our salvation.
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