“the main objective of education is to prepare oneself for these responsibilities which come to every citizen in a democracy.” “We must make ourselves look at things as they are and not as we wish they were. If you do this, you will realize that winning the peace is just as difficult and requires just as much continuous work and as consecrated citizenship as fighting a war. Being a citizen in a democracy does not mean only that you vote on election day and that you accept somebody’s else’s opinion as to the political party with which you affiliate and the people for whom you cast your ballot. It means that you do some real thinking about the problems in your nation and in the world; that you see the relationship between what happens at home and what happens on a world-wide scale.” …….”A good citizen …will not shirk the obligation to work to make his political party, whichever it is, honest and a responsible instrument of government. It does no good to say you do not believe in political bosses. They are the product of the average citizen’s indifference and they will not depart from among us until we as individuals accept our responsibility.”
ER Speech and Article File 1957-62 and undated. Container 1423.
File: Reponsibilities of Citizenship. The Bishop (Brooks School) – no date
Photograph below from Brandeis University. See http://lts.brandeis.edu/research/archives-speccoll/findingguides/archives/soundrecordings/lectures/Roosevelt.html