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Constitution Day

Sep 16,18

Monday, September 17, is Constitution Day.  It’s a good excuse to think about a few things.  First of all, what’s …

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Can Leaders Change for the Better?

Aug 9,18

Mahathir Mohamad, George Wallace, and the 2018 Malaysian election. Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (center), the once-and-future Malaysian Prime Minister greets protestors …

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Supreme Court and Democracy

Jul 5,18

With the composition of the Supreme Court being so consequential, the Senate has an eternal obligation to confirm justices who will defend the constitution on a non-partisan basis for all people within our borders. We hope citizens will ask their senators to go beyond that and make support for free, fair, and accountable democracy one of their major confirmation criteria.

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Free Speech: Abuse It and Lose It

Jun 27,18

The right to free speech is an integral part of modern democracy. Abuse that right and you abuse democracy. Take that abuse too far and you won’t have free speech any more.

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Cruelty Hurts Democracy Here, Persecuted Minorities Overseas

Jun 21,18

Cruelty towards immigrants practice puts our democracy at risk, along with our ability to advocate for persecuted minorities overseas.

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Setting Fires and Pouring Gasoline

Jun 11,18

Our constitution gives the media a central and protected role in our democracy. Our founding fathers expected the media would help hold leaders accountable and also help educate voters (and legislators) about the pros and cons of various policy options. The media have never been especially polite in doing the job the founder fathers gave them: personal attacks on political leaders started early on. In the last many years, however, many media owners have directed their staff to set fires and then pour gasoline on them.

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Elon Musk: You Can Help Make the Press Better

Jun 3,18

The first amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right to a free press (TV, radio, newspapers, blogs, social media). This is a right worth fighting for. The press that you don’t like today might be a very important friend at other times in your life.

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Unintended Consequences

May 22,18

Policy driven by loyalty, passion, and frustration can lead to unintended consequences.

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These People are Winning

May 6,18

Democracy is not dying everywhere, or even in most places. Here is an example from Slovakia. The action started just a few months ago and the people are winning!

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Is it Time to Restore Big Tent Politics?

Apr 11,18

Another illustration of the definition of insanity:  recently the Washington Post published a story on how many voters and party …

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The Center for Free, Fair, and Accountable Democracy

Who We Are

WHAT WE DO:
Promoting and defending democracy as a conflict resolving institution through the ideals of free, fair, and accountable political competition.

WHY WE DO IT:
Democracies peacefully change government leaders and policies on a regular basis - with more freedom, dignity, and justice – and more opportunities to succeed - than any other form of government. We see the suffering of people who live under repressive regimes and prefer to avoid that for ourselves and our loved ones. We want to see our democracy preserved and strengthened.

HOW WE DO IT:
We want to be a non-partisan and neutral source of inspiration and a practical resource. Our website has links to a wide range of podcasts, videos, and the constitution itself to help you get better acquainted with all the important parts of our democracy and why they matter. There is an additional resource page with links to organizations assisting with civic education, elections in the USA and around the world, information about upcoming legislation, and government accountability. We provide a regular blog, and welcome your ideas for future topics. Some of you might even want to contribute. We hope you will subscribe and share with your family, friends, and neighbors.

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