Civic Education

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May'18

These People are Winning

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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11

Apr'18

Is it Time to Restore Big Tent Politics?

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

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24

Mar'18

The 2nd Amendment & Changing Times

Things have changed between the time of the founding fathers and now. On the one hand, the USA now has an extremely well-armed military force, while most state and local governments have well-armed police forces, and all of those forces are under the control of elected civilian leaders. On the other hand, the USA has a far higher rate of gun deaths and mass shootings than most citizens are willing to accept. Whether and how things should be re-balanced are open questions suitable for respectful debate.

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20

Mar'18

Regular Elections, Regular Census

The US Constitution requires a census every 10 years. The census is mandatory because it affects the numbers of seats …

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14

Mar'18

Loving the Game, Defending the Rules

We should all understand that very few of us would have a vote or a political voice if we collectively fail to defend constitutional and legal limits on political behavior.

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24

Feb'18

DEFENDING DEMOCRACY IS HARD WORK

Defending democracy is inherently difficult.  Reminding ourselves why the job is so problematic helps point the way towards a more effective defense. 

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26

Jan'18

Spite

Would you shoot your chief of police because he arrested your best friend?  Or would you malign his reputation in a very public way?  If you did, could you count on him to help you later?  Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. 

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15

Jan'18

Martin Luther King Day 2018

In a democracy, people need to trust that they will be treated fairly. They need to know they can vote like anyone else, that they will be treated just as well as anyone else, regardless of how they vote, and that elected officials will feel as accountable to them as anyone else.

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08

Jan'18

Divided We Fall

What if those in power now could be given assurances that they could continue to compete politically all across the nation - if they end their dangerous tactics of retaliation and entrenchment – combined with assurances that today’s opposition will also swear off such tactics? Doing so would allow everyone to return to the business of getting better results for our country, for our children, and for our grandchildren. All that is required is that elected officials look out for the public interest instead of governing in pursuit of their self interest - and for each of us to insist they do so.

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23

Dec'17

Happy Holidays

The religious tolerance and freedom that our founding fathers gave birth to is something to celebrate – and something each of us can uphold personally.

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