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Rethinking Civics

Civics is not something to learn in school and then forget. It is a lifelong pursuit of exercising the rights and responsibilities of adult citizenship in America. To do so, we all should understand and appreciate the core, founding principles of the American Republic and should be aware of rejected alternatives, such as the monarchy from which we declared independence.

American self-government, through elected representatives and independent judges, enjoys widespread legitimacy because it is based on the rule of law, equal protection of the laws, separation of powers, federalism, checks and balances among the various powers, and a fundamental background of respect for the natural rights of individuals.

Too many Americans know too little about these fundamental, unifying concepts of American government and how they limit power so as to maintain justice and opportunity in a free society. Civic literacy is the sine qua non of civic attachments and action to improve people's lives.

 

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