With Liberty and Justice for All

The morning of May 22, 2012, I went to see my kindergartener in a patriotic assembly for Memorial Day. The principal instructed us to turn and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Something I have said so many times, but I really heard the words today.

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Voting is not an option

People in other nations are dying in the street for the right to a fair vote. In America eligible non-voters are given a flippant “If you don’t vote you can’t complain.” slap on the wrist. It’s not enough. Voting is not an option, it’s a duty.

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Gerrymandering Kills Democracy

There are many parts of the political process that are kept in the shadows. Civil Citizens may not know about them or only know of them in a vague way. Gerrymandering is one of them. Gerrymandering is when redistricting commissions draw voting districts in bizarre shapes for the purpose of having a “safe” seat for a political party. The district will encompass a population known to favor a particular ideal or party.

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Defining Brinkmanship

What are they doing? A question not only on the lips of many Americans but also around the world as they watch the game of political chicken being played on Capitol Hill today. The name of the game is brinkmanship and it is a good word and technique for Civil Citizens to know.

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