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Path of Civic Responsibility

Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.

~ Abraham Lincoln (Final statement, Cooper Union speech)

For our wonderful democracy to work, we all need to be informed and active in the democratic process.  If the United States is to be a democratic “beacon” to the world, a good model of healthy democracy to others, then everyone must “walk the talk” by being engaged in our civic life.  The greater the number of people involved in our civic life, the more “exceptional” we will truly be.

This path will have posts concerning civic responsibility. The  major responsibility of a citizen is to be an informed voter.  There are civic values which need fostering:  understanding the branches of our government, education concerning policy issues, collaboration, respect for individuals’ opinions, fairness, honest and informative debate of issues, and avoidance of extremism.   Another civic value, as personified in Abraham Lincoln:  courage.

My articles will reflect my political convictions, but I invite civil and honest debate.

 

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