To Know Your Country Is To Love Your Country
It's interesting to think about why the Founders needed the Second Amendment when the power of Congress to organize the Militia was written in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution: "To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union,...read more
Is trickle-down economics the best way to build a thriving economy? Not according to research. Studies show that investing directly in education, health, and infrastructure leads to a more robust national economy.read more
Since the 9/11 attacks, Americans have been in a perpetual state of fear induced by our government and its defense departments, intelligence agencies, and politicians. The USA Patriot Act was enacted in 2001 to combat this fear, but the trade-off is an abdication of our 4th Amendment rights and right to privacy.read more
The history of executive orders is fraught. At their best, they are tools to handle national emergencies, and at their worst they represent a dangerous concentration of power in the hands of the president and the executive branch, undermining our system of checks and balances.read more
The latest string of mass shootings has reignited a debate about one of America’s most contentious topics: gun rights. While it’s a good thing that people are discussing the issue, it’s not so good that people are basing their opinions on false data. Get the facts about guns and gun violence here.read more
Guest author “Rye Bred” tells us that while we’ve been busy demonizing the kids from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for their activism, all in the name of preserving the Second Amendment, Congress has been busy signing away our other freedoms.read more
Campaign finance reform has been on many people’s minds since the 2009 “Citizens United” decision by the Supreme Court, which officially codified political spending as free speech under U.S. law. But what would campaign finance reform look like, and why do people want to change the current system?read more
The divide between Republicans and Democrats is greater than ever. If we want to bridge this divide and bring America back together, we need to pull back from the present combative dialogue to one that is more meaningful and constructive.read more
In January 2018, floods and mudslides wreaked havoc on southern California. Naturally, the disaster got lots of media coverage. But what might surprise you is that nobody talked about the elephant in the room: the influence of climate change on the floods and the wildfires that preceded them.read more
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We address the need for educated voters and endeavor to defeat the many myths and lies
driving the public policy debate in the US.
Compared to people in other nations, the average US voter has terrible civics knowledge and lacks clear information about issues and candidates. Civics Nation is committed to voter education and awareness. Go to KNOWLEDGE
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“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”
— Thomas Jefferson
Why we need Civics Nation….
“You cannot run a functioning democracy unless you have acceptable sources of objective facts…otherwise, we’re just going to become two shrieking bands of people who automatically distrust anything that comes from the other side.”
— Ted Koppel, National Geographic “Explorer,” March 6, 2017 (source)