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
Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle threatened Delta Air Lines with retaliation if the airline refused to restore its NRA discount. Ultimately, that’s what happened–a jet fuel tax break was removed from an economic stimulus bill. Is this legal under the First Amendment? Well…it’s complicated.read more
While some say that Solyndra is an example of the failure of the Bush-era clean energy loan program, which was designed to spur innovation in the field of green energy, the fact is that the Department of Energy has actually made money on the program. Interest payments from successful companies have offset the losses caused by failures.read more
Abortion is one of the most contentious issues in America today. We’re not trying to convince you to change your mind. What we do want you to do is to base your opinions–whatever they may be–on factual information rather than lies, myths, and misconceptions.read more
Although 97 percent of climate scientists and 86 percent of Americans across party lines agree that climate change is real, climate change deniers like EPA head Scott Pruitt insist that more “precision” is needed in the study of the subject before they’ll take it seriously.read more
Foreign aid money is less than 1 percent of the federal budget, yet President Trump wants to zero it out. However, cutting the foreign aid budget would do little to promote American interests and may even do more to hurt our economy and promote international terrorism than it would to protect Americans or help our economy.read more
As the heat of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election gets closer and closer to the White House, President Trump has gone from complete denial to a grudging “I never said it didn’t happen.” How much more evidence needs to be presented before Trump voters shift their tone?read more
Gun rights advocates say that the Second Amendment exists to allow militias to prevent the country from being taken over by a tyrant. However, the Constitution and the Federalist Papers show that the founding fathers had a very different interpretation of the purpose of the militia.read more
There’s been a lot of rage-fueled ink spilled over welfare benefits in the U.S., Who gets welfare, how much does welfare cost the government, and who is (and isn’t) eligible for welfare? The truth about government aid is complex and nuanced, and we’ve broken it down here.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)