Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Losing Your Democracy

The only thing in common with losing your virginity is once they are lost there is no getting them back.
"How you lose your democracy": Shocking new research shows Americans lack basic civic knowledge
Do you know what the three branches of government are? Do you understand their roles? Many Americans do not
By Chauncey DeVega
September 26, 2023

Republicans are systematically eroding the basic civil rights of the American people. As we are seeing in other countries that are experiencing what experts describe as "democratic backsliding," Republicans are doing this by undermining and corrupting America's democratic institutions from within. If Republicans get their way, free speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, equal protection under the law, the right to privacy, the right to vote, and other basic freedoms and rights will be severely restricted.

In an example of Orwellian Newspeak, Republicans present themselves as defenders of freedom, when they actually oppose it. More specifically, Republicans believe that freedom is the ability and power of a select group of White Americans (rich, white, "Christian" men) to take away and otherwise deny the rights and liberties of other Americans and people in this country they deem to be less than, second-class, not "real Americans" and the Other, such as Black and brown people, the LGBTQI community, women, non-Christians, and other targeted groups.
Look at Trump he said the he was going to try everyone for treason! Yesterday’s post was about Texas Attorney General overriding a judge.
Such an outcome is not a coincidence: it is the intentional outcome of how the American right-wing and conservative movements have undermined high-quality public education for decades with the goal of creating a compliant public that lacks the critical thinking skills and knowledge to be engaged citizens. Now new research by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center provides insight into the extent of this crisis. Some of the Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey's findings include:

[W]hen U.S. adults are asked to name the specific rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution, only one right is recalled by most of the respondents: Freedom of speech, which 77% named.  
Although two-thirds of Americans (66%) can name all three branches of government, 10% can name two, 7% can name only one, and 17% cannot name any.
All the conservatives want to be taught in schools is: reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic, the Republicans don’t want thinking voters. The dumber they are the better to believe their lies.
In this conversation, he explains how America's democracy crisis is connected to a lack of basic political knowledge and civic literacy, the role that education can play in equipping Americans to defend their democracy, and why contrary to what many "conservatives" like to believe, America is not a "republic".
You have to be proactive, we have to go out there and take an active party in the elections.

    • Do you know how a bill because a law?
    • Have you every talked to your legislator?
    • Have you ever been to the state capitol or Legislative Office Building (LOB)?
    • Have you ever testified on a bill?
    • Have you ever been to the capitol and watched a bill being debated and/or voted on?

Voting is not passive in this day of age you have to speak up and speak out.


  1. Perhaps one should go on-line and pull up some of the questions given on the tests for citizenship. How many citizens by birth-right will fail?

  2. Richard Nelson9/28/23, 10:23 AM

    I just finished reading "They Thought They Were Free, written by Milton Mayer from interviews with 10 Germans after WW2 on how they responded to the rise of the Nazis, the mass complicity and the evil that followed. A good book to read as noted historian Richard J. Evans writes, "A timely reminder of how otherwise unremarkable and in many ways reasonable people can be seduced by demagogues and populists." Know the stories of the past, find the compass and weapons within and from there as many of us know we are going to have to fight like "all out" just to continue. But let us remember that voting is only one way to go just like writing laws. In today out tomorrow. On the books one day and taken off the next. We must never bog ourselves down in mere reform or band aid politicks. Until we figure out a way to change the system and the thinking then we will be fighting the same old battles over and over again and again.

    Just to let everyone know and I do hope that you check it out my blog Furbirdsqueerly will be re-opening in October for LGBTQI+ communities Our Story Month and will have some very exciting postings and questions to the mainstream LGBT movement, to allies, to the powers that be and some answers that we say should be discussed.