An Introduction to Civics Class, Republican Style

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana
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Are we chained to our predispositions by choice or by charlatanism in our midst?

An excerpt from the latest essay

Milton Mayer warned not to ignore the lessons of history and to not take Democracy for granted. In his excerpt, “They Thought They Were Free – The Germans, 1933-45, But Then It Was Too Late“, he foreshadowed the evils of autocracy, authoritarianism, totalitarianism and tyranny in the making.’

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Our recent improvement makes it easier to find previous essays by adding the tab – Essay Library – in the navigation menu. The library is filed by the category where the essay appeared. The most current essays will still be found in their respective tab. Don’t forget to look there.

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We’ve also moved our guest author’s biographies to a new page. There is a new link in the sidebar on the right hand side (if on laptop). This will give us more room to add additional authors to our growing list of guests.

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In an effort to minimize the drop-down menu, only the most current essay in each category is now listed. If you are looking for a previous essay, those links have moved into an Essay Library. You can search there by Category, by Title or Keyword.

Soon to be added will be an extensive Bibliography. This will contain research, references, and other pertinent data.

Lessons on values – Latest essays now published

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate if gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Read the essay: Are You a Racist if You Voted For One?

“For far too long – since the birth of our republic, we have separated Racism from Domestic Terrorism by choice and design. Both realities denied – too painful to admit, too revealing to study and too political to legislate.”

Jorge Prosperi

Read the essay: Defeating Racism and Domestic Terrorism: Every Citizen’s Life-Long Advocacy

“Imagine if Donald Trump had made different choices on November 4, 2020.”

Jorge Prosperi

Read the essay: Trumpism Choices: Regrets and Consequences

Are We Blinded or Blindsided?

“The true test of the American ideal is whether we’re able to recognize our failings and then rise together to meet the challenges of our time. Whether we allow ourselves to be shaped by events and history, or whether we act to shape them. Whether chance of birth or circumstance decides life’s big winners and losers, or whether we build a community where, at the very least, everyone has a chance to work hard, get ahead, and reach their dreams.”

Barack Obama

America! The quality of life is always on the ballot, each and every time we vote with conscience, emotional intelligence and moral courage.

A new essay is now available. Click here to read “Raw Honesty

Truth or Dare

“A version of America is dying. We hear its death rattle, loud and violent. But a new America is desperately trying to be born. We are its midwives. We have the responsibility to imagine America anew. Will we do so, or will we turn our backs once again?”

Eddie Glaude Jr. In His Own Words – on MSNBC Kasie DC – June 7, 2020

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is an American academic. He is the chair of the Department of African American Studies and the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.

To read an essay on our current state of affairs, click the link below
White America! Where Have You Been?!

And consider this 6-part series

White Ties That Bind – I of VI
White Privilege – II of VI
White Knapsack – III of VI
White Dominance- IV of VI
White Aversive Racism – V of VI
White Loss – VI of VI

In Consideration of Current Events – New Essays Added

Where is it we are headed…

The following essays can be found under the menu topic Truth Serum

Surviving the Coronavirus at Home: With Humanness…Courage…and Eloquence

Discourse with Mutual Respect and Dignity: Norms When Discussing Controversial Issues

Gaslighting America – A 3-Part Series
Part 1 – Gaslighting America: The Gaslighter in Chief
Part 2 – Gaslighting: “Psych!”
Part 3 – A Light That Shines For All: Self Evident

NEW Essays Published (updated with 2 additions)

I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being to prove that we are a human race. To prove that our love outweighs our need to hate. That our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame. That our sensitivity to those in need is stronger than our greed. That our ability to reason overcomes our fear. And that at the end of each of our lives, we can look back and be proud that we have treated others with the kindness, dignity, and respect that every human being deserves. Thank you and God bless.

Elizabeth Taylor’s acceptance speech (closing) at the 1993 Oscars on receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Follow the links below to read the critical commentary on recently published essays.

“Low Information Voters and National Populism”: Who Are They? What is it? Surprise!

Mother Earth: A Letter to Each child and their Future

Trumpism: Legacy of Omnishambles and Ashes – Part I of II

Republicanism in 2020: Trumpism by Any Other Name – Part II of II

“Right is Right … Right?!” The New Annoying “OK?! . . . OK?!”

Bias, A New 4-part Essay

Now posted on

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”

Robertson Davies

Go to the essays by clicking the links below

Part I – Confirmation Bias: Cluelessness by Choice and Design
Part II – Establishing Credibility and Trust: Pursuing Veritas
Part III – The Truth is the Truth: All Else is an Option
Part IV – Benevolent Skepticism: Pursuing a Quality of Life for All

Change Agent: Dr. Carolyn Mears

University of Denver – The Morgridge College of Education

Author of award-winning research into the aftermath of the Columbine shootings and other tragedies, Mears is internationally known for her work in support of communities, schools, and families devastated by traumatic events. The gateway approach, her innovative design for qualitative research, is widely used by researchers seeking to learn from the experiences of others.

“The Morgridge College of Education encourages original thinking and making a positive difference in the lives of others. First-rate faculty provide an intellectually stimulating environment and prepare students to make their work both meaningful and practical. I deeply appreciate MCE’s support of my efforts to transform research into practice that helps people reclaim their lives after experiencing trauma.”

Carolyn Mears

Dr. Mears is an honored contributor to – [dt]