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Civics 101

According to retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, about half the states no longer require students to take classes in civics and American history in order to graduate. That’s pretty stunning — but at the same time, it does help to explain the lack of outrage in this country over what the Bush administration did, and why there still seems to be no serious effort being made to prosecute those in the Bush administration who made such a travesty of our laws. A big part of this problem could well be that a lot of Americans simply do not understand the difference between a democracy and a dictatorship. I’ve always said that I have no problem with people who backed Bush’s policies of torturing prisoners, suspending habeas corpus, eavesdropping on citizens without proper warrants, etc., etc. If you believe the Bush administration was justified in what it did because it was all necessary in protecting the country, then that’s perfectly OK. However, if that’s what you believe then by definition you are saying you do not believe in democracy. You prefer living under a dictatorship, because you think it makes you “safe”. And that’s exactly what we had for the last eight years — anyone who has had high school civics should understand this. And should therefore be urging Congress and the Obama administration to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law everyone in the Bush administration who broke the law. This is Basic Civics 101.