Are Your Civic Judgments Reality-Informed?
It is time to make reality great again. There is no autopilot setting for citizenship. We need learn anew that civic judgments, including judgments of civic history, are improved by fact, reason, and science. Sound civic judgment cannot be replaced by simple formulas of good and bad or by blindly following the lead of an individual, faction, or party. Decisions guided by faith or ideology, impulse, and intuition can be idiotic.
As I photographed, recently, the famous statue of an armed militiaman on the Lexington Green, the site of the first skirmish of the American Revolution, I smiled to think that maybe the Thought Police were working to have the musket removed from the statue. Certainly I doubt toy muskets are being wielded by the boys in elementary school history pageants, as they were when I was a kid.Read more