What the heck? Can anybody tell me what this means? Compound?? What?!!
The Utah Legislature thinks it can dictate Civic Education? Big Brother, anyone? This would be so silly if it weren't actually so dangerous.
Think about it for a minute. The Utah State Legislature dictating by law how teachers are to teach Civics with clear political dogma involved. Does the Legislature need a Civics lesson? Maybe one on the First Amendment? How about one at the ballot box or the Republican caucus system dominated by the excitable extremes of the conservative party? This is exactly where moderates - and there really are a lot of them out there even in Utah Republican-land, need to get enthused, excited and organized. Maybe Bob Bennett can lead a revolt in the next round of caucuses!
Anyway, for the record, the best description I ever heard of our form of government is the wonderful compromise language of a democratic republic. A small "r" republic because we have have representatives of the people running the government and small "d" democratic because the process to choose them is for the most part democratic (but only as it developed in the 20th Century, particularly with the Seventeenth, Nineteenth, Twenty-sixth Amendments, and especially the Voting Rights Act of 1965). I read a book on this from a course at BYU 30 years or so ago The Founding of the Democratic Republic by Diamond. According to Amazon it's still barely in print but I have a copy if you want to borrow it. It will do you a bit better than all the Glenn Beck the Utah Legislators are apparently reading. Please get a clue, people!
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