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Civics – 8 in a Series – January 6, 2021 – Sedition, Insurrection, and Treason

January 13th, 2021 Comments off

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I never imagined when I started this series, that I would be ever writing about the horrors we have experienced as a nation in the last week.

The Constitution clearly states, “We the PEOPLE of the United States of America…”.

This all changed on January 6, 2021. On this day, a certain amount of our citizens decided that rather than continue our nation and government as it has been for 245 years, they would raise arms against their nation and their fellow citizens in an attempt to overthrow it.

A “Rubicon” was crossed that day. 

All of us realized that there are those among us who are not working FOR our society, but rather, AGAINST it. They broke with the basic tenets of society which says that we work together, peacefully — we establish norms and laws, collectively — for the benefit of all citizens. They decided that their rules, their norms, outweighed everyone else in our society and our nation. They raised arms directly against their government and their fellow citizens. I hope that we can all see this as wrong and the antithesis of the society we have tried to create.

Some have tried to establish an equivalency between the summer’s protests against racism and the inequitable application of justice. There is none. Attempting insurrection far outweighs anything we have seen. There can and should be no comparison.

Only one group of people tried to overthrow the government last week. They proudly committed their sedition in public, recording their plans and their actions. They cannot deny it and we cannot deny who they were. WE cannot deflect. We cannot lie about who they were. They showed us exactly who they were through their own voices and actions.

These people assaulted our collective society, attempting its overthrow, while simultaneously wanting to enjoy the benefits of our society, but society and civilization require us all to agree, collectively, on some very basic tenets. To abandon those is to abandon society and civilization.

A civilized society demands that we stand together against those who would seek to destroy it. If we do not we will lose our society, our civilization, and perhaps even our lives.


So, just what is “civics” anyway?

Civics is defined as: the study or science of the privileges and obligations of citizens.

Civic education is the study of the theoretical, political and practical aspects of citizenship, as well as its rights and duties. It includes the study of civil law and civil code, and the study of government with attention to the role of citizens―as opposed to external factors―in the operation and oversight of government. League of Women Voters of Delaware.

In order to have the government we want, we need to both understand and engage in civics activities in our local communities. I am dedicated to doing better in 2021. How about you? 

Feeling Very 19th Century Today via Instagram

April 8th, 2020 Comments off

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Feeling Very 19th Century Today

Feeling Very 19th Century Today

As my hair grows longer and wavier, and my beard turns towards mutton chops, I am feeling quite 19th Century today. Add #covid19 to the mix and the comparison draws even deeper.

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Sun and Shade, Porto, Portugal via Instagram

November 11th, 2019 Comments off

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Strolling, sun and shadow, Porto, Portugal via Instagram

November 11th, 2019 Comments off

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Waiting on a train via Instagram

October 31st, 2019 Comments off

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Laundry Out To Dry 2 via Instagram

October 22nd, 2019 Comments off

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Another Porto Street

Strolling the historic district of Porto, Portugal

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Laundry Out To Dry via Instagram

October 21st, 2019 Comments off

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Along the Streets of Milan via My Instagram

July 1st, 2019 Comments off

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Along the Streets of Milan

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Spotted one of our many strolls about Milano. Yet another of the amazing scenes from our September 2018 visit. 

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Along the Streets of Milan via My Instagram

June 21st, 2019 Comments off

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Spotted one of our many strolls about Milano. Yet another of the amazing scenes from our September 2018 visit. 

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In the garden… Scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan via Instagram

April 21st, 2019 Comments off

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In the garden... Scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan via Instagram

In the garden… Scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan

A couple finds respite in the cool shade of the garden on a hot Summer day. We did the same. After walking through the garden we found a bench and just enjoyed the scenery. The mosquitos got to be a bit fierce, though. Bring bug spray if you visit in summer. 😀

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