Letter to the Editor: Rhetoricians Exploit Lack of Civics
Civics was a required course in school in the 1960s. Civics was based on understanding government, politics, and your role as a citizen in a democracy.
We actually participated in a civic project by electing a class president. We campaigned, debated, made posters and organized an election. Civic education helps teach critical thinking and self-reliance by encompassing civil debate, knowledge through inquiry, and respect for opposing opinions.
Many political leaders have capitalized on the lack of civic education. These chosen ones have learned that emotions, not facts, affect an individual’s personal beliefs. The best example of this emotional quagmire is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s oxymoronic statement “Democrats are actually communists.” His goal is to raise emotional fever with the adjective “communist” without any facts to back up his label.
This nonsense is known as rhetoric. The rhetoric is seen as lacking in sincerity and factual content. Rhetoric is the platform for fairy tales and stories just like that in some news media and among some elected officials and private citizens.
I strongly believe that civic education will help Americans understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens. Civic education teaches to depend on the individual to think for himself. Civic education is a tool to prevent our democracy from becoming a dictatorship.