As we approach the 2020 election, a podcast for ordinary citizens to help sort through our fractious politics, and their distorting effect on how we make our choices.. A non-partisan look at American first principles - not an academic exercise, but a reminder on what our founders intended and expected of us as citizens. Founding documents will refresh our civics IQ, so we can look critically at our current issues. Think of Stand Up Citizen as civics for grownups.
Republic At Risk
Broken norms and bad faith are interfering with the proper functioning of our government. How can we tolerate this in a time of pandemic and economic calamity?
Warnings from History
Using several sources, we explore the kinds of actions and trends that should alarm us about the advance of tyranny. Both recent books such as How Democracies Die and On Tyranny, and works a few decades old are used to inform us on how to be vigilant.
Agenda for the Political Season
The issues for discussion in the next several episodes of Stand Up Citizen are presented to help us work through this political season.
In our current political and cultural climate we need citizenship education more than ever. We look at what our founders had to say about the need for informed, educated citizens in the republic they created for us
On the Electoral College
We review the founders design for the electoral college method of electing the president. Selections from Hamilton's presentation of the electoral college give us insight into how the process fit in the entire Constitutional scheme. I hope this will...
Corrosive Bad Faith
We explore the effect of bad faith actions by our political officials and candidates on the health of our body politic, and ask the question whether the candidate who wins their election, but resorts to bad faith, deceit, misstatements, has properly...