What is the greatest need to safeguard Democracy?
Reading news reports today of all the precautions to safeguard the Capitol for the inauguration makes one wonder what is the greatest safeguard needed in a Democracy. Which then begs another question…?
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate an ancient wisdom proverb of King Solomon, with an ancient philosopher, along with a former President who came into office during a national crisis.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will guard you. Wisdom is supreme; so acquire wisdom. And whatever you may acquire, gain understanding.8Prize her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you.…(Proverb 4:6-8)
“Socrates’s point is that voting in an election is a skill, not a random intuition. And like any skill, it needs to be taught systematically to people. Letting the citizenry vote without an education is as irresponsible as putting them in charge of a trireme sailing to Samos in a storm.”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”
What’s My Point?
All three men in history have observed the need for education to teach wisdom.
“It is sometimes said that the Founding Fathers created a “procedural republic” that was indifferent to what Americans did with their freedom. But this is to confuse a forthright defense of liberty with moral relativism that cannot distinguish right from wrong, virtue from vice.
My Point is to question if the present need for the extreme safeguards is related to a failure to teach both moral and civic wisdom?
In My Opinion
I have been advocating the need for school choice or school vouchers because over time, the original intent of government education has been altered to remove any religious values of morality to be taught and because the costs to send children to private religious schools is now unaffordable for the majority of American parents.
In my opinion, the safeguard we are now experiencing leads me to conclude that that the education in the USA has failed to teach both moral and civic wisdom to safeguard our Nation based on the shootings taking place and the recent events of the 2020 election now taking place in our Nation.
Yes indeed, Obviously not.
Read in the Source Link below an article titled: Civic and Moral Virtues, the American Way.
Also, previous posts on the issue of School Vouchers.
Do you believe the USA is presently teaching children moral and civic wisdom adequately to safeguard our democracy?
If not, now that the Supreme Court has ruled it was unconstitutional for States to use public schools’ funds to be used in private religious schools, should we new vote to elect State legislators to support school choice or school vouchers?
Regards and goodwill blogging.
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