The Informed Citizen

Informed Citizen LogoJames Madison, the Father of our Constitution, once said, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

The Informed Citizen, a civics blog of the NJSBF, tackles civics-related topics with the goal of arming all citizens with the knowledge of how the Founding Fathers created the nation and what every citizen’s rights are under the U.S. Constitution.

Posts are added to the blog periodically. All posts contain Discussion Questions, providing a complete lesson plan. To suggest a civics-related topic for the blog, contact Jodi L. Miller at [email protected]

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America Embarks On An “Experiment”

America Embarks On An “Experiment”

It has been called a failed experiment, as well as a “noble experiment” depending on which side of the issue you favor. The “experiment” was Prohibition, a nationwide ban on the production, importation and sale of alcoholic beverages. It was achieved by the...

Taxing Income With 16th Amendment

Taxing Income With 16th Amendment

Nothing may be more complicated (or snooze-worthy) than a discussion of taxes, but that is what the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is all about. The Amendment states: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source...

Taking a State to Court…Not So Fast

Taking a State to Court…Not So Fast

The Bill of Rights hadn’t been in place that long when another amendment to the U.S. Constitution was added. The 11th Amendment, ratified on February 7, 1795, states: “The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or...

Amendments That Define the Presidency

Amendments That Define the Presidency

The President of the United States has a big job, which is outlined in Article II of the U.S. Constitution. It makes sense that a few amendments would be needed over the years to clear up a few things. Here are four amendments that clarify the presidency. Election...

Setting the Terms on Term Limits

Setting the Terms on Term Limits

No one likes the guest that stays too long at the party. But in terms of those that govern or adjudicate, how long is too long? The longest serving member of Congress was Congressman John Dingell, who represented Michigan for more than 59 years from 1955 until he...

Does the U.S. Constitution Need a Re-Write?

Does the U.S. Constitution Need a Re-Write?

As a rule, written constitutions don’t last that long. Legal experts estimate the lifespan of a constitution is less than 20 years. Indeed, the United States’ first foray into a constitution, the Articles of Confederation, only lasted six years before making way for...