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, will tackle 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 will be added to the blog every few weeks, presenting another civics-related issue. To suggest a civics-related topic for the blog, contact Jodi L. Miller at [email protected]

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Practicing the Art of Diplomacy

In international relations, military might is all well and good, but sometimes a softer touch is needed—that’s where the art of diplomacy comes in. Benjamin Franklin is considered America’s first diplomat. In 1776, he was sent to France to help negotiate a treaty and...

Regular Order and the Art of Compromise

Negotiation and compromise, once keys to the legislative process, seem to be lacking in today’s Congress. Many view the legislative branch in Washington, DC as hopelessly partisan, accomplishing very little. In a speech from the Senate floor during the health care...

Serving at the Pleasure of the President

As you can imagine, running the country is a tough job, which is why presidents rely on members of their cabinet to advise them on difficult issues. The U.S. Constitution never mentions the term “cabinet,” but Article II, Section 2 lays out the role of the president’s...

It Wasn’t Always a Party

Everyone probably knows there are two political parties in the United States today—Democrats and Republicans. It wasn’t always that way, though. There is no mention of political parties in the U.S. Constitution. In fact, until President George Washington left office...