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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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Defining What is Cruel and Unusual

Defining What is Cruel and Unusual

At just 16 words, the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the shortest. It states: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” Adopted as one of the 10 amendments included in the U.S....

Invoking the Ninth Amendment

Invoking the Ninth Amendment

The meaning and importance of the Ninth Amendment has literally been debated since its inception when it was included in the Bill of Rights. The amendment states: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage...

Sharing the Power of a Nation

Sharing the Power of a Nation

The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the last amendment that makes up what is known as the Bill of Rights. The amendment states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the...

Impeachment: It’s Complicated

Impeachment: It’s Complicated

The bar to remove the President of the United States from office via impeachment is high. The framers of the U.S. Constitution made it that way intentionally, which is why the impeachment of a president is rare. In our nation’s history only three presidents have been...

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...