Thomas Jefferson, for one, believed that the only safe repository for democracy was an enlightened (educated) voter, combined with wise and honest officials. He believed that citizens needed “to know his rights; to exercize with order and justice those he retains; to choose with discretion the fiduciary of those he delegates; and to notice their conduct with diligence, with candor, and judgment;”
Citizenship means far more than having a piece of paper proving you are a citizen. The single most important obligation a citizen has to this country is that of exercising the Franchise with fidelity to the Constitution and “The Great Experiment”, for the good of ourselves and our Posterity.
I shudder to think how many people do not know what “The Great Experiment” is, or that they play a role in its continuation or its demise.
What to do? Get to know your Constitution, including your State constitution.
In the course of researching laws and legislation, I discovered that there are considerable differences in how the states present their constitutions online. Most are published by the state, some states outsource the job. They might be web pages, PDFs, or even Word documents. Some are searchable or downloadable, others are neither.
There is also a distinct lack of consistency in structure and formatting and even detail. That makes it very difficult to compare them.
I am in the process of converting the state constitutions into epub format. A format that can be carried in a smartphone or tablet.
My first book is The Constitution of the United States, including the Amendments, and the Declaration of Independence thrown in for good measure. It is formatted for ease of reading and reference, is searchable, and has a handy Table of Contents. Download a copy to take with you, so you always have it handy for reference.
I have set up a folder on Google Drive to put them in, as I finish them.