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Civics is in style

Evan McMullin’s inde­pen­dent never-​Trump-​never-​Hillary pres­i­den­tial cam­paign earned him 700,000 votes along with foot­note sta­tus in future accounts of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. One bewil­dered sup­porter tweeted to him after­ward, basi­cally ask­ing “what now?” McMullin responded on Decem­ber 4 with a series of tweets that add up to two things: he’s still not a Trump fan, and he is a great believer in the power of civics.

The president-​elect and McMullin seem to have no use for each other. A few of McMullin’s tweeted rec­om­men­da­tions, though, apply to every voter vis-​a-​vis every elected offi­cial. They’re about civics and about being a cit­i­zen instead of a client. I doubt President-​elect Trump would take issue with these three, for example.

  • Read and learn the Dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence, the Con­sti­tu­tion, and the Bill of Rights. Know that our basic rights are inalienable.”
  • Iden­tify and fol­low many cred­i­ble sources of news. Be very well informed and learn to dis­cern truth from untruth.”
  • Sup­port jour­nal­ists, artists, aca­d­e­mics, clergy and oth­ers who speak truth and who inform.”

McMullin also advised “Hold mem­bers of Con­gress account­able…” I’m par­tial to that one, com­ing as I do from a state that just sent a pro-​abortion all-​Dem del­e­ga­tion to Wash­ing­ton (while elect­ing GOP majori­ties in our State House; go figure).

Even where McMullin’s Decem­ber 4 tweets took Trump to task by name, they were grounded in civics: watch every word, deci­sion and action of this Administration.…Write, speak, and act when we observe vio­la­tions of our rights and democracy.

Call me old-​fashioned, but as far as I’m con­cerned, that’s all essen­tial no mat­ter who’s in the White House or the State House or even the town hall. Maybe the prospect of Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­dency is prompt­ing peo­ple to take a fresh look at the things they ought to be doing anyway.

Ellen Kolb blogs at Leaven for the Loaf about New Hamp­shire pol­i­tics & the life issues.

Evan McMullin’s independent never-Trump-never-Hillary presidential campaign earned him 700,000 votes along with footnote status in future accounts of the 2016 presidential election. One bewildered supporter tweeted to him afterward, basically asking “what now?” McMullin responded on December 4 with a series of tweets that add up to two things: he’s still not a Trump fan, and he is a great believer in the power of civics.

The president-elect and McMullin seem to have no use for each other. A few of McMullin’s tweeted recommendations, though, apply to every voter vis-a-vis every elected official. They’re about civics and about being a citizen instead of a client. I doubt President-elect Trump would take issue with these three, for example.

  • “Read and learn the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Know that our basic rights are inalienable.”
  • “Identify and follow many credible sources of news. Be very well informed and learn to discern truth from untruth.”
  • “Support journalists, artists, academics, clergy and others who speak truth and who inform.”

McMullin also advised “Hold members of Congress accountable…” I’m partial to that one, coming as I do from a state that just sent a pro-abortion all-Dem delegation to Washington (while electing GOP majorities in our State House; go figure).

Even where McMullin’s December 4 tweets took Trump to task by name, they were grounded in civics: watch every word, decision and action of this Administration….Write, speak, and act when we observe violations of our rights and democracy. 

Call me old-fashioned, but as far as I’m concerned, that’s all essential no matter who’s in the White House or the State House or even the town hall. Maybe the prospect of Donald Trump’s presidency is prompting people to take a fresh look at the things they ought to be doing anyway.

Ellen Kolb blogs at Leaven for the Loaf about New Hampshire politics & the life issues.