The Constitution and Civil Discourse

The Constitution and Civil discourse- Justin Dyer

As I write this on December 10, 2019, we Americans are in the midst of a real-time, real-world, real-consequences lesson on the privileges and challenges of living in a constitutional democracy. Perhaps you didn’t pay attention to civics when you were in school; or perhaps you were never taught civics in school (that’s a whole other episode). Whatever the circumstance, as our President faces impeachment (articles were unveiled today) and our divisions continue to widen, now is the time to pay attention and learn about the document that serves as a blueprint for how our government is supposed to function, and why it matters. Before it’s too late.

My guest this week has spent his career studying, understanding, writing and teaching the United States Constitution. As Director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Justin Dyer is sharing his wealth of knowledge and his passion for civil discourse with a new generation. During our conversation, he helps put the current political landscape into historical context and shares his hopes and fears for post-impeachment America, based on the document our founders created.

We are so lucky to live in a country that so much of the world flocks to in search of freedom; but what are we willing to do keep it? Please take a moment to put away your politics and promise that you will listen with an open mind. Our very future depends on it.

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