The Testimony of Carter Page

Phoenix Theater, Mpls | November 29

The Art of Citizenship

American Civic Forum works to fortify and restore social solidarity among Americans.
This is an era of endless campaigns and, because polarization is an unusually effective way to win elections, trust between citizens and trust in public institutions has eroded to the brink of collapse. Americans have elevated personal preference over collaboration, electoral success over the health of democratic institutions, and elections over all other opportunities for citizen involvement. This is a terrible way to for a self-governing people to govern.

If democracy is to work, we must appreciate and nurture social solidarity, and encourage a culture of citizenship rooted in goodwill and good faith. We are citizens, members of the political community which drives democracy. American Civic Forum works to elevate citizenship to its rightful place not only in American politics but in American culture, a culture that cherishes our nation’s philosophy of governance, and where all citizens—even those not directly involved in the political sphere—see themselves as the living heart of the republic.