Civics 101


Civics (n) the study of the duties and responsibilities of citizens


Know what your beliefs are about society


Be informed about events in your community


Research the candidates for office




Assess those whom the elected officials gather around them




Government (n) a political organization which exerts control over a community, society, and states

Be self-sufficient and live sustainably


Help your neighbors and community


Do not expect the government to make decision for you.  Throw off apathy and complacency.


Fascism (n) a totalitarian government emphasizing nationalism, militarism, and racism



About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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21 Responses to Civics 101

  1. 100,000 strong in Portland Oregon. So many voices. Can you hear us…all of us? Yes. We. Can.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Wow! We were impressed with the size of the march (we hermits are not comfortable in large crowds). If you are familiar with the layout of Washington, the rally began at 3rd and Independence, along the Mall. We met the crowd, at 7th and Independence, at 9:30 a.m. By 2 p.m., when we were working our way out, the march, the crowd stretched all the way to 14th street (11+ blocks on a 4 lane road). And, as we continued west on the Mall past the Tidal Basin (Jefferson, Martin Luther King, and Roosevelt Memorials), Indpendence Avenue heading into the Mall was filled with marchers coming from somewhere on the other side of the Tidal Basin. Estimates of the attendance were 500,000+. Metro (subway) counted 597,000 rides on Saturday (in contrast to 368,000 for the Inaguration on Friday). Hope the president and congress can do some math.

  2. Civil society in the US and other countries made us feel proud again today…democracy is about so much more than a single election!

  3. cindy knoke says:

    Good for you! Today we learned that kitty-kats, together, can ROAR!

  4. Sue Larson says:

    OPPS! I got my dates wrong…YOU were NOT in Washington of the 20th…you marched on the 21st!! Good for you!!!!

    Loved the comments that you photographed and your “take”. DEMOCRACY- FREEDOM of SPEECH…so lightly taken in America!

    Did you see the AD at the bottom of your photos/comments? I, at first, thought it was something a marcher was carrying…”Strogling with English?” I thought someone else thought DT was dyslexic!!!! Alas, an ad to sign up for learning English.


    • hermitsdoor says:

      Regarding the adds, those are placed by WordPress. They vary from reader to reader. If an advertising agency recognizes your computer, a targetted add will show up for you (Dad has mentioned seeing adds from Kaiser). Or, an add may pop up related to key words in the blog. I do not know why an add for learning English would show up. I’ll go with your dyslexia theory. 🙂

  5. KerryCan says:

    Wonderful!! What a day and your photos are great. I was so heartened by what I saw yesterday, all over the country and the world!

  6. The Vicar says:

    That’s a great reason to come down off the mountain Hermit! Thanks for your thoughtful reporting of what you saw and the encouragement to think deeply about what is going on in our country.

  7. The Vicar says:

    “It’s depressing and painful to believe that the would-be ‘public servants’ you’re forced to choose between are all phonies whose only real concern is their own care and feeding and who will lie so outrageously with such a straight face that you just know they have to believe you’re an idiot.”
    David Foster Wallace, 2007

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Is this in reference to the upcoming election in 2007 🙂

      • The Vicar says:

        Yes, or maybe it was a commentary on the past few elections. If Wallace thought the candidates in 2007 were that bad, he’d be amazed at 2016. Perhaps that’s why he didn’t hang around to find out what the future held.

      • hermitsdoor says:

        Unfortunately, he did hang himself in his garage. Too much serious thought has its drawback. Thus, I shall approach the issues with more levity.

  8. Laurie Graves says:

    We were 10,000 strong in Augusta, Maine, population 19,000. I especially like the sign “Make America Think Again.” Boy oh boy, is that ever appropriate.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      The “people watching” and sign reading was great fun, especially when we could not hear some of the speakers.

      Marches are great ways of getting fired up. The work of protest is in the organizing and doing. I hope your 10,000 can roll up the sleeves… wait you’re in Maine, silly of me to question. I’m a big advocate of address your local community’s needs. Do that and we would not need big solutions.

      Check by on Saturday for the beginning of my new series “Dept. of Alternative Facts”. That is one of my forms of protest.

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