Citizen Democracy: Political Activists in a Cynical Age / Edition 3

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Apathy and antipathy toward politics are epidemic. Citizen Democracy provides the antidote. In this revised and updated edition, Stephen E. Frantzich portrays citizens from every walk of life-rich and poor, old and young, black and white, male and female, left and right, famous and obscure-as they choose to become involved in politics at a level to which readers can relate.

Some of the stories contain unexpected twists. Candy Lightner, the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), now works as a liquor industry lobbyist and argues that MADD has gone too far. College freshman Gregory Watson reacted to receiving a "C" on a political science paper by quitting school and becoming the driving force behind passage of a constitutional amendment that had been the subject of his paper. Two young women independently wrote letters of application to the U.S. Naval Academy and in the process moved military education in the direction of gender neutrality.

Citizen Democracy shows ordinary people engaged in extraordinary civic activity. Their causes run the gamut from civil rights to flag burning, from the Internet to the environment-but their common cause is the fact that they creatively entered the arena of national public policy making and made a difference.

About the Author:
Stephen E. Frantzich is professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy

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Editorial Reviews

Marcie Taylor-Thoma
Citizen Democracy provides a fascinating account of how ordinary citizens can become heroic, critical analysts of public policy through awareness, engagement, and participation. Frantzich challenges us to examine injustices in our own communities and inspires civic educators to do the same with their own students. Teachers will find this a useful manual for planning advocacy by sharing the real stories from the 'kidizens'—youth activists involved with democracy in their communities.
Charles N. Quigley
Citizen Democracy provides a series of compelling stories which will motivate students to think about their potential as active citizens in a vibrant democracy. With the growing threat of cynicism, it is important to reinvigorate each new generation so they can play their role in maintaining the American experiment in self government.
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Meet the Author

Stephen E. Frantzich is professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Countering the Culture of Cynicism: Keeping the Fans in the Stands 1

The Constitution and Democratic Theory

1 Rewriting the Constitution: One Man's Journey to Lend Madison a Hand Gregory Watson Watson, Gregory 13


2 Do Ask, Do Tell Howard Clery Clery, Howard Connie Clery Clery, Connie Maureen Kanka Kanka, Maureen Richard Kanka Kanka, Richard Donna Norris Norris, Donna 22

Civil Rights

3 Taking the Bus and Driving Public Policy for Us Rosa Parks Parks, Rosa 37

4 Being a Good Sport, or, Won't You Be on My Team? Bernice Sandler Sandler, Bernice 46

Civil Liberties

5 Let's Just Run That One Up the Flagpole Gregory Lee Johnson Johnson, Gregory Lee 56

6 All Dressed Down and Nowhere to Go: A Pilot's Checklist Martha MeSally MeSally, Martha 64


7 From Old Bulls to Blogs: The Old Media Confronts the New Media The CBS Bloggers 69

Interest Groups

8 From Grief to Anger to Action: Making One MADD Candy Lightner Lightner, Candy 77

9 Wouldn't You Just Love to Live Here? Lois Gibbs Gibbs, Lois 83

Campaigns and Elections

10 Registering as a Protest, or, I'll Vote for That Richard A. Cloward Cloward, Richard A. Frances Fox Piven Piven, Frances Fox 96

11 Changing the Ecology of Politics: Introducing a New Breed Brian Trelstad Trelstad, Brian 107

Direct Democracy

12 A Taxing and Revolting Job Howard Jarvis Jarvis, Howard 117


13 Power Letter Writing: Women in the Military Academies Barbara Brimmer Brimmer, Barbara Valerie Schoen Schoen, Valerie 128

14 The Mystery of the Smoking Gun Merrell Williams Williams, Merrell 137

The Presidency

15 Just What the Doctor Ordered Kristin Zarfos Zarfos, Kristin148

16 When Worlds Come Crashing Down The Jersey Girls 158

The Judicial Process and the Courts

17 Unaffirmative Action Carl Cohen Cohen, Carl 165

The Bureaucracy

18 Do unto Others, Don't Be a Tattletale Joe Darby Darby, Joe 178

19 If You Can't Lick 'Em, Enjoin 'Em Jean Anne Hlavacek Hlavacek, Jean Anne Diane Sackett Nannery Nannery, Diane Sackett 183

Short Shots With Careful Aim

20 Oh My... Michael Newdow Newdow, Michael 192

The Wrong Snuff Ken Weaver Weaver, Ken 195

Attack the Big Mac Attack John Banzhaf Banzhaf, John 198

Special Delivery from Santa Claus Roger Durbin Durbin, Roger 202

Kids in Action

21 Kidizen Democracy 205

From Peer Pressure to Political Pressure Morgan Lesko Lesko, Morgan Max Lesko Lesko, Max 207

A Monumental Dream The "Scottsdale Six" 212

Home Sweet Home Nick Dupree Dupree, Nick 217

You Can't Say That Again! Joseph Frederick Frederick, Joseph 220

Unfit to a T Alan Newsom Newsom, Alan 223

Resources for Kidizens 226

Conclusion: Lessons for Nascent Citizen 227

Notes 235

Photo Credts 265

Index 267

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