Offshoot of Lincoln Project to Target Children with New Franklin Project in the Name of 'Civics'

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Posted: May 16, 2021 9:30 PM
Offshoot of Lincoln Project to Target Children with New Franklin Project in the Name of 'Civics'

Source: AP Photo/Brad C Bower, File

It seemed from the very start that the Lincoln Project was shady and scummy with something to hide. Then the allegations came forward that the founder was known to be a sexual predator and that the group's members were using the money to pay themselves and companies its founders ran. Well, it turns out that an offshoot known as the Franklin Project is coming on Tuesday and it's aimed at children.

The Lincoln Project even found a way to take time away from demonizing Republicans over Twitter to preview the offshoot.

The Lincoln Project is going to define "civility" for us? They're good at getting under people's skin, calling out their enemies, and making ads good enough to earn them almost 3 million followers, but how does that make them the kind of people worthy of lecturing anyone on what civility means, least of all children?

Does this tweet sound like it comes from people who want to be civil? Further, how can they afford any time to focus on teaching about civility when Trump takes up rent-free space in their head?

Glen Johnson also reported on the project for Axios the project for Axios, writing that "Lincoln Project offshoot aims to boost civics education." Here's how he explained the program:

Franklin organizers believe civics discussions have devolved from an exchange of ideas to "an unhealthy game of winners and losers," as their prospectus states. That's triggered extreme partisanship, fueling the rise of authoritarian figures.

  • The Franklin Project plans to develop and provide a K-12 civics education program it will offer free to local school districts.
  • It also will establish the "Democracy Corps," a hyper-local movement spread across the nation "that will advocate for and amplify the values upon which America was founded," the prospectus says.
  • The project does not plan to align with or endorse candidates, offering a true big tent to anyone feeling misrepresented by either major party, or left out of the current political system, said Jenkins, who is leading the group with co-executive director Erin Dobson, a veteran communications strategist.

Johnson reminded viewers that "The Lincoln Project is a super PAC, or a political group that can raise and spend unlimited sums on explicitly political activity. The Franklin Project will be a 501(c)(4) nonprofit. Such so-called dark money advocacy organizations do not have to disclose their donors."

The concept may not be all that bad, but the Lincoln Project forfeited the right to teach civics to children, even if through another project with another name, eons ago. We sorely need civics education in this country, but it ought to be protect us from the likes of the Lincoln Project, and certainly should not come from them.