A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?
This lines up nicely with my prescription to emphasize teaching philosophy and economics to our young. These are precisely the areas of knowledge one would want to navigate a democracy with any monitary system (but especially any form of capitalism).
The media lies. They don’t necessarily intend to lie, but this is a consequence of having an agenda and of lacking scientific or philosophic rigor. For this reason, I do have a modicum of sympathy for those shouting “fake news”. It can be challenging to tease out the truth from the well-intentioned messages journalists pass around.
Take a look at this article discussing an important aspect of understanding statistics which you will some times see presented by the media:
My best guess is that Joe Biden will step down within the first two years of his presidency (should he win), and thus the Democrats will have the first female president and first female-of-color president. Just a guess, but c’mon. He’s 78. What else can be expected?