Writing for the political blog, The Hill, Frederick M. Lawrence makes a compelling case for a broad education as central to American democracy.  He writes that beyond military or economic strength, nations are also defined by their ability to drive innovation and generate new ideas: "the literacy and intellectual sophistication that underpinned the founding of our country remains essential to our future. They enable both America's external impact on the world and the internal functioning of our economy and our democracy."  Simply put, studying the arts and sciences helps to prepare engaged citizens for a lifetime of success.