It seems odd to me that so many of our children do not have any clue about what is in the Constitution. I am sure that the NEA and the other substantive teacher’s unions are shocked at this catastrophe in our schools. How could this happen? How could civics and American government courses be left out of our curriculum? There must be some reason for it. Could it be that someone doesn’t want our children to know how our government works, or what the constitutions says and means in their everyday lives? I wonder! We share in one of the greatest experiments on planet Earth, one in which freedom is to be cherished and knowledge is to be the stalwart of this Nation. It was the intention of our founding fathers to have a population of citizens who could rule themselves through the process of history and truth, and truth in history, niether of which is taught in our schools today. The history being taught in our schools has been so abused that there is scarsely a thread of original truth left in it. James Madison was one our founding fathers who gave this quote concerning the Constitution. It refers to the history of our Nation and the fact that our recent Supreme Court decisions have separated the text of a document with the consequence of changing our perspective on our freedom of Religion. He was prophetic in what he said; “do not separate text from historical background, if you do you have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.” When the Supreme Court began exchanging freedom of religion for freedom from religion in the 1960s, we, as a Nation, and a school system began our downhill slide. Now we have a situation that is intolerable in our schools. Our children are not taught about morality, respect of others, or absolute truth. They are instead taught that they can decide for themselves what is right or wrong, and that is the epitimy of stupidity. No child has the ability to make a decision like that. They need rules, guidance, and discipline. Samuel Adams warned his fellow citizens and us in this statement; “The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation-enlightened as we are- if we should suffer them to be wrestled from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men”. Then Patrick Henry said this; “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government-lest it come to dominate our lives and interets”. We have come a long way as a Nation, but is it the right way? The Progressive movement, the Socialist movement, the teacher’s unions, and the Constitution-bashers, have been busy for the last 50 years trying to fundamentally change the structure of our government from a Constitutional Federal Republic to a State in which the few rule over the many, but the few get all the perks. Sounds a lot like 1984, by George Orwell, and Animal Farm, by George Orwell, doesn’t it. Watch out for the pigs, they bite.
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