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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

George Washington Said

"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?"
-George Washington

Monday, March 29, 2010

A More Perfect Union - Education Packet

A More Perfect Union Packet

In 1990 Brigham Young University released its feature film dramatization of the events of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. A More Perfect Union was shown initially on PBS nationwide and was viewed by almost two-and-a-half million people. It has received several gold and silver awards in national and international film festivals, including a prestigious Emmy Award presented by the Rocky Mountain Region.

The motion picture A More Perfect Union has now been divided into teaching segments for supplementary classroom and individual use. The teachers guide (also included) assists in presenting the important ideas derived from this critical period in American history.

In this packet you will find:

·         Two VHS tapes containing six teaching segments (or lessons) for classroom use, OR One DVD containing A More Perfect Union (motion picture) and six teaching segments (or lessons) for classroom use.
Lesson 1 is a summary of the motion picture and includes essential scenes from the film. Teachers and administrators may choose to use this lesson to recap parts of the production, or in lieu of a regular lesson in a time crunch. This lesson may be helpful to teachers and administrators in considering how to adapt this package to their class.
Lessons 2 – 6 divide the full production into independent parts for separate showing. Each lesson opens with a brief host narration regarding that segment. These segments vary from 18 to 28 minutes in length.

·         One teacher’s guide, which provides background information and perspectives designed to help teachers with classroom discussions and other learning activities related to the production. Five lessons provide support for each of the five film segments.
·         Contains:
o        6 teaching segments (DVD or VHS)
o        1 teachers guide

Note: The DVD contains the entire movie whereas the VHS does not. If you purchase this package in VHS format and would also like the entire movie, you may click here to order it.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Constitution Finger Puppets

Signers of the Constitution Finger Puppets

This fun award-winning book is perfect to help children gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the Founders' of our Country. It contains a brief history of the United States and tells about each of the Signers of the Constitution.
Teach your children about the Signers of the Constitution and the Constitutional Convention by using one of the following activities:
  • Have a classroom Convention with each student acting the part of a signer.
  • Write a skit of the Constitutional Convention and then present the skit to the school.
  • Chose several of the signers. Prepare and give a speech containing their beliefs, and quotes.
  • Make a display of all 39 signers at home, in the classroom, or in the school building.
  • Have a "Signers Pursuit" game, with questions and trivia about the Signers and events surrounding the Constitutional Convention.
  • Use the puppets for "Recognize the Signers" games and role playing.
  • Or create your own activity using the Finger Puppets.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

American Government & US Constitution: Part 1

American Government & US Constitution part 1

Have you ever read a book which literally changed the course of your thinking and your life?
The founder's success formula, as presented in American Government part 1 & 2 would solve nearly every problem we have in American today if followed. This course will give you a feeling of confidence in today's confused world.
Once a student has a working knowledge of the only correct and proven principles for freedom, prosperity, and peace, then other history classes can be taught from a whole different perspective. American History becomes a study of how the United States throughout its 200 plus years has either supported the principles of liberty and prospered, or violated these principles and suffered.
Can any other knowledge be more helpful to the rising generation in America today? America desperately needs better and stronger leaders. We need leaders who know correct answers and will step forward and make a positive difference in this world.
·         Introduction
·         What this course contains
·         Suggested course requirements
·         Sample Lesson
Related Products:
American Government & US Constitution Part 2

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Catechism on the US Constitution

Catechism on the US Constitution

There have been many tributes to the Constitution but the highest tribute of all is the willingness of a person to take the time to study it.

The Constitution is an exciting charter for human freedom that establishes nearly 300 vested rights as they apply to various segments of the American society. Many people do not know the nature of these rights or how too protect them. This is why many of those rights have been eroded or lost.

This book is designed to revive a better understanding of America's great Charter of Liberty by using one of the oldest teaching methods ever invented - asking questions. It was used so extensively by the famous Greek philosopher, Socrates, that it is often referred to as the "Socratic method of teaching" -teaching by asking questions.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Making of America book by Dr. W. Cleon Skousen

The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution (Hardcover)
The Making of America
Author: Dr. W. Cleon Skousen

"There is no other contemporary source that offers such a thorough compilation of statements by the Framers relating to constitutional interpretation. Furthermore, there are few works that actually attempt to find the Founders' purpose for each phrase of the Constitution. This well-organized approach toward finding the Constitutions substance and meaning has great merit and provides a wealth of material on the Founding Fathers' intentions when drafting the American Constitution."
Leonard Anthony Leo
A former member of the
U.S. Senate Subcommittee
On the Constitution.
"The Making of America will serve as a great aid to all of us who serve as members of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. It belongs in every library throughout the land as must reading, particularly for our youth."
Edward P. Morgan
A member of the National
Bicentennial Commission.
"I have just completed the reading of the book, "The Making of America", and have now placed it in an important position in my law library. When applying the framers' intent to the resolution of constitutional issues, "The Making of America" is indispensable. The quotations of the writers of the document go to the heart of the problem and make this solution exceedingly clear. It is a book long overdue."
William C. Goodlow Justice
"The text was recommended to the resource material by the Social Studies Curriculum Advisory Committee. This committee works under the jurisdiction of the State Textbook Commission. The recommendation of the committee was then acted on by the Commission on November 13, 1986. The Commission at the time voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the committee. Therefore, it will be suggested to Utah schools that the book be used as resource material for teachers and student use."
James R.Moss State Superintendent
Of Public Instruction
"I wanted to thank you for ... giving me your book on the Constitution ("The Making of America"). I read a good deal of it during my flight back to Washington and I found your thoughts interesting, insightful, and enlightening. I cannot tell you how much admiration I have for your work educating Americans on our most important document. I have said many times that your earlier works provided incentive for me to enter public service. For that I will always be truly grateful."
Senator Jack Kemp

Monday, March 15, 2010

The 5,000-Year Leap - A Miracle that Changed the World

The 5,000-Year Leap
5,000 Year Leap Study Guide

About The 5000 Year Leap
337 pages
Author: W. Cleon Skousen
Discover the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Founding Fathers which they said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desired peace, prosperity, and freedom.
These beliefs have made possible more progress in 200 years than was made previously in over 5,000 years.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Constitution of the United States -Special Edition Pocket Constitution

The Constitution of the United States -Special Edition Pocket Constitution
"...its only keepers, the people." - GEORGE WASHINGTON

  The Constitution of the United States Pocket Book has been proofed word for word against the original Constitution housed in the Archives in Washington, D.C. It is identical in spelling, capitalization and punctuation. This Pocket Constitution also includes the Bill of Rights, Amendments 11-27, The Declaration of Independence, and a complete index of the Constitution.
    On the front cover of this pocket Constitution there is a four-color picture of George Washington holding a quill in his hand, inviting each of us to pledge our support for and commitment to The Constitution of the United States by maintaining and promoting its standard of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Founder's Freedom Formula by NCCS

The Founder’s Freedom Formula was created by the National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS) and recorded with the assistance of Rowan Radio and The National Society of American Business Owners. The purpose behind these "Freedom" podcasts is to help accomplish what America's Founding Fathers said was essential to maintain and preserve our Constitutional form of government ... EDUCATE THE COMMON PEOPLE in the proper principles of government. Those 28 key principles, by the way, are listed and beautifully discussed in Dr. W. Cleon Skousen's book, The 5,000 Year Leap.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The 28 Great Ideas That Are Changing the World

Principles of Liberty
The 28 Great Ideas That Are Changing the World
Discover the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Founding Fathers which they said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desired peace, prosperity, and freedom.
These beliefs have made possible more progress in 200 years than was made previously in over 5,000 years.
The following is a brief overview of the principles found in The Five Thousand Year Leap, and one chapter is devotes to each of these 28 principles.
Principle 1 - The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law.
Natural law is God's law. There are certain laws which govern the entire universe, and just as Thomas Jefferson said in the Declaration of Independence, there are laws which govern in the affairs of men which are "the laws of nature and of nature's God."
Principle 2 - A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." - Benjamin Franklin
Principle 3 - The most promising method of securing a virtuous people is to elect virtuous leaders.
"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who ... will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man." - Samuel Adams
Principle 4 - Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.... And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion." - George Washington
Principle 5 - All things were created by God, therefore upon him all mankind are equally dependent, and to him they are equally responsible.
The American Founding Fathers considered the existence of the Creator as the most fundamental premise underlying all self-evident truth. They felt a person who boasted he or she was an atheist had just simply failed to apply his or her divine capacity for reason and observation.
Principle 6 - All mankind were created equal.
The Founders knew that in these three ways, all mankind are theoretically treated as:
1.      Equal before God.
2.      Equal before the law.
3.      Equal in their rights.
Principle 7 - The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.
The Founders recognized that the people cannot delegate to their government any power except that which they have the lawful right to exercise themselves.
Principle 8 - Mankind are endowed by God with certain unalienable rights.
"Those rights, then, which God and nature have established, and are therefore called natural rights, such as are life and liberty, need not the aid of human laws to be more effectually invested in every man than they are; neither do they receive any additional strength when declared by the municipal [or state] laws to be inviolable. On the contrary, no human legislation has power to abridge or destroy them, unless the owner [of the right] shall himself commit some act that amounts to forfeiture." - William Blackstone
Principle 9 - To protect human rights, God has revealed a code of divine law.
"The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the Holy Scriptures. These precepts, when revealed, are found by comparison to be really a part of the original law of nature, as they tend in all their consequences to man's felicity." - William Blackstone
Principle 10 - The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.
"The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of the consent of the people. The streams of national power ought to flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legislative authority." - Alexander Hamilton
Principle 11 - The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes ... but when a long train of abuses and usurpations ... evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security." - Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence
Principle 12 - The United States of America shall be a republic.
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
and to the republic for which it stands...."

Principle 13 - A Constitution should protect the people from the frailties of their rulers.
"If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.... [But lacking these] you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself." - James Madison
Principle 14 - Life and liberty are secure only so long as the rights of property are secure.
John Locke reasoned that God gave the earth and everything in it to the whole human family as a gift. Therefore the land, the sea, the acorns in the forest, the deer feeding in the meadow belong to everyone "in common." However, the moment someone takes the trouble to change something from its original state of nature, that person has added his ingenuity or labor to make that change. Herein lies the secret to the origin of "property rights."
Principle 15 - The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations.
Prosperity depends upon a climate of wholesome stimulation with four basic freedoms in operation:
1.      The Freedom to try.
2.      The Freedom to buy.
3.      The Freedom to sell.
4.      The Freedom to fail.
Principle 16 - The government should be separated into three branches.
"I call you to witness that I was the first member of the Congress who ventured to come out in public, as I did in January 1776, in my Thoughts on Government ... in favor of a government with three branches and an independent judiciary. This pamphlet, you know, was very unpopular. No man appeared in public to support it but yourself." - John Adams
Principle 17 - A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power by the different branches of government.
"It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it." - James Madison
Principle 18 - The unalienable rights of the people are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written Constitution.
The structure of the American system is set forth in the Constitution of the United States and the only weaknesses which have appeared are those which were allowed to creep in despite the Constitution.
Principle 19 - Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained by the people.
The Tenth Amendment is the most widely violated provision of the bill of rights. If it had been respected and enforced America would be an amazingly different country than it is today. This amendment provides:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Principle 20 - Efficiency and dispatch require that the government operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority.
"Every man, by consenting with others to make one body politic under one government, puts himself under an obligation to every one of that society to submit to the determination of the majority, and to be concluded [bound] by it." - John Locke
Principle 21 - Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.
"The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent [to perform best]. - Thomas Jefferson
Principle 22 - A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of men.
"The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings, capable of laws, where there is no law there is no freedom. For liberty is to be free from restraint and violence of others, which cannot be where there is no law." - John Locke
Principle 23 - A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.
"They made an early provision by law that every town consisting of so many families should be always furnished with a grammar school. They made it a crime for such a town to be destitute of a grammar schoolmaster for a few months, and subjected it to a heavy penalty. So that the education of all ranks of people was made the care and expense of the public, in a manner that I believe has been unknown to any other people, ancient or modern. The consequences of these establishments we see and feel every day [written in 1765]. A native of America who cannot read and write is as rare ... as a comet or an earthquake." John Adams
Principle 24 - A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.
"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace." - George Washington
Principle 25 - "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none."- Thomas Jefferson, given in his first inaugural address.
Principle 26 - The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore the government should foster and protect its integrity.
"There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America, or where conjugal happiness is more highly or worthily appreciated." Alexis de Tocqueville
Principle 27 - The burden of debt is as destructive to human freedom as subjugation by conquest.
"We are bound to defray expenses [of the war] within our own time, and are unauthorized to burden posterity with them.... We shall all consider ourselves morally bound to pay them ourselves and consequently within the life [expectancy] of the majority." - Thomas Jefferson
Principle 28 - The United States has a manifest destiny to eventually become a glorious example of God's law under a restored Constitution that will inspire the entire human race.
The Founders sensed from the very beginning that they were on a divine mission. Their great disappointment was that it didn't all come to pass in their day, but they knew that someday it would. John Adams wrote:
"I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in Providence for the illumination of the ignorant, and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth."
 Source: over 150 volumes of the Founding Fathers original writings, minutes, letters, biographies, etc. distilled into The Five Thousand Year Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen, published by National Center for Constitutional Studies, 1981.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Real Thomas Jefferson (American Classics Ser.) (Paperback)

As the English novelist Samuel Butler once noted, "Though God cannot alter the past, historians can." His observation is especially applicable to our changing perceptions of great historical personalities, most of whom are relentlessly "reinterpreted" by each new generation of biographers. It is doubtful whether many of these renowned characters of yesteryear would even recognize themselves in some of the publications devoted to them today.

There is no better example of this kind of meta-morphosis than Thomas Jefferson, author of the American Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States. Since his death in 1826 he has been alternately vilified and deified in numerous forms by writers of varying motivations. In fact, so wildly has his image fluctuated in the national consciousness over the years that an extensive scholarly study has been conducted to investigate this phenomenon.
During the first five decades of this nation's history, Jefferson was preeminent among his peers as an advo-cate of the rights of man. The inspiring appeal of his philosophy and the eloquent force of his expression have made him a powerful symbol of freedom throughout the Western world, and his influence has been even greater in death than in life. Because of this tremendous influence, hosts of "experts' have predictably come forward and altered the Jeffersonian image to accommo-date partisan political objectives.
Some have chosen to dwell on Jefferson's personal character. He has been, variously portrayed as either a scoundrel or a demigod, depending on the author's purpose. One recent product of the vilification school, for instance, is a popular "psychobiography" which has now found its way into most American libraries. Claim-ing to be an "intimate history" of Jefferson's private life, the book focuses largely on his alleged lust for an en-chanting slave mistress. It has Jefferson suffering from a near-schizophrenic condition as he desperately struggles to conceal his scandalous immorality in order to retain the esteem of the country he loves. As the following pages will demonstrate, this bizarre tale-like so many others about notable figures of the past-bears no resemblance to historical fact.
Others have preferred to explore Jefferson's system of ideas on government, economics, education, or some other subject. But whatever side of him is treated, the standard approach among today's writers is to "analyze" and "interpret" him for the reader. We are not permitted to look at Jefferson directly, but rather through the eyes
of various authors who summarize what he did and paraphrase what he said, then carefully explain why he did and said those things. Every few years another author comes along with still one more "fresh interpretation." As these pile up, one on top of another, the thoughtful reader begins to wonder who in the world Thomas Jefferson really was.
That is precisely why The Real Thomas Jefferson has been published. The title may seem presumptuous at first glance, but it is not meant to suggest that those of us who prepared the book are gifted with superior insight. Indeed, we have made a conscious effort to keep ourselves out of the picture. By allowing Jefferson to explain his life and ideas in his own words, we have tried to ensure that his spirit, not ours, will breathe in these pages-so that all who read them will become acquainted with Jefferson himself, not another second-hand interpretation of him.
For reasons already noted, Jefferson's life and thought have been misrepresented and misconstrued by Ameri-cans of the twentieth century. Yet before we can ap-preciate and utilize his magnificent vision of a free republic, we must correctly understand both his life and his ideas. Thus the two-part format of this volume: the biography in Part I and the selected quotations in Part 11 are complementary elements, each making the other more meaningful and providing a fuller portrait of the real Jefferson. As we have indicated, the book consists mostly of Jefferson's own words; even the biography is drawn chiefly from his writings. In both sections the passages quoted are carefully documented from original sources.
This volume is part of a series being published by the National Center for Constitutional Studies, which has been established to help restore Constitutional principles in the tradition of America's Founding Fathers. The AMERICAN CLASSIC SERIES is designed to revive an in-telligent appreciation of the Founders and the remarkable system of free government which they gave us. The nation these men built is now in the throes of a political, economic, social, and spiritual crisis that has driven many to an almost frantic search for "modern solutions." Ironically, the solutions have been readily available for nearly two hundred years in the writings of our Founding Fathers. An honest examination of twentieth-century American history reveals that virtually every serious problem that has developed in our society can be traced to an ill-conceived departure from the sound principles taught by these great men. The citizen of today who turns back to the Founders' writings is often surprised by their timeless relevance-and perhaps equally dismayed that we have permitted ourselves to stray so far from such obvious truths.
It is our earnest hope that the AMERICAN CLASSIC SERIES will prove to be an inspiration and a valuable resource to those who believe that this nation can yet fulfill its "manifest destiny" as a bulwark of freedom in the world.
Related Books:
The Real George Washington The Real Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, March 6, 2010

How To Protect Your Rights and Have More Freedom


About the Product:
This is a slide presentation on a DVD, 71 minutes long.  It goes to the very heart of the U.S. Constitution. You will learn more about the U.S. Constitution than you have ever thought possible.  With permission I took the information in Dr. W. Cleon Skousen's book, Making of America and condensed it down into this DVD. Dr. Skousen spent 40 years of research and another 14 years to write his tremendous book.  N
ow you can quickly gain access to information found in Dr Skousen's book!  It is presented in an easy and interesting way so you will understand and remember it better.  This DVD is packed with information. 
You will discover answers to questions such as:

  • What are the 11 powers of the U.S. President?

  • What are the 22 powers of Congress?

  • What is the purpose of the Supreme Court?  

  • What the Federal Government can and can not do? 

  • What causes prosperity, peace and freedom and what destroys them? 

  • What caused the Great Depression and what ended it? 

  • Why the Federal Government should not be involved in social welfare? 

  • What your rights are and how you can protect them?
And much, much more!

You can't get a DVD as packed as this one anywhere else!  The information on The United States Constitution is taught in such an easy to understand way!  This is one product that is a must for you.  If you want to keep America prosperous, at peace and free, then you will want to view the information on this DVD. 

This is a power packed DVD!  It will save you time, make you more knowledgeable, give you more confidence in discussing the Constitution and make you a more informed and a better voter. You will be delighted with the information you receive and proud you took the time to be a more informed American! 

Friday, March 5, 2010

15 Questions to Ask Candidates for Federal Offices!

How can you tell if a candidate for Congress has sufficient knowledge of the Constitution to represent you properly? Ask them the following questions:

1. What is the proper role of government?
Answer: Provide Justice and Protection. The proper role of government is to protect the inalienable rights of the people. These include: Life, Liberty, and the Right to Own Property.
2. What is the proper distribution of powers between federal and state or local governments?
Answer: James Madison explained, "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the sate governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the object which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties and prosperity of the state." Federalist Papers, No. 45
3. What are the 11 powers of the President of the United States?
  1. Chief of State
  2. Chooses his Vice President
  3. Shall nominate ambassadors, public ministry, consuls, judges of Supreme Court and other offices of U. S. with advice and consent of the Senate
  4. May require opinions or reports from any U. S. agency
  5. Gives Congress report of the State of the Union, recommending measures he considers necessary and expedient to improve the general welfare of the nation.
  6. Sees that federal laws are faithfully executed
  7. Scrutinizes new laws from national standpoint - can veto
  8. Receives ambassadors & etc. from foreign nations
  9. Can make treaties if 2/3 of Senators present agree
  10. May grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against U. S. (except impeachments)
  11. Commander in Chief of the Military
4. What are the 22 powers of Congress?
  1. Determines if members are properly elected
  2. Punishes own members for disorderly behavior
  3. Has complete control over Federal Lands and Buildings
  4. Keeps a journal of proceedings to be published from time to time
  5. Collect taxes
  6. Pays the debts
  7. Power to coin money and regulate value
  8. Can borrow on credit of U. S.
  9. Punishes counterfeiting
  10. Brings impeachment charges
  11. Fix weights and measures
  12. Encourage progress of science and other useful arts and issue copyrights and patents
  13. Establish post offices
  14. Set up federal courts
  15. Has all lawmaking power
  16. Regulate commerce
  17. Establish uniform system of rules for naturalization
  18. Establish uniform laws regarding bankruptcy
  19. Define and punish piracies and felonies on high seas
  20. Grant letters of marquee and reprisal
  21. Call forth state militia when need to
  22. Declare war
5. What is the purpose of the Supreme Court?
Answer: It is the guardian of the Constitution. It is to make sure laws that are passed are constitutional.
6. What is the first thing a congressman or senator should do when deciding what bill to sponsor or how to vote on a bill?
Answer: See if it is one of the 11 powers of the president or one of the 22 powers of Congress. If not, he must reject it for lack of delegated authority.
7. What is the original meaning of the "general welfare" clause?
Answer: This provision gave the Congress the right to expend funds for all of the purposes itemized in Article I, section 8, (the 22 powers) provided that it was done for the general welfare of all the people and not specific welfare for individuals or preferred groups or locations.
8. Why did the Founders give Constitutional authority for the federal government to regulate interstate commerce?
Answer: They wanted to insure the free flow of goods and services between states with no state erecting customs or tariffs. It was never meant to apply to the production or sale of goods and services going interstate.
9. Which cabinet offices have authority rooted in the powers given to Congress in the Constitution? Which of the others will you work to disband?
Answer: Does: State, Treasury, Defense, and Attorney. General (now Justice).
Does Not: Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health & Human Services, Housing & Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, Education
10. How can Congress check the runaway power of the federal courts?
Answer: One action which could be taken is to adopt the Jefferson Amendment. This was suggested by Thomas Jefferson as an amendment to the Constitution to allow Congress to overturn a decision of the Supreme Court by a two-thirds vote.
11 When the federal government wishes to acquire land within a state, whose permission does the Constitution require be obtained? Only for what four purposes can it obtain land within any state?
Answer: The Constitution spells out that land within a state could only be purchased with the consent of the State Legislature. The four purposes for which the federal government can even acquire the land are: (a). for the erection of forts, (b) for magazines and arsenals, (c) for dock yards, (d) for other needful buildings such as Post Offices.
12. What standard does the Constitution require as a basis of our money system? Who is supposed to have control of the nation's monetary system?
Answer: Article I, Sections 10 of the Constitution gives Congress the exclusive right and also the responsibility to provide a national money system based on gold and silver, and no state is allowed to use anything else in payment of its debts. There is no constitutional authority for the Federal Reserve System.
13. Do you believe that people's morals will affect their ability to enjoy freedom and liberty under the Constitution?
Answer: Benjamin Franklin said: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
John Adams was equally explicit: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people; it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Samuel Adams added a final warning: "Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.
14. You will take an oath to uphold and defend the United States Constitution, if you win this office. Do you realize that you will be held accountable before God, as well as the American People to do it?
Answer: Yes
15. Tell me why should I vote for you?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Eighteen Constitutional Questions to ask Candidates in 2010

Learn the 18 Constitution Questions you should ask candidates in 2010 in NCCS' January Newsletter. 

http://nccs.net/newsletter/jan10nl.html by Earl Taylor, Jr.

With the events of 2009 now a matter of history, it is clear to see that the election year of 2010 will be like no other we have seen. On the one hand we have those running the country who are openly opposed to any form of the Founders' government based on limited, balanced, and carefully delegated powers. On the other hand are those who are awakening to a sense of our awful situation—one that if not immediately and powerfully checked—will no doubt lead to a loss of the very liberty and freedom for which our Founders fought and died. The months leading up to the November 2010 election, with all the petitions, campaigns, promises, and media hype, will be intense, perhaps even brutal, as the two forces battle for control of Congress for the following term.
Once in a while a question will be posed such as this: What can we do when there really is no one on the ballot we feel like we can support? My answer is usually: Then you have learned not to wait until the election to start thinking of good candidates! The process must begin very early. For 2010, it must begin now.
Philosophy is more important than issues
If voters can be sure they are electing people with the correct philosophy of government, then they can feel safer that no matter what the issue is that comes along, the decision about that issue will probably be made based on correct principles and not on current opinions. Issues will come and go. Correct principles do not come and go. To paraphrase one man's counsel on how best to lead: Teach people correct principles and let them govern themselves. As Americans, the time for insisting that our candidates are strong believers in correct principles of government is now.
The following are a few of the questions my twelfth grade students have asked candidates who are running for public office. These young people can tell pretty quickly what kind of public officials they will make just by their answers.
Question 1. What is the concept of unalienable rights as mentioned by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence? Unalienable rights are those rights given to each human being by the Creator. They cannot be taken away by man without man coming under the judgment of Him who gave that right. This quickly gets to the root of a person's political philosophy. A person's concept of unalienable rights reveals his belief in a Creator, the equal rights to life, liberty and property of man, and the proper role of government. Unalienable rights must not be confused with vested rights which are rights created, given, and sometimes changed by the people or their government.
Question 2. Explain your feeling about this statement: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” This statement was made by John Adams who, with the other Founders, believed that freedom can only be maintained on the basis of virtue and morality. As we are seeing today, proposed solutions to problems can be made by the dozens, but unless the solutions are based on principles of morality and virtue as taught in religion, they will never solve problems.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

The Patriotic Test

You guys should take this test and then check your results to see if you pass. Once you get your results, you can click on the answer you chose to see an explanation--it's pretty cool.

Okay you 'red-blooded Americans'.. let's see how you do on this test!

24 out of 30 is considered a passing grade.
Supposedly 96% of all High School Seniors FAILED this test...
AND if that's not bad enough, 50+% of all individuals over 50 did too!!

Take the test and be surprised.



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