Category Archives: Constitution

FREE 10 wk. Constitution 101Course from Hillsdale College Begins 2/20/12

Click on the link for the previous Hillsdale lecture series on the Constitution.

Register for Hillsdale College’s “Constitution 101”

Dear Friend of Liberty,

As a leader in your local Tea Party organization, you are invited, along with other members of your group, to participate in an exciting educational opportunity from Hillsdale College – our free online course, “Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution.” You may already know of Hillsdale College for its principled refusal to accept even a penny in federal or state taxpayer subsidies, its rigorous core curriculum that includes courses on the American heritage and the Constitution, and its many outreach programs promoting liberty. You may also receive its free monthly speech digest, Imprimis. Our free online course, “Constitution 101,” will be taught by the same professors who teach Hillsdale’s one-semester course on the Constitution to our students. This 10-week program begins on February 20, 2012. Registration and information, including the course schedule, is available here: http://constitution.hillsdale.edu/

The course will include:

  • ten lectures by members of the Hillsdale College Politics Department faculty; • provided readings that are used in the Hillsdale College Constitution course;
  • weekly online Q&A sessions with faculty;
  • a course study guide for use by individuals or groups;
  • weekly quizzes for those who wish to test their knowledge; and
  • a certificate from Hillsdale College for those who complete the course.

And again, this course is free to all who wish to participate. We encourage you to sign up for this course on the meaning and history of the Constitution, and to share this program with everyone in your group. In this regard, we invite you to view and share this promotional video for “Constitution 101.” “Constitution 101” is part of a major national educational campaign by Hillsdale College. Please join us in studying the greatest charter of civil and religious liberty in human history during this very important year for our country.

Repeal the 17th Amendment – Tenth Amendment Center

Brief Explanation:  http://repeal17now.org/

More Complete information from the 10th Amendment (States’ Rights) experts.

Repeal the 17th Amendment – Tenth Amendment Center.

SAVE THE DATE: Feb. 15, 2012 House committee to probe recess appointments – The Hill’s On The Money

Heads Up: Our own US Rep. Ted Poe sits on this committee!

House committee to probe recess appointments – The Hill’s On The Money.

Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) announced Monday that on Feb. 15, his committee will explore the constitutionality of the president’s move, accusing him of wrenching the Constitution out of shape and setting a “dangerous precedent” for future administrations. ~snip~

Obama used his recess appointment powers to put in place Richard Cordray as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as three members of the National Labor Relations Board. Cordray’s pick had already been block by a filibuster once in the Senate, and the NLRB nominees were expected to face fierce GOP opposition as well. ~snip~

The president’s move is already being challenged in court, as the National Right to Work Foundation has filed a motion challenging the legality of the move. Other business groups have suggested more court challenges questioning the legitimacy of the move could be forthcoming. ~snip~

The White House defended the moves, calling them a necessary step to allow those agencies to be fully up and running. Under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law that created the CFPB, the agency cannot fully realize its powers without a director, and NLRB membership had fallen below the quorum needed for it to function.

Introduction to the Constitution – Hillsdale College

Introduction to the Constitution – Hillsdale College.

Links to Hillsdale’s great video classes on the Constitution that Rush recommended!

Scroll to bottom of webpage for The first video. Study Guide with questions is available as a .PDF file in small print immediately below each video.

Must Read: Reclaim the Constitution Pamphlet

 For Download: Reclaim the Constitution (Large file alert; please be patient during download.)

Walter Williams: Ignorance, Stupidity or Manipulation

Walter Williams on Slavery & Founding Fathers; puts the 3/5 compromise into historical context.

MARCH 3, 10, 17, & 31: 4-session CONSTITUTION CLASS at Spring Creek BBQ-Atascocita

Join us for our final class next Thursday, March 31 ! We’ll be taking a look at the Bill of Rights–the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.

If you’ve ever wondered what the Constitution REALLY says–here’s your chance to refresh  your memory or learn for the first time! Join us as we review our Founding history and delve into the U.S. Constitution and why our Founding Fathers wrote it the way they did.

Spring Creek BBQ-Atascocita [MAP]
Thursdays, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, & 3/31/2011
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
$25 /adult, $10/Students/children (for entire class)

Please RSVP.

Presented by Gus Faris (our wonderful emcee on the We’re Watching You Bus to Austin) and Larry Lane ( our wonderful local political guru) using Making of America materials from .Cost is $25 /adult, $10/Student or Child. We will have many of the National Center for Constitutional Studies books from the available for sale.

For the class syllabus and some online resources, click on “more.”

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REMINDER: No Constitution Class Tonight Thurs. 3/24 – Will Finish Next Thursday

Just a reminder that the Constitution Class will not meet tonight, Thursday, March 24, but will meet for our final class next Thursday, March 31 at Spring Creek BBQ in Atascocita.

1913 Was a Very Bad Year – by J.B. Williams, American Thinker

Original Article

Prior to 1913, there was no federal income tax. The states had rights and representation in Washington, D.C., there was no Federal Reserve Bank, and the federal government lived under the enumerated powers afforded within the U.S. Constitution. What a difference one year can make…

CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

14th Amendment, History & Anchor Babies

H/T: Larry Lane. Excerpted from 8/4/10 Ann Coulter article, Justice Brennan’s Footnote Gave Us Anchor Babies:

The 14th Amendment was added after the Civil War in order to overrule the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision, which had held that black slaves were not citizens of the United States. The precise purpose of the amendment was to stop sleazy Southern states from denying citizenship rights to newly freed slaves — many of whom had roots in this country longer than a lot of white people.

The amendment guaranteed that freed slaves would have all the privileges of citizenship by providing: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

The drafters of the 14th amendment had no intention of conferring citizenship on the children of aliens who happened to be born in the U.S.

Inasmuch as America was not the massive welfare state operating as a magnet for malingerers, frauds and cheats that it is today, it’s amazing the drafters even considered the amendment’s effect on the children of aliens.

But they did.

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