Over the Christmas holidays we had a great time with our four grown children. It is exciting to see them progress in their careers and, more importantly, mature into concerned, caring, wonderful people.
But I also realized that, as parents, we have not done our job completely. We have failed to educate ourselves and our children on a critical element of our national freedom: Our nation’s constitution.
You might think that the Constitution falls under basic history and would be adequately covered by the schools. I thought so too but I was wrong. I consider myself fairly well educated, yet, when I started to read an in-depth book about the Founding Fathers, I realized my background was sorely lacking.
The more I read, the more I recognized essential information we’ve been missing!
This is the stuff that makes our country different from any other. The uniqueness of the Constitution is why the United States has been so successful and is the desired homeland for people from all over the world. It is here in our country that, by law, “We the People” come first and the government works for us.
We must teach ourselves, and then our children about the details of this incredible and precious document; we must pass on our willingness to stand up for freedom and our dedication to the rights of every citizen.
The book we gave to each of our children, with an impassioned recommendation, is titled The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World, by W. Cleon Skousen.
This book was written almost 30 years ago. It is not political, in a partisan sense, but describes the influences and times surrounding our Founding Fathers when they were writing the Constitution. This book is not dull and boring. It lays out 28 great ideas that were involved in the process of writing our Constitution, which the book openly admits was a miracle. It is seen as such because of the diverse backgrounds and conflicting political beliefs of the founders; they somehow came to an inspired consensus that would establish our nation based on the rule of law and self-governance: The people don’t serve the rulers, the government serves us.
It’s fascinating to learn of the patience, care and time commitment given to hashing out of the Constitution. It was a long process that took these men many months and 60 ballots to come to agreement; they did not rush, they did not cut out dissenters and go into some back room to firm up their majority. They had a “committee of the whole” and worked hard to see each other’s points of view, requiring compromise on only a very few issues.
One of my favorite sections of the book is the founder’s views on how to obtain good leaders. They felt strongly that congress should be made up of people who were successful in their endeavors back home; that they should already be accomplished leaders. They did not want an aristocracy like in England and France where leadership was passed down in families of the wealthy, most of whom had little or no work experience. They wanted to avoid having professional politicians and instead opting for citizen legislators who would participate in public service for a while but then return to their regular lives. (This certainly has changed!)
The Founding Fathers also agreed that payment for public service should be minimal. They did not want people drawn to big money for these positions because, coupled with the power and honor that are intrinsically part of the deal, the founders were sure the congressmen would never leave. (Obviously correct)
Benjamin Franklin predicted some of the problems we are seeing today: “Sir, though we may set out in the beginning with moderate salaries, we shall find that such will not be of long continuance. Reasons will never be wanting for proposed augmentations; and there will always be a party for giving more to the rulers, that the rulers may be able in return to give more to them.” (p.67)
And so we are now at a critical time in our nation’s history. It is essential that we understand why our country was established as it was, what has made it work better than any other, and what dangers are looming today that threaten our future freedoms. Are you willing to educate yourselves and your children? Your belief, knowledge and passion for individual freedom could well be the most important gift you give the next generation.
Here’s a quick update on Jim Brannon’s legal challenge to the November 3rd election where he lost his city council bid by only 5 votes. I have explained, in the past, that Jim bypassed his option to have a Recount because all that would do is run the same ballots through the same computerized machine. No one thinks the machine is the problem. The ballots ARE a problem, however, because some people were given ballots that are not valid voters in our city. And the number of questionable voters is rising daily as the research goes on.
I was surprised to hear about someone fairly well-known in the community, who sold their home in CdA early last year, now residing in Hayden, but still voted in our city election off their old address. I wonder if they are nervous when they read about the guy over in Washington state who was just convicted of voter fraud?
Another prominent person used their business location here in CdA as their voting address...oops! There are a number of folks who live in Canada but still vote in our city election. The stories go on and on. Stay tuned, this is definitely not going away soon; it’s an important fight for the rights of all legitimate voters!