Getting Back to the Basics

A Free Formal Education

Basics, as far as education of our founding documents are concerned, that is…

Hillsdale College is providing a couple of very valuable courses online – one on our Constitution, the other on The Federalist Papers.

Our Constitution

We don’t need to really get into the importance of knowing our Constitution as our founding fathers designed it unless you are someone that believes the Constitution is anything but what the founding fathers designed it for…

The most popular is that our Constitution is a living document.

If you look up the definition and understand the nature of living documents, you discover that they are designed to give increasing control and power.

That’s where that argument falls flat on its face as our founding fathers wrote our Constitution to limit the powers of the federal government, not increase it.

Another and more critical crisis is the Progressive Movement.

Why is it they creating a crisis and what is the Progressive Movement?

Hillsdale provides the best synopsis I have seen on Progressivism…

“In the early 20th century, a new political theory—known as Progressivism—rose to prominence in America.

 

“This theory held that the principles of the American Founding, expressed most eloquently and concisely in the Declaration of Independence, were irrelevant to modern life.

 

“Progressives taught that stringent restrictions on government power were no longer necessary to protect liberty, since human nature and science had advanced greatly during the 19th century.

 

“Progressives did not believe that individuals are endowed with inalienable rights by a Creator; rather, they believed that rights are determined by social expediency and bestowed by the government.

 

“In conjunction with this new theory of rights, Progressivism holds that government must be able to adapt to ever-changing historical circumstances.”

The most critical flaw by Progressivism is that they do not believe that individuals are endowed with inalienable rights by a Creator — which means they have moved the Creator from his most prominent place in our government to something (and in many situations, anything) less…

Instead they would rather believe that rights are determined by social expediency and bestowed by the government.

Notice Hillsdale talks past tense and I present tense — Progressivism is still very much alive and a crisis today, so I am not sure why the past tense (disclosure: have not studied this lesson from Hillsdale just yet, maybe I will discover something there…).

Hillsdale gets into the basics very clearly so  I won’t go much further than to say we have been promoting their free lessons on their site (which you can find by clicking here) as well as offering it on our site.

The only editing we do is in the format of the layout — everything else is directly from Hillsdale College.

The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay between 1787 and 1788 under the collective pen name of Publius to promote in New York the ratification of our Constitution.

The Federalist Papers are considered one of the most important sources for interpreting and understanding the original intent of the Constitution — then as well as today.

What prompted the essays were the critics of our then yet-to-be-ratified Constitution — Hamilton, a firm believer our Constitution, wrote in Federalist No. 1 that the series would “endeavor to give a satisfactory answer to all the objections which shall have made their appearance, that may seem to have any claim to your attention.”

It was only after Hamilton’s death in 1804 did the authors become known — as well as the contentions even the had in writing the papers as well as agreeing on the final Constitution.

Again, the Hillsdale course explains everything clearly and in segments that can be easily undertaken every week (which you can get started by clicking here).

A Request

Do know they have chosen a while ago not to be a federally funded college — they recognized following federal regulations would sacrifice and jeopardize their vision and mission in its purest form which is to preserve and protect the meaning of our founding documents; they have since relied totally upon private donations.

Please give it some serious consideration by clicking here.

Do note we keep a copy their course on our site — you can navigate to the courses by using the menu (top right of any page) and going to the ‘Our Founding Government Documents‘ section for the U.S. Constitution as well as the Federalist papers.

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