~ Thomas Jefferson
The American Constitution, signed on September 17, 1787, is as great a miracle as the ultimate victory from the British in 1782. Providence prevailed in both theatres. It was a monumental feat to beat the British in the Revolutionary War. Equally as awesome was the accomplishment of finding common ground amongst the varied American beliefs in writing the Constitution. Though our forefathers differed, they united in their mission, their vision: A republic; a democracy; America, the beautiful; America, the hope.
The American Constitution was the work of brilliant men with a vast knowledge of history and a thirst for righteousness. They believed that in order for American liberty to survive, her people must be educated. To quote John Adams, “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge of the people.”
Thus, the mission of Constituting America is based upon this principle: America will not and cannot survive unless her citizens, her children, and her students, are educated about the validity, necessity and Providential Divinity of the Constitution.
The Constitution should not be dismissed or relegated to obsolescence, for as surely as this is done, democracy will meet its demise. Knowledge of the contents of the Constitution and the values of our founding fathers is pivotal to enduring these challenging times.
A renewed, rekindled enthusiasm and a patriot’s desire for the understanding of our Constitution begins with its accessibility. Challenging the mindset of those who consider our Constitution to be antiquated, is our mission. An enlightened America regarding her roots, her basis, and her thesis is the key to America’s pertinent survival. Americans have rights. Americans must have knowledge to understand them.
Constituting America’s mission is to reach, educate and inform the youth and all citizens through modern technology and modern means, because we must not let those who devalue freedom dominate the debate.
~ Janine Turner
“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge of the people.”
~ John Adams
I had a posted a link to Janine Turner's webpage, http://constitutingamerica.org/, which describes her 90 in 90 = 180, History Holds the Key to the Future.
The introduction page as to how this idea was conceived is on this page:
All Americans are asked to join our national conversational blog/Reading of the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist Papers in 90 days starting April 20th.
Here is the link to the Welcome Page:
Janine provides links to the federalist papers and the constitution on the http://constitutingamerica.org/ page.
For your convenience, I am posting them here:
Janine also provides an exciting We the People 9*17 contest for young people, offering scholarships and prizes for the best essay, short film, PSA, or original song! Contest rules, link to entry form, and Teacher's Tools/Media Kit are found on this page:
I urge all of you to join in the reading of the Constitution and Federalist Papers, and let all of your friends and family know about the We the People 9*17 contest for students! It is time that Patriots understand what this country stands for, and how our freedoms were designed by our Founding Fathers!