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Every American youth needs to understand and appreciate the US constitution.
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We will produce an educational documentary film describing important events in American history that are usually omitted from public school curricula. The film will be titled The Hijacking of Americaand delivered to school-age Americans. It will inform them of important historical facts that every American should know, but few do – even adults.
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This web site deals with political issues; in particular, conservative vs. progressive philosophy. Disclosure: the principals of the firm are conservative. Our commitment to visitors: We present both sides of issues fairly, with no attempt to mislead. Please feel free to take exception with anything presented here by using the Contact form.
Why Can’t We Compromise and Meet in the Middle?
Americans are concerned about the inability of our government to work together to get things done. It is broadly perceived that there is, in this country, a continuum of political belief ranging from left to right. That simplistic view overlooks a crucial reality. Beginning with the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, American government has included individuals who held two distinctly different philosophies. There are only a limited number of issues on which they agree. While the relative strengths of the two philosophies varied over the decades, we appear to be near a 50-50 split at the present time.
As you listen to the JFK inaugural speech, please make note these three comments:
- ‘. . . the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.’
- ‘The world is very different now . . .’
- ‘Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.’
John F. Kennedy Inaugural Speech
Over the decades, people were often unaware of which philosophy their candidate held. JFK wanted us to know exactly where he stood:
- While our constitution guarantees each citizen a number of specific rights, progressives believe that only governments can grant rights. JFK came down solidly on the side of the constitution.
- Woodrow Wilson’s excuse for dismissing the constitution was that the world is different now than it was when the constitution was written. JFK dismissed Wilson’s excuse.
- JFK’s third quotation was a promotion of patriotism and personal responsibility.
Constitutional Convention – 1793
Having reviewed the current situation and considered JFK’s remarks, we now back up to the beginning and trace through subsequent events.
In 1793, elected representatives of the states met in Philadelphia to write a new constitution. They could have chosen to mimic one of the European governments. Instead, they created a new government with limited powers, acknowledging the natural rights of the people. Some members disagreed with the words ‘We the people’, preferring ‘We the states’. In the end, the constitution did not become law until it was approved by the people.
Origin of the German State Theory
It might seem strange, but there is a reason for this.
Johann Kasper Bluntschli and The Theory of State
Bluntschli’s The Theory of State, published in Germany in 1875, became the foundation for something called theGerman State Theory. The theory will become significant as this story progresses. An English translation was available in 1895, and a pdf English language copy is available online. In 1910, W. H. Manwaring and Dr. F. W. Coker of Princeton University (where Woodrow Wilson was president) published The Organic Theory of the State, further describing the characteristics of progressivism. A primary tenet, which is diametrically opposed to our constitution, reads: “The state transcends individuals within the State in power, right or priority.” That work is also available online.
Progressivism is Imported to America
Frank Johnson Goodnow, Ira Remsen
In the late 1800’s, numerous Americans seeking advanced degrees attended German universities. Many among them succumbed to the German State Theory, which held that governments progress over time: hence the term ‘progressive’. America was new and Germany was mature, and progressives deemed Germany to be eons ahead of America and our constitution. Goodnow and Remsen are representative of many who returned to America to become progressive educators in our institutions.
. . . while Germany continued to “progress”
|It is understandable why those American scholars would believe their professors; after all, they went to Germany for more education. However, this new theory was just that – an untested theory. It hadn’t been subjected to the scientific method, nor to any other validation technique. Little did they dream that it would lead to war between the US, led by a progressive president, and Germany, within 25 years and to the Third Reich 20 years later.Today’s progressives do not have that excuse.|
Woodrow Wilson and the
Full Flowering of American Progressivism
|Before becoming the twenty-eighth president of the US, he was a professor, president of Princeton University and Governor of New Jersey. A copy of the book The New Freedom, an edited collection of his campaign speeches, is available on this web site. You can read his opinions about the constitutioncommencing at this point. Specifically, (a) he belittled the concept of natural law; e.g. individual rights, and (b) he disagreed with the constitution’s checks and balances.|
Teaching the Constitution
Hillsdale College and Will Morrisey, PhD
Hillsdale College (Hillsdale.edu) offers a free 10-week online course, Constitution 101. I took Constitution 101, and in week seven I learned the origin of American progressivism, as presented above, from Dr. Morrisey.
I was shocked by what I heard. My immediate thought was, ‘surely if that were true, everybody would know it.’ I proceeded to conduct independent research and concluded that yes, indeed, Dr. Morrisey was right. That realization led to the decision to produce the documentary movie, The Hijacking of America, and deliver it to America’s school children. Dr. Morrisey has agreed to participate in this project.
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James Madison observation regarding the Constitution:
“The real wonder is that so many difficulties should have been surmounted, and surmounted with a unanimity almost as unprecedented as it must have been unexpected. It is impossible for any man of candor to reflect on this circumstance without partaking of the astonishment.” James Madison, Federalist No. 37. (Articulated in Catherine Drinker Bowen’s Miracle at Philadelphia)