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Learn about your Constitution Sept. 14

The participants of the Constitutional Convention adopted the U.S. Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787. It was later ratified in 11 states and went into effect on March 4, 1789.

The U.S. Constitution was the greatest political experiment the human race has ever attempted with the separation of powers between a legislature, executive and the judiciary.

Truly, the most amazing thing about the sacred document of supreme law is the huge number of Americans who have never read it. Many can recite pieces of the Bill of Rights, the parts we fight over in modern day contests, but the main articles go largely unnoticed by most Americans.

Back in the days of the Framers, concepts like the consent of the governed, divided government, and civil liberties were exceptionally radical ideas. They were ideas that could land a person in prison or worse.

Today, you can rarely turn on a television news program without someone claiming they have the “right” to do something. Many times I find myself wondering where they got their information.

In the opposite fashion, the government will engage in certain suspect activities, leaving many people wondering whether their rights are being violated, or not. What we do not know can cause us great harm.

Some say the U.S. Constitution is an outmoded document and it is time for a change.

I want to challenge you to truly understand the foundation of American freedom. In addition, I want to invite you to learn more and do it in an interesting and enjoyable atmosphere.

The Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club has invited the National Center for Constitutional Studies to come to Peachtree City and give one of the most interesting and memorable one-day courses available on the U.S. Constitution. My wife and I both plan on attending.

The date of the course is Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The course costs $30 per person if you register before Sept. 1.

Do your kids a favor and bring them along too, because in order to appreciate freedom, you have to understand what it means. Many of us have cheated our children of this valuable knowledge.

No matter your age, race, creed, color, national origin or political persuasion, you will find this course incredibly interesting. Please do not allow over 200 years of our history to go to waste.

I hope to see you there! For more information, contact Mary K. Rudd at 770-846-8236.

Steve Brown, chairman
Fayette County Board of Commissioners
Fayetteville, Ga.

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Comments

Your promotion of the program on the U.S. Constitution needs some truth in advertising.

The National Center for Constitutional Studies is an extreme right-wing outfit. It offers "seminars", etc. to spread its views that the U.S. was founded with divine guidance and that the modern Federal Government is a tyranny It is a favorite of Glenn Beck, The John Birch Society, Eagle Forum, etc. and has found a gullible audience among tea party types.

Responsible parents should not take their children to this program. Save your $30 and buy a good scholarly book on the U.S. Constitution.

lion

It might be interesting to sit in on this course to discover why the last 14 words of the 2nd Amendment are vitally important while the first 13 words are merely an ink smear. Maybe the ladies can explain why Madison and Hamilton were so sloppy with their ink wells.

Short - but often misinterpreted - and still the basis of controversy.

<Cite>A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed</cite>

It is stated:

[Quote]The work of many minds, the Constitution stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.[/quote]

Does one have to pay $30.00 to learn that our current Congress is not functioning as our founding fathers demonstrated? In order for our Constitution to work, we must have leaders who exhibit cooperative statesmanship and are experts at the art of compromise for the benefit of the citizens they represent . The present Congress has the lowest rating in history. Why? Lack of cooperative statesmanship.

G35 Dude's picture

[quote]The present Congress has the lowest rating in history. Why? Lack of cooperative statesmanship.[/quote]

Yet you support moving our county government closer to this model by supporting district voting. Simply because you want to see a person of color on the panel.

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

It's too bad that District voting is tied to this racial issue. Fayette County is larger than it was 20-30 years ago. Residents in different areas have different concerns. All minority people, all women, all business owners, all rural residents, etc. do not live in one area. The problem with our Congress is not its structure, but the lack of cooperative statesmanship of those elected to Congress. Leadership in Fayette County, if they had utilized vision, should have foreseen this issue and handled it with the citizens who reside in Fayette County. All minorities do not live in the so-called mandated District. There was a qualified minority who could have been Chair of BOE. (Black/woman). Some have surmised that FC wasn't ready for this. I think that was an incorrect assumption. (And the current chair was criticized - so I guess some critics just like to criticize regardless of gender or race.) I already have a minority representative on the Fayetteville City Council. I voted for him because he presented himself well in public meetings, was cognizant of the issues, etc. I'm very pleased with the Mayor ofFayetteville, the Council, and the cooperative law enforcement.

The general populace will always favor at large voting over district voting because a candidate elected by the majority of all electors will be more popular than a candidate elected by a portion of the electorate in a single district. That’s why any President who was elected by the majority of the voters enjoys approval ratings higher than the district-elected Congress. (Currently Obama is rated positively by almost 3 times as many Americans as is Congress – still both are abysmal.) However, Congressional representatives who could never gain election in a national at large voting scheme are returned to Washington endlessly by the districts they represent. Look no further than our own featherweight Congressman, Lynn Westmoreland, who is among the most mentally challenged representatives in Washington, but has been re-elected by wide margins since 2004.

The real question is whether Americans want a republican government as designed by Madison that places restraints on the tyranny of the masses or a democracy in which the overall majority always rules. Fayette County appears to be conflicted. The citizens want a local democracy but a national republic.

S. Lindsey's picture

The first and the second paragraphs exist together and are not mutally exclusive.

The only confusion comes in when Politicians and Progressives insert themselves for their own
ideological benefit.

http://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment2/amendment.html

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

Believe me, there is no confusion at all. However, I thank you for the link to a concise summation of the well-known Heller decision (some readers of this blog may be unaware of this recent Supreme Court decision). It is interesting to see how the activist Robert’s Court overruled Cruikshank (1875) and Miller (1939), and ignored the first half of the Second Amendment over two centuries after the Bill or Rights was ratified. This makes their decision the law of the land just as the same Robert’s Court’s ruling on Obamacare also validated a very unpopular law. Perhaps both sides of the political spectrum should hold their noses, take their lumps, and accept the rulings of this "supremely" imperfect Court.

NUK_1's picture

Care for any of your own opinions on this group? Oh wait, you had no idea who they even were in the first place as you obviously took the Wikipedia entry and just spewed it right back out. Nice work not having to struggle with thinking there.

All one has to do is go to the website for the National Center for Constitutional Studies and see what crackpot outfit it is. That is my own opinion. Wikipedia had a good description of it.

By the way, why is the Fayette County Chairman pushing these extreme views of the Federal Government on our citizens? Is that one of his official duties?

SL: This outfit fosters ignorance. For knowledge, take a college course on U.S. Constitutional History.

lion

S. Lindsey's picture

I think I could school you on it anyday...just saying..

Wikipedia? Oh that anyone can edit and add content without review site...

Nice source...

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

PTC Observer's picture

On U.S. Constitutional History? Surely you jest sir.

It is colleges that are full of "crackpot" professors Lion and to our everlasting detriment they have undermined the ideas contained in the Great Document. They have stolen our children's freedom by distorting history and obfuscating the Founders ideas, while parents gladly pay for them to do it.

corruptio optimi pessima

Gort's picture

PTC_0, according to Wikipedia, the National Center for Constitutional Studies was started by a, (heh, heh,) "crackpot" professor.

But hey, Wikipedia can be edited, (and corrected,) by just anyone, can't it?

Remember: If you think Social Security and Medicare are worth saving, vote Democratic.

PTC Observer's picture

How you doing pal? Haven't heard from you in a while. Guess you've been out editing Wiki?

Gort's picture

PTC_0, I’m doing great, busy chasing the do-re-mi! ‘I just drop in to see what condition,’ The Citizen Forum, was in.

I hope you are prospering. Are you going to the National Center for Constitutional Studies presentation mentioned above?

Remember: If you think Social Security and Medicare are worth saving, vote Democratic.

PTCO, did you learn Latin in the "best" college and love it in the "worst" way? After reading the endless Citizen editorials from the Grove City College faculty, I must agree with you that there are myriad "crackpot professors" that distort history and obfuscate rationality. Join with me in protest, and maybe Cal will stop giving attention to these obscure crackpots.

RKS's picture

[quote=lion]Your promotion of the program on the U.S. Constitution needs some truth in advertising.

The National Center for Constitutional Studies is an extreme right-wing outfit. It offers "seminars", etc. to spread its views that the U.S. was founded with divine guidance and that the modern Federal Government is a tyranny It is a favorite of Glenn Beck, The John Birch Society, Eagle Forum, etc. and has found a gullible audience among tea party types.

Responsible parents should not take their children to this program. Save your $30 and buy a good scholarly book on the U.S. Constitution.[/quote]

I cannot swear to it, but I think they are affiliated with the LDS, as the founder was a LDS, yes?

S. Lindsey's picture

You actually use inuendo and baseless facts just to smear a group you disagree with.

I hear you are full of it.. At least that is what I heard.

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

rolling stone's picture

Laying it on a bit thick there Mr. Brown, chairman.

S. Lindsey's picture

...if knowledge is power what is ignorance? Lion care to answer?

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

Gort's picture

..to this, “most interesting and memorable one-day courses available on the U.S. Constitution”?

Remember: If you think Social Security and Medicare are worth saving, vote Democratic.

Ignorance by Georgians is the goal of conservatives and the tea party.

Let a nut group teach Fayette citizens and their children about the U.S. Constitution. Let's keep our citizens ignorant.

Ignorance is a conservative value.

Today the national news reports that 52% of Georgians and 70% of Georgia Republicans believe in creationism instead of evolution. Is this ignorance being taught in Fayette County schools? Is there any conservative in Georgia brave enough to tell their fellow conservatives that they are ignorant on this subject and should support science? I guess not.

lion

S. Lindsey's picture

All one has to do to see ignorance in action is read one of your post.

Instead of actually arguing your point of view.. You just smear by ad hominem attack everyone that might disagree with you..

Sad man just sad.

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

RKS's picture

I'd rather learn about the constitution from a group that doesn't have a political agenda with a religious slant of the Latter Day Saints church.

I don't care who is teaching the course; if the participants will actually read the U.S. Constitution, that will be a marvelous attainment. From the comments I hear and read, few people have any idea what Madison created. So attend with open ears and eyes.

Is offered free on the web. It would be a good introduction to the curriculum offered by the group . What is even more educational is to study the history of the actual settlement of the new world during this time. It appears that this is also shared in the curriculum offered, with a definite religious, Anglo- Saxon interpretation. Many students of the founding of our country often ask why the need for the amendments to our government document. This discussion is useless without honestly studying the history of what was actually occurring in the new world. Our country is admired for the progress it has made in living up to the words and ideals of the founding fathers. Their actions did not always match the written word. . . But the written word is based on principle for all citizens. This is a good fund raiser!

rolling stone's picture

A collection of 21 short video lectures on Youtube:

youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBD712F25D3747668

(not a hyperlink, they get me banished to the phantom zone)

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