If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never can be. ~ Thomas Jefferson
The Constitutional Convention was a closed door meeting. As the doors opened and our Founding Fathers spilled out, a woman in the crowd asked the question on the minds of all of the by-standers. She wanted to know what form of government had been decided upon. To her question Benjamin Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
We have become complacent. We have sent several generations of our children to government controlled schools. We have helped our kids with their homework, but gladly delegated their education to someone else. Our Founding Fathers and history understood that it would take much work, diligence and constant vigilance to keep what they fought for and designed for us.
In The War Department’s Training Manual on Citizenship from 1928, in section 120 there is a comparison of autocratic, democratic and republic forms of government noting that a republic is a delicate balance and can easily slip into either extreme. This training manual was designed due to the great influx of immigrants into the United States. These immigrants were not here for the forming of the nation and so were not educated in its design.
The War department, in its wisdom, printed this booklet on citizenship to educate young men in the service on the history and development of the United States so that these new citizens would be properly equipped to defend the Constitution.
Did you know that this manual was ordered to be confiscated and destroyed in 1933 shortly after Roosevelt signed documents establishing the Federal Reserve Banking System? But you can read the manual in its entirety right here and now:
Read it, share it — help to educate those who don’t have a clue about our founding.
Today, each inductee into the military takes this oath:
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
These young men and women have come to the military from our public school system. If they even know what the Constitution is, the majority of them will not have the slightest idea what it says; nor the ability to understand it, as the educational system in our country continues to crank out graduates that cannot read adequately. The part they will understand is following orders; of the President and of the officers assigned over them. How can they be expected to adequately defend something they don’t understand?
Our Founding Fathers fought long and hard to win our freedom and to ensure its continuance with the Constitution. They handed it over to their children as a gift for our future. If we sit back and refuse to educate ourselves and our children, what will we be handing over to them?
At *your* service,