Skip to comments.Hillsdale's Constitution 201: Have you signed up yet? It's about progressivism.
Posted on 08/21/2012 1:52:44 PM PDT by ProgressingAmerica
I signed up for the lecture series last night, and I'm very excited about it. The page for the Constitution 201 program describes it this way:
"The Progressive Rejection of the Founding and the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism"
In a word, Administrators. Hillsdale has nailed it: Bureaucratic Despotism. I think going in that the whole series will be top notch. Hillsdale is one of those institutions that has been on the forefront of defending American ideals, history, traditions, and liberty for a very long time. I can't help but notice already which sections will (based on the schedule) be the most interest to myself, those are sections 2, 3, and 5.
Especially 5, which is "FDR's New Bill of Rights"; The lecturer is William Morrisey. I've been wanting to write something about the Second Bill of Rights for a long time now, but have refrained while I have gotten to other things. I would think that using a Hillsdale lecture as a basis for what I have already as a potential outline would be outstanding.
Constitution 201, progressivism vs the Founding Fathers is at least in it's proposals everything that I've wanted to make the progressingamerica project into. But they have resources which I don't, from audio/video production to a team of researchers.
You should sign up. Right now.
I’ve completed constitution 101 and am now ready for more.
I believe there were over 300,000 “graduates” of 101. Now that’s gotta put some pucker in a few progressive butts.
With reference to Obama's "you didn't build that" comments, for instance, every American citizen needs to know that it was not government planning, government interference, government regulation, or government "wisdom" which created "the Miracle of America."
Free individuals, acknowledging Divine Providence, pursuing their own interests, under what Madison called the influence of a "benign" government, created that outcome.
The Miracle of America
axes and hoes to high technology;
log cabins to air-conditioned condos;
horsedrawn wagons to autos, planes, and rockets;
scarcity to abundance; &
from tyrannical government rule to individual liberty
HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
Most of our history books dont tell us that, in the beginning, the pilgrims established a communal economic system. Each was to produce according to his ability and contribute his production to a common storehouse from which each was to draw according to his need.
The assurance that they would be fed from the common store, regardless of their contribution to it, had a peculiarly disabling effect on the colonists. Taking property away from some and giving it to others bred discontent and retarded employment. Human nature was the same then as now, and before long, there were more consumers than there were producers, and the pilgrims were near starvation. Governor Bradford, his advisors, and the colonists agreed that in order to increase their crops, each family would be allowed to do as it pleased with whatever it produced. In other words, a free market system was established. In Governor Bradfords own words:
This had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corne was planted than other waise would have bene by any means ye Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deall of trouble, and gave farr better contente. The women now wente willingly into ye field, and tooke their little-ons with them to set corne, which before would aledg weaknes, and inabilitie; whom to have compelled would have bene though great tiranie and oppression. . . . By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine, now God gave them plenty, and the face of things was changed. . . . and some of ye abler sort and more industrious had to spare, and sell to others, so as any generall wante or famine hath not been amongst them since this day . . . . (Wm. Bradford, Of Plimoth Plantation, original manuscript, Wright & Potter, Boston, 1901)
Those who, today, favor central government planning, common ownership and redistribution of the earnings of others are advocating a system that Americans tried and rejected over 350 years ago. Their wisdom gave birth to the great American miracle!
Are we as wise today?
You Can Do Something About This!
This message originally published in the mid-1980s by Stedman Corporations Government Affairs & Free Enterprise Education Program a former NC textile firm. For more essays related to America's founding ideas, visit www.ouragelessconstitution.com
Hillsdale is a business, but its sanctimonious proclamations of fealty to our Constitution are not honest. Their theme should be “All the History and Constitutional Commentary Which the Left Permits”. The War of 1812 was a war about the spoils of citizenship. The most famous supreme court case addressed the issues surrounding inheritance rights of British Subjects, including all former inhabitants of the colonies that became citizens if they so chose, was The Venus, 12 US 253, 1814. Chief Justice Marshall, commenting in the Venus as to clarify our laws, affirmed the common-law understanding, common to every founder and framter of our Nation, and cited our first law book. Hillsdale ignores this critical principle, critical to the establishment of any nation - defining and protecting the rights of citizens by insuring that the nation's chief executive have fought for, or been born to parents who fought for independence, and parents who held allegiance to no other nation (14 Amendment founder John Bingham’s interpretation from his addresses to the House).
The points you raise are valid, but I respectfully disagree for a 100 level college course.
Public universities are churning out education majors without one credit hour of US constitution as a graduation requirement. These diploma holders will mold the next generation’s attitude towards our civil rights.
Care to recommend a better online 101 course on the US Constitution than Hinsdale offers?