Skip to comments.Founding Fathers have a new fan base that is growing daily
Posted on 06/05/2010 2:13:15 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Earl Taylor has spent 31 years teaching that "the Founding Fathers have answers to nearly every problem we have in America today." Only in recent months has he found so many eager students.
On a recent Saturday, he held the rapt attention of 70 of them. The eight-hour seminar held at a roadside inn here was one of half a dozen "Making of America" sessions nationwide that day, all sponsored by a little-known organization based in Idaho.
Two years ago, Taylor, president of the National Center for Constitutional Studies, made about 35 trips to speak to small church groups and political gatherings. This year, he has received so many requests that he enlisted 15 volunteer instructors, on pace to hold more than 180 sessions reaching thousands.
If a "Tea Party" event is where the disaffected go to protest the present, his classes are where they go to ponder the past. Participants include members of "9.12" groups inspired by commentator Glenn Beck, Republicans, home-school groups and people affiliated with militias.
In Springfield, the day's students included a lawyer, a farmer, a local politician and a project manager for a construction company. Except for one man, all were white. Most were middle-aged, and there was nary a Democrat to be found.
Taylor walked them through a 131-page, fill-in-the-blank workbook that frames the nation's founding in a religious context and portrays the size and scope of the modern federal government as a form of tyranny.
His course became popular in part because of an emotional endorsement last year from Beck, who has praised the late Cleon Skousen, who wrote the course's curriculum. He was an anti-Communist Mormon fundamentalist and professor of religious studies at Brigham Young University, whose historical work has been criticized by academics as ill-conceived and inaccurate.
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adams...in regard to atheists...”that’s their problem”
We The People will be cleaning out the DC sewer in November. Thank God our founding fathers anticipated the disgrace that we have today and gave We The People a means to clean up their mistakes.
Simplistic nonsense. But hey, if it convinces people to vote for smaller gubmint, that’s fine.
Leave it to an atheist libertarian to believe that the free market CAN work without Chrisitan-Judeo values.
I read The 5000 Year Leap, which is a publication based on Skousen’s teachings, and it relied on actual quotes from the founders themselves. I’m aware that such quoting, in and of itself, does not guarantee complete accuracy, but I’d rather rely on The 5000 Year Leap, than on some book or article that makes unsubstantiated claims.
The founding fathers were brilliant. Today’s career politicians are mere azzhats.
Anyone who thinks that the Founders were libertarians, especially in the social sense of that word, is an uninformed dunderhead.
In November we may get a look under the manhole lid. We might even get the chance to get rid of some of the worst sewer rats but unless we're careful well just get a newer, more devious breed.
Absolutely NOTHING works well without Christian-Judeo principles.Those principles gave us the greatest system ever devised. It takes Godless men to undo it. If Americans permit this, they deserve what ensues.
I agree. November (and subsequent elections) is step one. We must be on them CONSTANTLY! If we don’t remain ever vigilant and informed they (those who would destroy what has been built over a span of two centuries) will prevail. It’s a damn shame we don’t have an active, patriotic press to help us watch the bastards.
Too bad We The People can’t hire several hundred private investigators to dig out all the corruption in our government and truly clean the sewer. Do we have a prison big enough to hold all those that should be prosecuted and convicted?
Hence my ongoing battle with libertarianism. From the Ayn Rand Institute, to the Austrian School, to the Mises Institute, to the Cato Institute, to Ron Paul and the Libertarian Party; their inevitable failure will be due to just what you posted: “NOTHING works well without Christian-Judeo principles.”
Unfortunately this may be the last time that we have that possibility. If 0bummer and the Demonrats have their way there will be millions more Democrap votes come 2012.
O man, did you have to post that image? I am about to have my dinner. Come on be nice =)
Glenn Beck does a Friday show of one Founding father bio....it’s very good.
Obama voted “present” more often than he voted yes or no in his previous incarnations as a state and federal office holder.
Contrast those “present” votes to the founding fathers. In July 1776 when they put their names on the Declaration of Independence they knew that the most likely outcome would be that they would be arrested by the British, tried for treason and executed. Further their property would be forfeited and their families made destitute. No one voted “present.”
Rather than signing their own death warrant they signed the most famous declaration of human rights in the history of the world and they bet their life on it. These men did not vote “present.”
Our Constitution is the fortress wall around each and everyone of us, we surely best start defending it!
It’s fine. I’d rather have people believing in fairy tales about the Founding Fathers than fairy tales about socialism. Those seem to be the options.
“We The People will be cleaning out the DC sewer in November.”
We can replace the public face of corruption but the behind-the-scenes termites and career bureaucrats will still be there. It’s a start though.
Life seems to have given you indigestion.
He didn't free them because, as property, they were assets on which he could borrow. Jefferson liked to live the high life was almost always in debt. He needed those people held in slavery to hold off creditors. At his death, his estate was $107,000 in the red. The man who made the word "democrat' acceptable (it had been a slander) is the poster boy of what the Democratic party is now and has always been.
I always find it funny when people comment on how I must “feel.” The truth is what it is.
I’ve always though the island of Adak in the Aleutians would make a great prison. It used to be a naval station and has living quarters, power plants, water supply... everything but access to the mainland.
Thanks for posting this article! The left is busy trying to protray the Founders as godless satanists in an effort to derail this movement. The Tea Party should recruit from this desire.
Never mind. This story relates to white, middle aged tea party/militia type Christian Men, worshiping middle aged white Christian Man slave owners who rebelled against the king who owned everything. The Constitution is irrelevant because of that.
Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.
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