Back in a campaign some years ago, a young man handed me a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution and a pamphlet with a well known (to some) story about his quest for re-election. In the story the constituent told Mr. Crocket that he either was incapable of understanding or hadn’t read that document that he swore an Oath to uphold and defend, so he could not cast a vote to re-elect him. The story may or may not be accurately told in the pamphlet, but it sparked something in me. It made me realize that this man, a farmer in the early 1800’s had a better understanding of that document than I did. I quickly realized that even though I had graduated from one of the highest rated schools in my state, with a B+ average, I hadn’t ever read that document in it’s entirety. So , I read it, in fact I read it several times. I realized that it was pretty easy to understand, since it was written in English, even if there were a few obscure words and phrases in it. I began to question, why it didn’t seem to be being followed too well and figured I just didn’t really understand it.
Several years ago I heard about a free course from Hillsdale College and enrolled in it. The course was great and gave me a much better understanding of the document and many of the phrases that I had issues with prior, leading to me reading many of the writings of the men who had a hand in the creation of our Constitution. In addition I took several other courses on the history of our founding and the Constitution, however none of this had as much of an impact on my comprehension of it than the course I wish to introduce to you here.
Three years ago I enrolled in a course called “The American View of Law , Liberty and government, The U.S. Constitution” provided by the Institute on the Constitution, an organization from Pasadena, Maryland IOTC for short. As I sat through the first of twelve one hour lectures, I quickly realized that there was more to this one than the others I had taken. The conclusions I had reached over a period of years of study and the fundamental principles that had taken hundreds of hours of reading had been summed up in just the introduction to this course. I must confess, that in the next 11 weeks, due to life getting in the way, I was late to some of the classes and negligent in doing the homework, since I didn’t think I really needed all of that and was also a little leery of investing the extra money, which I really didn’t have into the books and DVD’s for the homework. Even so, by the end of the twelve weeks I had been blown away by the amount of information I had absorbed, and thought to myself “ how much more did I miss?”. I took this course two more times and lead a class that was taught by a live video stream in six two hour lectures. Each time, during each lecture, I found myself having one of those ah-ha moments.
Several of us who have taken this course have recently formed a non- profit organization, with the Blessings of the IOTC called First State IOTC and are organizing classes to allow those who may have an interest in this course to get it. To get more information or sign up, send an email to FSIOTC@gmail.com . We are currently offering the course for free, I recommend you get the workbook which we sell at cost, which is $35.00 (including shipping), but it is not a requirement to buy anything. If you prefer to take the course at home, you will find it available on this website; www.theamericanview.com in DVD form and additional books and DVDs available.
As a side note. Because this course came to us through a candidate that was in a controversial election, there are some people who think there is a conspiracy to brainwash you into something, I’m not sure exactly what, and have been saying some pretty ugly things about some of the people involved, in an attempt to discredit the organizations mentioned above. All I can say is take a look for yourselves. We have nothing to hide and the only thing we have to gain, is a more informed electorate, as Thomas Jefferson said “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”
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