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We the People of
the United States,
in Order to form a more
insure domestic Tranquility,
provide for the common
promote the general Welfare,
and secure the Blessings of
Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,
do ordain and establish this
Constitution for the United States of
Preamble to the Constitution
for the United States of America
Parental Rights Amendment
Make a Difference During Constitution
J. Michael Smith
Home School Legal Defense Association
In celebration of Constitution
has planned a
major push in the campaign to amend the
Constitution to include
fundamental parental rights.
A major call-in blitz to Congress is
scheduled during Constitution Week, urging
members to cosponsor the Parental
1. Check ParentalRights.org's lists
House cosponsors and 5 Senate
cosponsors. If your representative
is already a sponsor, don't call them!
Consider mailing them a message of thanks
2. If your congressman or senator is
not on the list, go to the States
Watch page and click on your state to
find their contact information.
3. Call your congressman and ask
him to sign on to cosponsor H.J. Res. 42, the
Parental Rights Amendment, to protect
parental rights and American and state
4. Call your senators and urge them
to cosponsor S.J. Res. 16, the Parental
Rights Amendment, to protect parental rights
and American and state sovereignty.
5. Call or email friends and family
and urge them to join you in calling their
congressman and senators throughout the week.
Read more at www.hslda.org.
"It does not require a majority to
prevail, but rather an irate, tireless
minority keen to set brush fires in people's
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Our Family Nights
In response to your request for Family
Night suggestions, I would like to share my
We have set aside Friday nights as Family
Nights. We try to schedule other activities
around them. If something unavoidable comes
up for a Friday, then we have Family Night on
Saturday that week.
We always make homemade pizza (with
individual topping requests) and have ice
We take turns selecting the activity for
the evening. Each person gets a turn to
choose what we do, and there is no arguing
with the chooser. This means that even if
someone doesn't like what has been chosen for
that week, she knows that she can choose
something that she does like when it's her
We usually end up playing a board game, a
backyard game, or watching a movie.
We've also had some variety of activities,
which have included each person selecting
his/her favorite "Adventures in Odyssey"
episode to listen to, going out for ice
cream, and watching home videos of when the
children were little.
We have enjoyed having the consistency and
predictability of the Friday Night Family
Night. We have also created some wonderful
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Jessica, 6, was playing "school" one
day. Seated at the table with paper and
pencil, she was writing a list of her most
newly learned words.
After a bit she said, "Mother, how do you
spell cat?" I slowly and
distinctly spelled c-a-t, delighted
she would ask my help rather than misspell a
word.I realized the tables were turned, however,
when she matter-of-factly said, "Very good,
Mother. Now try dog."
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Constitution Week: September 17-23
The Nature and Influence
of the US Constitution
Studying the U.S.
Basis for America's Laws
Basis for America's Laws
Parental Rights Amendment
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Constitution Day (September 17) and
Constitution Week (September 17-23)
commemorate the signing of the U.S.
Constitution on September 17, 1787.
President Eisenhower proclaimed the first
Constitution Week in 1956.
In December, 2004, Senator Robert Byrd
attached a provision to the Consolidated
Appropriations which mandated that all school
districts receiving federal funding must
instruct students on the U.S. Constitution on
September 17th or the following week.
Home-school parents are not required by
law to teach their children about the
Constitution, but surely we see the
importance of teaching our children about our
nation's Christian heritage and Constitution,
as well as how it affects our lives today.
You can also teach and show your children
that they can be a part of history in
supporting efforts to add the Parental Rights
Amendment to our Constitution (see
information in the sidebar at the left).
May the Lord bless your family for His
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1. The Nature and Influence
of the US
by Former President George W. Bush
Excepted from a proclamation.
Today, we marvel at the wisdom of the
Framers who toiled through a long summer of
learned and contentious debates.
Their work produced a document that
upholds high ideals, while answering the most
practical questions of governance. The
charter they crafted — with its separate
branches of Government, enumerated powers,
checks and balances, and later the specific
protections provided by our Bill of Rights
guides our Nation and inspires others around
As the delegates to the 1787
Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia
began working on what would become the United
States Constitution, they grasped that a
great democracy must be built on the twin
National consent to a Federal Government
Respect for individual rights.
Balance of Powers
In creating our Nation's Constitutional
framework, the Convention's delegates
recognized the dangers inherent in
concentrating too much power in one person,
branch, or institution.
They wisely crafted a Government that
balanced the functions and authority of a
Federal system among three separate but equal
As a further check on central power, the
Framers granted citizens the right to vote,
giving them the power to express their
political preferences peacefully and thereby
to effect change in the Government.
The Convention delegates ratified the
Constitution on September 17, 1787, and
submitted it to the States for approval.
Bill of Rights
After much deliberation and discussion at
the State level, the following two concerns
emerged from among those who feared the
Constitution's proposed centralization of
The threat of tyranny
The loss of local control.
To address these fears, our Founders
amended the Constitution by adding a Bill of
These ten amendments provided a series of
clear limits on Federal power and a litany of
protective rights to citizens.
Today, our Nation celebrates the
longest-lived written Constitution in world
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2. Studying the U.S. Constitution
The Constitution of the United States is
the foundation of our American
the supreme law of the land, no law may be
passed that contradicts its principles, and
no person or government in the nation is
exempt from following it.
Read, study and discuss the Constitution.
Read the Constitution along
Guide to U.S. Government for Students.
Free Online Lessons
The Center for Civic Education offers
free lessons for Constitution Day and
These are beautifully produced pdf files
with illustrated stories, questions,
worksheets, activities, and teacher's guides.
You may download
and print them. Audio guides are also
Kindergarten - study of
authority. (30 pages)
Level 1-2 - study of
authority. (34 pages)
Level 3-4 - Preamble to the
Constitution. (10 pages)
Level 5-6 - Preamble to the
Constitution. (12 pages)
Level 7-8 - the federal system of government.
Level 9-10 - the Constitution as a framework
for the government. (14 pages)
Level 11-12 - involves students in critical
thinking exercises involving fundamental
principles of the Constitution. (17 pages)
Be sure to include a study of the brave
men who labored to "create a more perfect
union" and crafted our nation's Constitution.
bios on all 39 signers of the
quotes from many of these founding
fathers which testify to their faith.
visual interpretations of the
Constitutional Convention, including the most
well known painting, "Scene
at the Signing of the Constitution," by
Howard Chandler Christy and the
chart which identifies the signers.
Ultimate Field Trips
the celebration at the National
Constitution Center in Philadelphia
September 17, 2009. Many learning
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Constitution Week at the United
States Capitol. Many opportunities
to learn about the Constitution.
Resources for Further Study and
"The Oxford English Dictionary of American,
anthology of original historical documents.
Education Courses from Home
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Includes: Founding Fathers, Introduction to
Constitutional Law, The Federalist Papers,
Declaration of Independence, and more.
Federalist Papers Online. One of the
most important works on political
theory ever written.
Democracy by Tara Ross. Understand the
and the basic tenets that undergird America's
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Could your children (or you) pass the test
to become a citizen? Test your knowledge of
United States History and the structure of
our government on this easy-to-use online
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3. Current Issues
The First Amendment
and the "Separation of Church and State"
The First Amendment to the Constitution
does not include the phrase "separation of
church and state." Nowhere does it suggest
that Christianity cannot be heard in the
In fact, the first act of the United
States Congress was to authorize the printing
of 20,000 Bibles for the Indians.
Historian David Barton says, "The
'separation' phrase so frequently invoked
today was rarely mentioned by any of the
Founders; and even Jefferson's explanation of
his phrase is diametrically opposed to the
manner in which courts apply it today.
'Separation of church and state' currently
means almost exactly the opposite of what it
Read more by David Barton at www.christiananswers.net
Judicial Interpretation of the
The subject of constitutional
interpretation is a valid and practical
concern today that will reach into many areas
of our lives for years to come.
Two competing viewpoints have emerged:
To follow the original intent of the
To allow judges to interpret the Constitution
as they will.
Tale of Two Constitutions" by David
Barton as well as a variety of articles from
Builders on the moral, religious, and
constitutional foundation on which America
Read a discussion of judicial activism, "Judicial
Philosophy," by Focus on the Family issue
Delegation of Powers
Is a federal health care program
constitutional? Read author and
historian David Barton's answer in an Aug.
27, 2009, news
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4. Basis for America's Laws
Excerpted and reprinted by permission from
an article by Charles and Cindy Meek, www.faithfacts.org.
Christians believe that the Bible offers
ultimate, objective, and absolute truth.
There was a general consensus on this point
in America from the earliest settlers until
only very recently.
Thus it was natural for the early
Americans to turn to the Bible for guidance
as to how to make civil law. This was the
standard for law beginning with the Mayflower
Compact all the way through the constitutions
of all 50 states.
For example, the first state constitution
was the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
(1639). Read this document.
The framers of this document desired that
every aspect of it be based on the Bible.
This document was a model for other
constitutions including the U.S. Constitution
which followed it. (See other Preambles
to State Constitutions.)
Rule of Law
Another aspect of our system of government
is that it is based on the Rule of Law.
concept is a direct descendant of Hebrew law
and the Ten Commandments.
Together with the concept of inalienable
rights from God, these concepts helped ensure
a way of life that respected the dignity of
The True Nature of Man
Another important aspect of America's
constitution is that it has as its basis the
distinctly Christian idea that man is
basically sinful. Every one of our founding
fathers understood this truth. The
that the founders built into the Constitution
an elaborate system of checks and balances.
This is evident in the horizontal plane of
executive, legislative, and judicial branches
of government. It is also evident in the
vertical plane of federalism - states' powers
versus federal powers.
See a chart
of the influence of Biblical thought on
America's legal system with Bible
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