A primary focus of my political articles and blogs is to challenge us to think, consider sound principles of government, then hold fast to those principles refusing to waiver or compromise. Unfortunately, the guiding principles and philosophies of good government held by our nation’s founders are all but lost in modern America. Even those of us who make occasional reference to the founders or the Constitution which they gave us, often speak merely from our own opinions as to what ‘we think’ government should do, but most often are grossly unaware of the fixed principles and standards that our venerated Founding Fathers would have applied to the issues of our day.
For this reason, I recommend the following resources for our reeducation as we once again learn to think and act like ‘Constitutional Americans.’
Overview of America
This 30 minute video is the most succinct overview of the American form of government that I have found. It clearly describes what form of government we have and how it compares with others, our economic system and what capitalism really is and the spiritual and moral foundation of America’s greatness. The DVD can be purchased at shopjbs.org or the complete presentation can be viewed online at http://www.overviewofamerica.com. A less expensive public service version of the DVD (excludes the fancy case) is also available at shopjbs.org and quantities can be purchased at a step discount – so buy lots and share this great resource with everyone you know. Shop the entire JBS store for lots of great resources.
Institute on the Constitution
The Institute on the Constitution, subtitled “A Study on Christianity and the Law of the Land,” is a 12 part study that addresses both our nation’s founding documents and the philosophies that guided the men who gave us those documents. You cannot correctly understand the documents until you understand the men who wrote them and the reasons for their actions.
This is a ‘do it yourself’ study course consisting of a study guide with an outline and 30 minute video lecture for each lesson. The IOTC Host Kit is designed for group study (though it’s great for individuals as well) and provides all the tools needed for even a novice in Constitutional principles to present the course. This is a quality resource that’s worth the price and can be used over and over to host presentations and teach the Constitution to others.
National Center for Constitutional Studies
When you’re ready to dig a little deeper, the National Center for Constitutional Studies provides a wealth of educational resources including:
- Pocket Constitution
- The 5000 Year Leap
- The Making of America
- A More Perfect Union – Feature film on the drafting and adoption of the U.S. Constitution
- And numerous in depth study courses
Take the plunge. Visit the NCCS website today and dive into the adventure of rediscovering what it means to be an American.
Audio-Video – The Easy Way to Learn
If you’re like me, then you’re not a big fan of reading long boring books written in old fashioned English that you can hardly understand. Besides, you’ve got places to go and things to do, you can’t just sit around reading books. To be honest, my primary source of Constitutional education has actually come through listening to speeches by Constitutionally astute men, or watching educational videos, or even by listening to insightful commentaries that challenge my thinking and force me to ponder the guiding principles behind the issues. So why not get a Constitutional education by listening to an mp3 download while driving to work, or by watching a video while you’re eating dinner. The following are a few of my favorites.
- Keys to Good Government (DVD) – This is only one of the many great resources available through WallBuilders.com
- The Castle Report (podcast) – Commentary on current events by a seasoned Constitutionist who lifts the curtain and shows us the people, principles and policies at work behind the scenes. New episodes are released on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
- A Spiritual Heritage Tour of the United States Capitol (DVD)
- Constitution Minute (audio) – A series of 15 short, but poignant and deeply insightful commentaries by my friend, Randall Yearout. (listen online or download mp3 files)
- The American View (text or video) – Weekly commentary by co-founder of the Institute on the Constitution, Michael Anthony Peroutka. I call Michael’s commentaries mini lessons on “how to think like an American.”
- Home Front with Cynthia Davis (podcast & newsletter) – Weekly newsletter and podcast interviews by four term Missouri State Representative, Cynthia Davis. Cynthia digs to the spiritual and Constitutional roots of the issues.