Benjamin Franklin said the Founding Fathers were giving us a Republic and wondered if we could keep it. Can we? Have we?
Thomas Jefferson said, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Have we remained silent? Is the majority silent?
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” –John Adams. Is Mr. Adams the only Founder to recognize the hand of providence in our founding? Have we in the last two centuries moved too far from the moral and religious people who founded us?
“A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.” –James Madison. Have we neglected our studies? Are we ill informed?
“The good sense of the people will always be found to be the best army. They may be led astray for a moment, but will soon correct themselves.” –Thomas Jefferson.
Ah! And this I do believe! And to that end I am organizing an opportunity to study the original principles, ancient principles and ideas drafted by our Founding Fathers over two centuries ago.
The National Center for Constitutional Studies will send its lecturer, Bill Norton, to our community on Saturday, April 28. “The Making of America” is a one-day seminar reviewing the settling of the New World, the birth of our nation, the miracle at Philadelphia, America’s success formula and balanced center – the Constitution – all through the primary source words of our Founding Fathers.
“The power under the Constitution will always be the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing, and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled.” –George Washington.
“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of (a) 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… In questions of power, then, let not more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the the chains of the Constitution.” –Thomas Jefferson.
Come study with us and discover how the Founders wove the principles of liberty into our American Constitution. “The Making of America,” on April 28, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Paul Sawyier Public Library’s Community Room. Registration is $40, which needs to accompany your name and be sent to Phyllis Vincent, 207 Esperanza Drive, Frankfort 40601.
Phyllis Vincent, Frankfort, is a retired music teacher and a retired church musician.