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Constitution Class - CANCELLED

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Constitution Class - CANCELLED

Time: April 25, 2010 from 9am to 6pm
Location: State College Ramada
City/Town: State College, PA
Website or Map: http://912CentralPA.org
Phone: (814) 234-3912
Event Type: educational
Organized By: The 9-12 Project of Central Pennsylvania
Latest Activity: Apr 26, 2010

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Event Description

Michael Badnarik, presenter of the "Introduction to The Constitution" class scheduled for April 25 here in State College, has advised us that, due to an insufficient enrollment, he will be conducting the class in Philadelphia.

Needless to say, we were very disappointed by this decision, and for those who signed up, we sincerely apologize for this unfortunate turn of events.

Our members have overwhelmingly asked for education on the Constitution, and we are trying to fulfill that request. Therefore, we are exploring possible alternatives. Please take a moment to fill out our brief survey to let us know your thoughts and wishes as soon as you can.

If you choose the alternative for April 25, we'll let you know the details as soon as a sufficient number of folks sign up.

Comment Wall

Comment by Mark Brady on March 12, 2010 at 9:53am
I will promote on other group sites! Please do the same...
Comment by Floyd Martin Houdeshell Jr. on March 18, 2010 at 10:20pm
I give my highest recommendation to you to avail yourself of this opportunity. I learned more about our founding documents in eight hours with Mr. Badnarik than I have in any other single month of study. This man knows the material and has a gifted ability to teach it. Those of you who can make the time will be impressed. Bring a friend with you. Thank you for making this happen!
Comment by Greg Fasolt on March 31, 2010 at 10:19am
The Biggest Threat to Our Freedom and Well-Being
by Jacob G. Hornberger

The last thing statists want people to be doing is studying the Constitution. Because if people are studying the Constitution, there is a good possibility that they’ll discover what the Framers considered to be the biggest threat to the freedom and well-being of the American people. That would be, of course, the federal government.

The federal government? That’s just not possible, say the statists. The federal government is our caretaker, our provider, our friend, our parent, our god. After all, doesn’t it provide our retirement, health care, children’s education, housing, loans, food, and other essentials of life? Doesn’t it protect us from the drug dealers, illegal aliens, terrorists, communists, profiteers, speculators, greedy people, oil producers, and other scary people in the world?

How in the world could Americans possibly consider this grand provider and protector to be the biggest threat to their freedom and well-being? ask the statists.

The Constitution actually had a dual purpose. One purpose was to call into existence a federal government. But the Americans living during that time were reticent about doing that. They knew that historically people’s very own government had been the destroyer of their freedom and well-being.

So, early Americans were faced with a dilemma. They believed that a federal government was necessary, but they also believed that it would pose the biggest danger to their freedom and well-being.

What to do?

Their solution was to use the Constitution not only to bring into existence the federal government but simultaneously to use the Constitution to restrict the powers of the federal government.

Thus, the original Constitution — that is, the part that didn’t include the Bill of Rights — essentially said the following: This document calls into existence a federal government but one whose powers will be limited to the few powers that are enumerated in the Constitution because we don’t want this government to have very many powers.

So, why was a Bill of Rights necessary? Why not simply rely on the enumerated-powers doctrine?

Because our American ancestors believed that certain rights were so vitally important that they didn’t want to rely on the enumerated-powers doctrine for their protection. They feared that federal officials would begin violating the enumerated-powers doctrine and wanted to make sure that if they did so, they could not run roughshod over the rights that they considered so fundamental and important, such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and right to keep and bear arms.

Knowing that historically governments had arbitrarily punished people who were critical of government, they wanted to ensure that the federal government couldn’t arbitrarily arrest, jail, and execute people. That’s what the guarantee of rights in the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments are all about.

Is the mindset that guided the Framers outmoded? Are the statists right in suggesting that the federal government should now be looked upon as people’s parent, friend, or deity rather than the biggest threat to the freedom and well-being?

Well, ask yourself: What has the welfare state and the warfare state brought us?

Out-of-control federal spending, taxes, borrowing, inflation, assaults on income and capital, not to mention the damage that the welfare state has done to people’s sense of self-reliance, independence, charity, moral values, and family values.

On top of that are the kidnappings, renditions, torture, indefinite detentions, kangaroo tribunals, militarism, empire, denial of due process and trial by jury, suspension of habeas corpus, assassinations, and other infringements on civil liberties that the warfare state has brought us.

What better evidence of the threat to the freedom and well-being of the American people than all that?

The Framers were right: The federal government, owing both to its welfare sta
Comment by Mark Brady on April 16, 2010 at 1:24pm
It has been CANCELLED!?!?!

Michael Badnarik wrote (4/15/10):
Originally I was speaking in Philly on Saturday and teaching in State College on Sunday, however as of yesterday no one had signed up for the class. In a last minute scramble to salvage the weekend, I'm now speaking AND teaching in Philadelphia. Special thanks to my good friend, Rob Pepe, and all of the dedicated patriots in the City of Brotherly Love.
Lighting the fires of Liberty....

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