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  • The New (Constitutional) Kid on the Block

    In celebration of Constitution Day, The Heritage Foundation welcomed its new neighbor and ally across the street: Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and CitizenshipHillsdale College in Michigan has been an institution committed to “educating for liberty” since 1844, but with the addition of the Kirby Center, this education will expand from students to policy makers, public servants, and all citizens. In addition to housing students in the Washington-Hillsdale Intern Program (which has experienced success in D.C. for over 35 years), the Kirby Center will sponsor the George Washington Fellowship Program for undergraduate fellows, the First Principles on First Fridays lecture series, Constitutional Town Halls, and work hand-in-hand with The Federalist Society and The Heritage Foundation to co-sponsor the James Madison Fellows Program for senior level Hill staffers.

    Hillsdale could not have looked to DC at a better time.  The recent popularity of the tea parties indicates a deeper, nation-wide interest in our founding principles, and the desire to hold our government accountable to the original meaning of the Declaration and Constitution.  The prevailing progressive idea that rights originate not in Nature, but in the government (and the subsequent notion that government has the wisdom and authority to determine what is best for the people), is being challenged by concerned citizens across the country.  Hillsdale’s Kirby Center offers another guiding voice in this debate.

    They join us in the effort to restore a proper understanding of the role of government – an understanding that takes as its guides the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.  In the series of speeches and events that the Kirby Center hosted on September 16th and 17th, citizens in many public roles affirmed the immutable significance of the founding documents, and the growing number of people committed to defending them.

    At a time when the Constitution is considered by leading elites to be obsolete, and the necessity for a progressive, “living” Constitution is taken for granted, we welcome the Kirby Center to the fight to restore America’s First Principles.

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    7 Responses to The New (Constitutional) Kid on the Block

    1. Bobbie says:

      The Constitution wasn't written to appease peoples lifestyles of culture, creed or race. That is in direct opposition as those things are the business of the ifreedom of the individual, not government. The Constitution builds individual worth every time it's understood. The government's intentional misinterpretation makes it worthless.

      Thank you Hillsdale, for educating the power and strength of America's principles, values and limited, disciplined, government this document holds, that withstands all time and respect and recognition of it's abilities to all mankind favoring it's true meaning. God Bless!

    2. Fritz in Santa Barba says:

      Hillsdale College and the Heritage Foundation are providing an invaluable service as we return the Republican party to it's conservative roots, and ultimately lead a second America Revolution at the ballot box. By stressing our First Principles we let Washington know that we won't be satisfied until the proper limited role of the federal government is restablished.

    3. Ace Sez Bishop ,Cali says:

      The label 'Progressives is an oxymoron to describe the left leaning liberals–they are anything but progressive–more like totally destructive–of our Constitutional Gov't–the basic principles of the Founders were not based on big and intrusives Gov't–nor career politicians–lets try and get back to what we know works for all Americans Remember November–vote out all incumbents of both parties–their arrogance an self agrandizement is not politically correct–its criminal !!

    4. Larry P. Arnn says:

      Proud to read this, as we are of our neighbors. LA

    5. colter, Montana says:

      Will today's conservatives actually support a return to a constitutional government? A sweeping reversal of the illegal takeover of the USA should include the elimination of all exective branch departments, and agencies. This would almost balance the budget overnight. There should no longer be a Dept. of Education, Labor, Health and Humans Services, Treasury, Agriculture, Interior, Etc. The EPA should be destroyed with the rest of the illegal unconstitutional agencies grown up around the beltway that assult life in America. The end of foriegn aid, social security, medicare, etc. etc. would enable the country to heal, create jobs as business flocked once more to our shores. Freedom would enable the spirit of the real creators of real jobs to flourish. We are now the frog boiled in the pot. We have just now noticed that the water is too hot to survive in and we want to jump out before we die. Is it possible to return to freedom? Probably not, since so many have so much to gain from a corrupt system of tyranny that rules over most of our everyday lives with invasive power that knows no limit.

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    7. Calvin Parrish says:

      I have been having problems with my donations to the Foundation being returned to my bank without being processed. What is the correct mailing address for these donations? I ask because I have two addresses that both have been returned.

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