Teach Our Children - I-285 Requires schools to teach our Declaration of Independence and our Constitutions

by Monte Benham

We have decided to change the name of I-285 from the constitution bill to:

Teach Our Children - I-285 Requires schools to teach our Declaration of Independence and our Constitutions

We are still expect to get permission to print the petitions by April 4. We do have an urgent need to money to pay the printing and mailing costs.

Send your donations to:

Friends of the Constitution
5312 W Tucannon
Kennewick, WA 99336


Monte Benham
509 783-3829

PS: I've attached a news letter below that you may wish to subscribe to.

Subj: 11 - Don Conkey's Constitutional Observation for April 03
Date: 3/31/03 11:44:18 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: dsconkey@bellsouth.net (Donald S. Conkey)
Reply-to: dsconkey@bellsouth.net (Donald S. Conkey)
To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;

Donald Conkey’s e-Newsletter - Volume 2 - No. 2 - April 1, 2003

"Constitutional Observations"©
My effort to inform interested Americans..
On the Origin and History of the U.S. Constitution and its 28 Principles of Freedom

This Month’s Issue: The 286 principles of Good Government embodied in the U.S. Constitution and Preamble.
Editors Note: What better time to begin a study of the 286 Principles of Freedom and Liberty, so carefully woven into the fabric of the Preamble, Constitution, and Amendments, than during this time of uncertainty and war! The first 7 are found in the Preamble – the FF’s Mission Statement – those magnificent goals they hoped to achieve.
Question # 1: Who wrote the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States?

Answer: Gouverneur Morris, a Pennsylvania delegate who skillfully crafted these goals using only 52 words – short enough to be memorized by every American – just as we have memorized our flag’s Pledge of Allegiance. The Preamble reads: "We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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 America." Under the first Principle, found in the Preamble, "We the People of the United States," Morris stated the FF’s goals.

Question # 2: What were the goals the FF’s wanted to achieve that Morris outlined in the Preamble?

Answer: These goals (also called principles) found enumerated under its first principle of "We the people" are: #1. "to provide a more perfect union;" #2. "to provide equal justice for all;" #3. "to ensure peace, security, and domestic tranquility among the people;" #4. "to provide for a common defense" (against all enemies, both internally and externally); #5. to promote those practices and policies which "shall be for the general welfare" of the whole nation; # 6. and to secure the "blessings of liberty for themselves and their posterity."

Question # 3: Where did the FF’s come up with their concept of "We the people." And why is that the 1st principle?

Answer: The FF’s had one thing in common – they were all well read in the classics of their day, including the Bible. They had a particular love for the writings of Moses, especially those several verses in Exodus and Deuteronomy (Ex 19:5; Deut 7:6; 14:2; 31:16-17; 31:26; 31:29)which implied to them that Zion and Jerusalem were 2 separate geographic areas and that God had promised Moses His "Perfect Law of Liberty" would be restored in the latter-days. Ministers began to reinforce their belief that America was God’s latter-day "Zion" – where His law would come from – but His Word would still come out of Jerusalem. Jefferson studied the English Anglo-Saxons’ government in depth, and saw in it shadows of ancient Israel’s laws of liberty – and of the strength and dignity it provided "the people." But the FF’s went beyond the Bible – they studied Greek and Roman history – Polybius, Cicero and others – as well as their more contemporary philosophers. In Frances’ De Montesquieu’s writings they found a "model constitution " and read about "separations of powers"; from John Locke’s essays on government they found their "We the people" concepts that all rights derive from the governed; from William Blackstone’s "Commentaries on the Laws of England" they learned of the "supreme excellence of God’s Law," with their divine principles being rational and morally right. John Calvin’s writings were studied in detail. Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations became their economic model. They were searching for a "better way" for America. They believed God had preserved America where such a "better government of the people" could be developed. Their "We the people" ideas developed slowly, but eventually the FF’s incorporated this principle into their writings. Jefferson was firm in his writings. He wrote: "I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the 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 with education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."

NOW – before we go to principle # 2, let us take Jefferson at his word, and refresh our minds on the actual words of our Constitution. Let us take the "CONSTITUTIONAL PLEDGE." This pledge reads

"I. As one of the ‘We the people of the United States,’ affirm that I have read (or will read) our U.S. Constitution and pledge to maintain and promote its standard of liberty for myself and for our posterity and do hereby attest to that by my signature." Signed by: (you) ______________, with George Washington as my witness. (Do you need a Constitution?)

We are providing 2 ways for you to obtain a "POCKET CONSTITUTION," a 56 page booklet, small enough to carry in a purse or shirt pocket, that contains the Preamble, Constitution, its 27 Amendments, and the Declaration of Independence – plus quotes from Washington, Madison, John and Samuel Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. It also provides special historical dates to remember, along with an index to the Constitution and its 27 Amendments. This is a booklet parents are giving to their children, and sharing with their friends. Businesses are giving it to their clients. Elected leaders are being given it, with a challenge to take the pledge and ponder its basic laws of freedom and liberty..

To obtain:

WAY # 1: Send a self addressed stamped (2 stamps) legal envelope, along with $1.00, to Donald Conkey, 3274 Eagle Watch Drive, Woodstock, GA 30189 and you will receive one booklet by return mail.

WAY # 2: For those who want 11 booklets or more for family, or to share with friends, or for business handouts, call the National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS) at 1-800- 388-4512 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, and place your order – the cost is $12.00 for 11 booklets and includes shipping costs – credit cards accepted, or order 24 hours a day at the NCCS Web Site - www.nccs.net .

In May, after taking the pledge and reading the Constitution once more we will continue our studies of the 286 constitutional principles with principle # 2 - 7. Until May. DSC


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