A Real Letter To A Real Granddaughter…. Regarding The Attempted Indoctrination Of Her 5th Grade Daughter Who Is Attending An American Public School (Letters Have Been Substituted For Names)
My Dear “M”,
Your email and photo of “J’s” public school 5th grade U.S. Constitution “study guide” has been received. Your concern for its content, particularly regarding the 2nd Amendment, is shared.
Before addressing the 2nd Amendment, it is imperative that we understand what I call the “concept of construction” of the Constitution.
There seem to be no schools at any level (except, perhaps, Hillsdale College) that teach the text of the Constitution and its concept of construction… Textbooks contain copies of the Constitution, but no teachers “teach” it as thoroughly as the English teachers of days of yore taught Shakespeare.
This may possibly be the most simple analogy of that “concept of construction”:
Imagine the federal government to be a robot.
Without a program, the robot is a lifeless machine.
The Constitution is the program by which the federal government operates, and the program is designed for the robot to only perform tasks A, B & C.
You wake up one day, and the robot is performing A, part of B, none of C and….. surprise, surprise… it is also performing D, E & F.
Something must have gone tragically wrong…. That’s the condition of the country now.
James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay explained the Constitution to the people through 85 essays written under the pseudonym, “Publius”. These essays are called “The Federalist Papers”.
In Federalist #45, Madison explained the basic relationship and responsibilities of the federal & state governments…
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace negotiation, and foreign commerce… The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”
In Federalist #84, Hamilton explained, due to the true concept of construction, the lack of necessity for a “bill of rights”…
…and prophetically warned of the negative consequences that could result from such a “bill of rights”.…
“For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do? Why, for instance, should it be said that the liberty of the press shall not be restrained, when no power is given by which restrictions may be imposed?… it is evident that it (a bill of rights) would furnish to men disposed to usurp, a plausible pretense to claim that power.”
So it is that we see any power not mentioned in the original document was intended to be withheld from the federal government. However, ignoring those who wrote the US Constitution, and still believing that a “bill of rights” would insure their personal liberties and prevent governmental oppression, the people insisted the 1st ten amendments be added to the Constitution.
Now, we consider the 2nd Amendment:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
You have shown me that the 5th grade public school “study guide” attempts to indoctrinate our beloved “J” with a current political ideology which is contrary to the personal rights that the “bill of rights” was designed to protect.
I see that the “study guide” states that the 2nd Amendment:
“says that states may enlist citizens for a trained militia (army) and provide and train them with weapons”
This rendering of the 2nd Amendment is clearly enumerating the right of a governmental authority, and any adult would realize that the seed has been planted for the belief that weapons should be the soul property of government.
All of the uproar against ratification of the Constitution revolved around fears of various federal powers over the states and the people.
It would be illogical indeed to assume the intent of the “bill of rights” was to enshrine nine amendments that guaranteed personal liberties and governmental restrictions…. and one amendment that granted states a right already possessed, while implying the negation of a right that was then currently enjoyed by the people.
If we are to accept this ideological interpretation as the right of possession of arms belonging only to the government and not to individuals…
… we are compelled to admit that illegal possession of arms by millions of individuals escaped detection during the lifetimes of those who wrote the US Constitution.
Those who lust for federal power over individuals today are striving to indoctrinate our young people and “reeducate” as much of the general populace as possible with revisions, obfuscations and outright lies.
Thomas Jefferson, who was in France while the Constitution was being written, warned that the danger of having a Supreme Court was that, in the hands of the Justices, the document could become a thing of wax through the twisting of words and squeezing of meanings.
It is my hope and prayer that you, as “J’s” parents, will express your concerns to the proper school officials and continue to monitor our little one’s studies.