THE ALL NEW 2014 Constitution 101:
"The Meaning and History of the Constitution"
Available to you, your family, your friends and all Americans.
Begins February 24, 2014 - Sign Up TODAY!
Dear Friend of Hillsdale,
Hillsdale College is offering our newly revised no-cost 10-week online Constitution course. The course is based on the same one our Hillsdale College students must complete for graduation.
I am proud to be teaching our NEW 2014 Constitution 101 Course and hope YOU will be one of my students!
As you probably know, many in our country, particularly those in leadership, have strayed from the principles of individual liberty and limited government that the Constitution upholds.
That's why Hillsdale College decided to offer a brand NEW course for 2014 --- a critical election year for our country . . .
The NEW 2014 Constitution 101 will be offered online and at no-charge to everyone who wants to understand and defend the timeless principles of liberty upon which our nation was founded!
"Constitution 101" begins on Monday, February 24, 2014, and concludes the week of April 28. It will cover such topics as the Declaration of Independence and its connection to the Constitution, how the Constitution is structured to protect individual liberty and ensure good government, the crisis of constitutional government faced by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, and today's challenges with the Progressive liberals big-government Administrative State.
As with all of our previous online courses, all of the lectures will be archived so you can watch them at your convenience from the comfort of your home.
It is my honor to teach the first class, "The American Founding: Revolutionary or Conservative?," and the final class, "Modern Conservatism and the Constitution." All of the classes will be taught by Hillsdale College professors - the top teachers in their field and the same ones who instruct our students here on Hillsdale's campus.
After you register for Constitution 101, I hope I can count on you to make a tax-deductible gift to support this course as well as Hillsdale's other educational programs on the Constitution and America's heritage of liberty.
In appreciation for a gift of $100 or more, I'll send you a copy of the companion book to the course - The U.S. Constitution: A Reader.
This exhaustive, 790-page volume was compiled by our Politics Department faculty at Hillsdale. It is a remarkable collection of our primary source documents including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers as well as famous speeches and writings by our Founding Fathers plus Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan and many more.
It's the perfect companion to our incredible all-NEW 2014 Constitution 101 and is a book your family will treasure for many generations.
As Hillsdale's president, I have devoted my life to education, helping students understand the meaning and history of the American founding. Here at Hillsdale, we know that can only come about through a close reading and study of our nation's founding documents, particularly the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
In recent years, Hillsdale has worked hard to expand its educational outreach, teaching citizens and policy makers (especially Members of Congress and their staffs) about the timeless truths contained in our nation's founding documents. This is a direct response to the way the Constitution is being ignored and violated by our government.
After all, the Constitution is the supreme law of our nation, the framework by which our country should be governed. Its principles and structures are responsible for the greatest government in human history.
Like you, I see 2014 as pivotal in the history of our country. And I am deeply concerned about the future.
Will we as a nation succumb to bureaucratic despotism, or will we take a stand for liberty?
The century-old attack on the Constitution, especially under President Obama, has threatened to undermine our hard-won liberties, reducing American citizens to subservience to an ever-expanding federal bureaucracy.
Our choice of whether to recover the principles of liberty and limited government, under the Constitution, will determine if we will remain self-governing citizens or dependent subjects ruled by unelected bureaucrats.
That's why Hillsdale College is committed to restoring and reviving the public understanding of the Constitution, once again making it the central focus of American government.
As you probably know - especially if you listen to Rush Limbaugh, or Mark Levin on the radio - Hillsdale College is one of the few colleges or universities in the country that requires all of its students, regardless of their major, to complete a one-semester course on the U.S. Constitution.
Over the years, many Hillsdale friends, even those who never attended college here, have commented to me: "Dr. Arnn, I wish I could take Hillsdale's Constitution course."
In response to these requests, in 2012, Hillsdale College offered our Constitution course online at no charge. Frankly, I wasn't sure what sort of a response a course like this would have.
But, more than 500,000 people from all over the United States registered.
I was thrilled, not only by the reaction, but at what it indicates: Americans are willing and eager to study and defend the founding principles that made America so prosperous!
Now, in light of the critical decisions facing our nation in 2014, Hillsdale is launching the New 2014 Constitution 101 course.
It's imperative that we re-awaken the American people and teach them about the importance of the Constitution to our liberty.
My Request to You
ACTION STEP #1: Be one of the first to sign up for "Constitution 101" by completing the course REGISTRATION form.
ACTION STEP #2: Please include the best donation you can to help Hillsdale College fund this vital project.
The course, available at no charge to the public, is not without cost to Hillsdale. The College has already invested much to make this course a reality. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been committed to create and prepare the course for one of the most far-reaching projects in our history . . . and to mount a massive email, radio, and mail marketing campaign to enroll an initial ONE MILLION course registrants.
To make "Constitution 101" available nationwide will cost more than $1,000,000. While a monumental expenditure for Hillsdale College, it must be made if we are to reach as many citizens and elected officials, including our Members of Congress, as possible during 2014.
ACTION STEP #3: Please forward this email to friends and family and encourage them to enroll in "Constitution 101."
With your help, Hillsdale College is dedicated to returning the U. S. Constitution to its rightful place at the center of American political life.
If our republic does not reverse course, we may not be able to reclaim the liberty that has been lost, and we will lose the liberty we still have.
Hillsdale College has accepted this challenge, and our commitment to making "Constitution 101" available to citizens nationwide is proof. But we need your help to make this possible . . .
You know, before coming to Hillsdale, I often wondered how a small liberal arts college in rural southern Michigan could, as Ronald Reagan once described it, "cast such a long shadow."
The answer is simple. It can be found in adherence to our motto: Pursuing Truth and Defending Liberty since 1844. This phrase defines the purpose of the College, and gives life to the education we provide our students - and potentially all Americans!
That commitment has made it possible for Hillsdale to accomplish what many considered unachievable for a school of our size, including:
- Proudly publishing Imprimis, a no-cost monthly speech digest that promotes liberty, for 42 consecutive years - now with a circulation of more than 2.7 million subscribers;
- Educating our students independent of any and all government taxpayer subsidy - even in the form of grants and loans; and
- Establishing our Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in the heart of Washington, D.C. One of its chief purposes is educational outreach to our elected officials and their staffs on the principles of American constitutionalism.
Hillsdale College has worked tirelessly to safeguard the principles of liberty by educating citizens about the Constitution.
And Hillsdale has done it all without ONE PENNY of taxpayer subsidy. In order to protect the integrity of its mission and prevent intrusive government regulation, Hillsdale College accepts no taxpayer funding whatsoever. We are proud to remain steadfast in this policy at a time when almost every other institution of "higher learning" is increasingly dependent on government support.
Thank you for supporting the mission of Hillsdale College. Before I close, I would like to ask you please to consider honoring Hillsdale with a special gift to support the vital work of Hillsdale College at such an important time in our nation's history.
Your generosity at this critical time will not just help underwrite the cost of making "Constitution 101" available nationwide. It will also support all the other ways that Hillsdale College educates Americans to be defenders of liberty and self-government.
MY GIFT FOR YOU
Remember, if your tax-deductible donation is $100 or more, I will send you a copy of the book used by our students in their one-semester course on the Constitution - The U.S. Constitution: A Reader.
This exhaustive, 790-page volume was compiled by our Politics Department faculty at Hillsdale. It is a remarkable collection of our primary source documents including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers as well famous speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan and much more.
If your gift is $500 or more, you become eligible to have your name (or the name of a loved one you would like recognize) engraved on a brick on the Liberty Walk located on the Hillsdale campus.
But even a gift of $25 will help ensure that Hillsdale can continue to reach millions with the message of liberty via Imprimis . . . educate our elected officials and their staffs at our Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship . . . run Hillsdale-sponsored events and lectures in cities all across America . . . and continue to educate the next generation of leaders without federal or state government subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants and loans.
Your gift helps make it all possible. And for that I am eternally grateful.
For liberty to prevail, Americans must come to understand and defend the Constitution.
And they must do so urgently.
Please help Hillsdale College educate citizens on how to revive the Constitution and preserve America's tradition of individual liberty and limited government.
Thank you for supporting Hillsdale College.
Yours for liberty,
Dr. Larry P. Arnn
P.S. PLEASE REMEMBER to do these three important things:
- Enroll NOW in our new "Constitution 101: the Meaning and History of the Constitution" online course, which begins on February 24, 2014.
- Make the most generous tax-deductible contribution you can afford. And remember, as thanks for your gift of $100 or more, you will receive a copy of the book used by our students in their one-semester course on the Constitution - The U.S. Constitution: A Reader.
- Forward this email to any of your friends or family who you think would enjoy Constitution 101 or forward this email to any elected official you believe could benefit from Hillsdale's Constitution 101 course.