Learn the meaning of the Constitution and the principles of American government in this new version of Hillsdale’s most popular course.

The United States Constitution was designed to secure the natural rights proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. Signed by Constitutional Convention delegates on September 17, 1787—Constitution Day—it was ratified by the American people and remains the most enduring and successful constitution in history. 

In this twelve-lecture course, students will examine the political theory of the American Founding and subsequent challenges to that theory throughout American history.  Topics covered in this course include: the natural rights theory of the Founding, the meaning of the Declaration and the Constitution, the crisis of the Civil War, the Progressive rejection of the Founding, and the nature and form of modern liberalism.

Join more than one million Americans who have taken a Hillsdale College “Constitution 101” online course by enrolling in this free online course today!

SOURCE: Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution

America “BEST form of government EVER offered to the WORLD”

American Minute with Bill Federer

The has been a lot of talk recently about how “bad” our country is, how bad our form of government (democratic republic) is and so on. Here is the history of one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and his take on the matter.

He was one of six founding fathers to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

President Washington appointed him to be a Justice on the Supreme Court.

His name was James Wilson...

SOURCE: Justice James Wilson America “BEST form of government EVER offered to the WORLD

Devotional Thought for Today – 09/11/21

9/11-#NEVERFORGET – 20Years Later

I clearly remember where I was and what I was doing when the Islamic terrorists perpetrated these attacks on America. Unfortunately, there is an entire generation alive today that has no first-hand recollection, some who would rewrite the history of the events, and maybe the worse some who demand we forget.

Biblically we are called to remember and render honors to the heroes of that fateful day. I have listed a number of stories related to 9/11 below ILO our usual devotional:

Memorial Day

September 11, 2001… a day that changed America forever… yet a day that made her and her citizens stand stronger and united! God bless America! And God bless all those who have shed blood and tears to help protect her!

Click here for additional details about the 20th Observance of Patriot Day including when to recognize each moment of silence, a history of the 9/11 Memorial, the displaying of the American Flag and more

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Remembering 9/11 from a Christian Worldview

Reflecting on 9-11: Timeless Wisdom from Chuck Colson

Chaplain who ministered to hundreds of families at Ground Zero reflects on God’s faithfulness

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The reckless U.S. pullout from Afghanistan puts terrorists back on offense and emboldens our other adversaries…

On 20th Anniversary of 9/11, We Regrettably Are Less Safe

A firefighter who dug through the rubble at ground zero 20 years ago recalls the horror and determination of that day.

Never Forget: A New York Firefighter Shares His 9/11 Stories

In six weeks, we let terrorists back in the game. Our president made a really, really bad choice.

Why We’re Less Safe 20 Years After 9/11

“For every person who was obese, pregnant, injured, disabled, there were four or five office workers, not cops or firemen, helping that person,” Tim Brown recalls. “It made me proud of humanity.

20 Years Later, a 9/11 Firefighter Uses His Grief to Help Others

Sister of 9/11 Pilot Has Fiery Message for Biden

American Minute with Bill Federer

September 11th — Political Islam’s Long War on West

A conservative activist who was in Washington, D.C. on the morning of 9/11 believes the situation in Afghanistan stemming from Biden’s failed leadership will continue to cause problems for America in the months and years ahead.

20 years older and just as vulnerable

For a few days in September of 2001, we remembered what it meant to be an American.

You said you wouldn’t forget — but you do over and over again

Technically speaking, the documentary is about the National September 11 Museum at the World Trade Center, but its real message is clear.

A Facebook documentary rewrites 9/11

Honor requires that we promise to reflect on the sacrifice of those who perished and those left to pick up the pieces.  

‘My daddy died’: Honoring 9/11

4 Keys to What’s Next in Afghanistan as 13 US Service Members Die in Attacks

“The Biden administration has created a massive hostage situation,” says Heritage Foundation’s Jim Phillips. “Even if the Taliban doesn’t take hostages, they will not do a lot to protect the Americans…

SOURCE: 4 Keys to What’s Next in Afghanistan as 13 US Service Members Die in Attacks

Nancy Pelosi’s grotesque behavior after the bomb in Kabul was for a reason

WATCH: Joe Biden Admits: “They Gave Me A List” of Who “I Was Instructed To Call On”

Kill list: Biden’s team hands American and Afghani names to the Taliban

Are our founding documents still relevant?

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Maybe you are like me and are tired of hearing all the rhetoric of why this country is so messed up. Maybe you are young and not so sure what makes it all that great? As Andrew McIndoe in his email to me explained, the best place to start is with the truth about our founding documents:

One of the things I also keep nearby is a copy of our founding documents like the Declaration of Independence. Every time I catch a glance of it or take time to open it up, it leads to good reflection on the timeless ideals we’re fighting to preserve.

If you’re looking for something to listen to while you relax or run some errands this weekend, I’d recommend this great Heritage Explains podcast with one of our visiting fellows, Dr. Allen Guelzo. In this episode, he explains why the Declaration is such a beautiful document that’s still relevant in today’s culture.

Let me know what you think of Dr. Guelzo’s message. What’s your favorite part of our founding documents? What do you think people can stand to learn from them today?

William Jennings Bryan Revisited

National Review on Prosecutors

Tapping Trump to run again in 2024 may seem sensible, but Trump’s downward political trajectory looks eerily like William Jennings Bryan’s.

By SEAN-MICHAEL PIGEON July 9, 2021 6:30 AM

William Jennings Bryan gave one of the most important speeches in American political development 125 years ago today — on July 9, 1896. The Nebraskan’s Cross of Gold Speechis a watershed moment in American history…


Celebrating America’s Birthday


When was America born? Was it when Jamestown was settled in 1607? When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in 1620? When the 13 colonies won the War of Independence from Great Britain in 1781? Today, revisionist historians and new progressive models claim that America was born when African slaves arrived in Virginia in 1619. While the American slave trade was tragic, immoral, and a grave human rights violation, it is inaccurate to say that the United States of America was founded on slavery…

SOURCE: Celebrating America’s Birthday

Inspiring American Stories for Your 4th of July

Every year on the Fourth—Independence Day—we remind ourselves of all that makes America what Lincoln called it, “the last best hope of earth.” This reminder is especially needful now. The Claremont Institute was founded over 40 years ago to teach Americans what it is about our country that makes it worth the last full measure of devotion. We have always thought this is the most important work in America.

On this Independence Day, I invite you to refresh your American Spirit and rededicate yourself to the American cause. Take a few minutes to listen to one or all of these stories by Claremont Institute Senior Fellow, Chris Flannery, about some of the things that make America the land we love:

1. How John Adams and Thomas Jefferson lived the spirit of 1776;  [Ep. 103]

2. Why in the course of human events, courageous men like Billy Fiske give their lives for their friends and the cause of freemen everywhere;  [Ep. 58]

3. How the Revolutionary and Founding generations did their heroic and historic part in giving us a legacy of freedom—to receive it, we need only to understand it and live up to it;  [Ep. 61]

4. Why the greatest respect Americans can show for the opinions of mankind—and the greatest benefit they can bestow upon themselves—is to continue to take responsibility for being the kind of self-governing people we invite all people to be; [Ep. 90]

5. Why George Washington, more than any of his contemporaries, was the necessary condition of American independence. [Ep. 16]

For more great stories every week, subscribe to The American Story for free on your preferred podcast platform. The American Story podcast comes out once a week, every Tuesday. Each episode is a 6-8 minute story about what makes America beautiful and worthy of love. If you’d like to learn more about these stories or how you might support them, please visit

Thanks for listening—and for sharing these stories with family, friends, and fellow patriots.

Happy Fourth!
Ryan P. WilliamsPresident

What happened on July 1st, 1776?

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“The man to whom the country is most indebted for the great measure of independence is Mr. John Adams.” That was from a delegate to the Continental Congress. But how much do you know about this influential thinker and second president of the United States? Brad Thompson, Professor of Political Science at Clemson University, tells Adams’ remarkable story.

Click here to watch.

Inside story on how the 1776 Commission refused to be canceled by Biden

1776 Commission—comprised of some of America’s most distinguished scholars and historians—has released a report presenting a definitive chronicle of the American founding, a powerful description of the effect the principles of the Declaration of Independence have had on this Nation’s history, and a dispositive rebuttal of reckless “re-education” attempts that seek to reframe American history around the idea that the United States is not an exceptional country but an evil one.

A copy of the report can be found here.

From the White House (TRUMP) Web Site


“You can abolish a commission, you can take a report off the website, but you can’t erase history,” executive director Matthew Spalding says as the panel shifts focus to states.

Despite being abolished by the Biden administration, the 1776 Commission established by President Trump to develop a patriotic education curriculum lives on.

The commission’s executive director, Matthew Spalding, told Just the News that the panel is staying operational despite losing its federal charter and shifting its focus to state and local education. A Web site and a new social media presence are forthcoming…