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James Madison – “Father” of the U.S. Constitution

Said James Madison, in a letter to W.T. Barry, August 4, 1822, A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.

James Madison, Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) was an American Founding Father.  Well after he helped draw the U.S. Constitution, a service for which he is often referred to as the “Father of the Constitution” because of his extensive influence and work in its drafting, he served as the fourth President of the United States beginning in 1809 for eight years.  He was a primary contributor to the Bill of Rights and was instrumental in the writing of the Federalist Papers.  Madison is far more than early American intellectual.  If you use a search engine to find quotes by James Madison, on the subject alone, of education or knowledge, you are in for a treat.  Surprisingly, he is a much less recognizable figure by name than the likes of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and Adams to name a few.  It puzzles me that it is so considering the contributions he made.  He and Jefferson could be termed the backbone or impetus of the founding documents.

Why would Madison in effect say, America as we know it has been playing out the “prologue to a tragedy”?  Madison is not alone by any stretch in his condemnation of ignorance.  The term “low information voter” has been popularized by talk Radio mogul, Rush Limbaugh.  You can see my theme developing here.  I propose that American is in the middle of an intellectual crisis.

So just what is it that we are so ignorant of, collectively speaking, that has elicited so much concern and if it is so, how did we get there?  I have observed that certain twentieth century enemies of our country didn’t want “the people” to KNOW the constitution.  Surely they recognized that ignorant people make bad choices and that reveals the motive to dumb us down.  Hence, with great effort, over many years’ time, in the 1950’s the enemy within was finally able to wield enough influence to essentially remove the comprehensive teaching of civics or the constitution and colonial American history from the public school curriculum.  This was done by shrinking the academic time spent by our students on this subject and in time, the teaching of the foundational principles and historical underpinnings would be reduced to preposterous levels.  With the concerted effort to discredit the Founding Fathers, and the practical removal of civics from the curriculum of our public schools, over time we became less and less educated in matters of self-government.  As we became more vulnerable intellectually, we were increasingly exposed to distortions, policies and changes to our constitution that have eroded our underpinnings.  We are as it were, a ship without a rudder.  We are blown by the winds of emotion and contemporary wisdom and self-interest.

Communist – Antonio Gramsci

Many intellectuals will dismiss such assertions as these and marginalize them or attribute them to the crazed, radical ravings of right wing radicals.  The ferocity and harshness of the attacks against those of us who cry foul are in and of themselves a revelation.  Why would they be so concerned if there is no credibility to it?

Unbeknownst to a dumbed-down American people, a strategy postulated by Antonio Gramsci to defeat America has in fact, long been underway.  Gramsci (22 January 1891 – 27 April 1937), was the founding member and at one point, the leader of the Italian Communist Party.  Writer David L. Goetsch says of Gramsci,

“Most Americans have heard of Karl Marx and his plan for overthrowing democratic governments through armed revolts of the workers.  But few Americans have heard of Antonio Gramsci.  This is too bad because Gramsci is the communist philosopher who developed a theory specifically for overthrowing America.  Gramsci thought that overthrowing the United States through an armed revolt of indigenous workers was unrealistic.  He theorized that a better approach would be to undermine the culture and morality of America so that our country would destroy itself from within.

His plan was for intellectual elites to take control of colleges, universities, public schools, and the government and to use their control to destroy the America of our Founders in the name of progressivism.  Sound familiar? Gramsci called his theory ‘cultural hegemony.”

Goetsch continues, “Another tenet of Gramsci’s theory was gradualism.  He knew how Americans would react to armed insurrection by indigenous workers or anyone else.  Consequently, Gramsci recommended a slow transition first to socialism and then to communism.  The transition to socialism would be done under the guise of saving jobs during times of economic recession.  The government would take control of businesses or even whole business sectors to rescue them from bankruptcy.” (Goetsch, 2012).  Read the full text here.

Anyone remotely familiar with current events can see this at work today.  And how better to implement such a plan than to take the child from the parents, in effect and make them students of the state.  By modifying the curriculum and a host of other actions, they have “gradually” helped Gramsci’s revolution unfold.

Possession of fundamental facts such as the basis for, and the motive of our founders giving us a republic is crucial to having an informed and educated citizenry/electorate.  Clearly, Madison and other the Founding Fathers deliberately advocated education as essential to safeguard our liberties and the unalienable rights granted by “[our] Creator” which our republic protects. Because the teaching of Civics and the U.S. Constitution was almost completely removed from the curriculum of public education in the 1950’s, it is incumbent upon those of us so informed, to dutifully help inform fellow Americans.

There are increasing numbers of Americans striving to reform this breech in the curriculum of public education.  Three generations of Americans, have passed through public schools with inadequate teaching of the constitution.  I am from the second generation.  Much of that which has been purveyed in public schools has been unflattering toward the constitution or the great men who penned it under the inspiration of God.  In very deed, at times their histories have been utter fabrications by the enemies of our constitution in an orchestrated effort to discredit the founders!  This has seriously weakened but not yet destroyed America’s underpinnings (our reverence for morality, the constitution, its authors and the God who inspired them).

It is my most sincere desire that Madison and the other father’s fears of an uninformed public mind, will not be realized.  However, considering the orchestrated effort to do so it will take more than a feeble few to turn the tide.  May we turn Madison’s prologue to a farce or a tragedy into a victory for Americans!  Jefferson said, Every generation needs a new revolution.  In our case it is to return to our roots, our bedrock but this revolution is not waged with guns or steel.  It is a battle for the minds and hearts of the American people through education.  It is a battle waged with ideas and knowledge.  In this revolution, “the pen is mightier than the sword”.  “Knowledge is power” and the enemies of the constitution and our unalienable rights know it, so consider how you can join the fight.  We need to be smart.  Let us not repel people with foolish zeal but inspire people and lead them to discover the truth for themselves.  The better we do that, the more likely we are to avert the spilling of blood as our forefathers did to usurp an oppressive government.  God forbid!  Armed with that power (knowledge), we can keep America alive, because America, you’re too young to die!

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