National Unity Rests On Pillars Of Principle

Pillars representing five styles of architecture

by Oletta Branstiter Unity rests on the strength of our Principles. When I teach Our Nation’s Foundations to 5th and 6th graders, I create a huge graphic on a Library wall that includes metaphorical representations of our Republic. My purpose is to portray our nation’s government founded on solid ground and strong ideological support. My hope is that these lessons will inspire unity on those principles so that the next generation will work to restore our Constitutional Republic.   The bottom layer of Bedrock represents the Natural Law of our…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Six: National Security

Service Members salute flag

by Oletta Branstiter Second Purpose of Government After protecting our rights, what is the most important thing a government should do? The Constitution says that our Federal Government should spend money from taxpayers to protect our nation – especially its borders. They realized that our land has vast resources that other countries might want to take by force. So, an Army, Navy, National Guard, Air Force, and any other armed services should be well-funded to protect us and our national interests. Our fourth pillar of principle is National Security. Add…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Five: Personal Responsibility

Faith, Hope, Charity stones

by Oletta Branstiter Personal Responsibility Now, it’s time to consider Personal Responsibility. This is our third pillar of principle. Duplicate your pillars to make a third. Let students add note cards with summarized information from this lesson. Our Founders and Framers knew that no government ruled by We the People could be successful unless every person took responsibility for his or her own actions. Be accountable for your own decisions. Have family rules that benefit the entire family unit. Be a good neighbor – a valuable citizen in your local…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Four: Individual Liberty

Lady Liberty and U.S. Flag

Individual Liberty Our nation’s Founders and Framers of the Constitution wanted people to make decisions for their own lives. They wanted the most liberty possible while respecting the rights of others. Remember, the pillars we’re erecting atop the Rule of Law should represent eternal principles that will strongly support our system of government. The first pillar of principle was Limited Government.  The next pillar of principle is just as vital for strengthening a Republic designed to protect our liberties. Our next pillar is Individual Liberty. Create another pillar to erect…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Three: Limited Government and Bill of Rights

Senator Kerry looks at copy of Bill of Rights

by Oletta Branstiter Now that we have laid a solid foundation of Unalienable Rights and Rule of Law, we can start building our government with more detail. But we need to agree on the most important ideas and priorities. These will be ideals or principles that never change. Unchanging Principles Immediately following the Constitutional Convention in 1787, a citizen named Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Without hesitating, Franklin responded,  “A republic, if you can keep it.” Laws and policies and…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – The Constitution Lesson Two: Rule of Law

gavel and block

by Oletta Branstiter Rule of Law Once the bedrock is found, a builder will lay a solid foundation.  Our Founders and Framers of the Constitution called it the Rule of Law.  They were sick and tired of the whims of the selfish and power-hungry King George.   The government of the new United States of America would have laws for everyone to follow- the rich, the poor, the powerful, and the weak.  They insisted on a Constitutional Republic – one that had written laws that guaranteed justice for all. Democracy…

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