We the Future Depends on Reconstituting America

by Oletta Branstiter

I don’t always win contests, but when I do, I like to brag about it.

Especially this one. Because it’s not really about me.

It’s about the future of our Republic.

In October of 2016, I received an email push from Constituting America, promoting their organization’s We the Future Contest.

I had just finished polishing up my Our Nation’s Foundations lessons that I present every other year in the public intermediate school where I serve as Library Specialist, so the pdf was freshly updated and saved. Considering the work that this fine organization does, I decided to go ahead and enter the Best Teacher Lesson Plan contest, in the hopes that my efforts would at least be seen by those who promote Constitutional studies. I filled out the online form and attached my document. Then, I promptly forgot about it.

On February 1, 2017, I received another email from Constituting America, founded by actress and patriot Janine Turner and fellow patriot Cathy Gillespie, congratulating me on winning the contest! At the end of April, I received a large box of goodies including a hat, a bumper sticker, a framed certificate of award, an inscribed acrylic paperweight defining my accomplishment, and three books.

While still in her teens, Janine’s daughter, Juliette wrote and published two excellent resources for students: Our Constitution Rocks! and Our Presidents Rock! She has recently accepted the position as Executive Director for Constituting America to promote patriotism.

On May 4, I received the promised monetary prize of $2,000!

The best reward is knowing that my efforts will be promoted far beyond the confines of my Library. My hope is that many teachers, librarians, parents and church leaders will utilize the lesson plan that demonstrates Our Nation’s Foundations by creating a giant graphic on a wall. The poster would depict the Bedrock of Natural Law that guarantees our Unalienable Rights, the foundational layer honoring the Rule of Law by displaying the original 17 federal laws in our Constitution.  It would also include the five Pillars of Principle:

  • Limited Government,
  • Individual Liberty,
  • Personal Responsibility,
  • National Security and
  • Private Enterprise, supporting our 3 Separate but Equal Branches of Government: Executive Branch, Judicial Branch, and the Legislative Branch.

Here is the pdf that won 2016 We the Future contest: Our Nation’s Foundations. Feel free to use it!

Here is a video of my PowerPoint, for older students and adults:

Constituting America was founded by actress Janine Turner and patriot Cathy Gillespie. From their website:

“The mission of Constituting America is to utilize new and innovative means to reach, educate and inform America’s citizens and youth about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights.”

This organization encourages patriots of all ages to enter their contests to learn and promote Constitutional education by offering impressive prizes for the winners.  As a Librarian, I recommend that you visit their website and “check it out”.

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