Note to Wolf: I hope it’s okay to post this now. There are several great articles today and I’m a day late. If it’s inconvenient, just post it at the right time.
Let’s start with a little gallows humor:
As we have watched the unfolding drama of the subversion of our country, its Constitution and the attack on President Trump, it becomes imperative that Americans wrest back the governance of our nation. The cabal of globalists, Communists, Progressives, whatever you want to call them, are not going to stop. We must stop THEM.
This means on the local and state levels, too. Just look at the criminal activities of the Democrat governors, who are exploiting the #Plannedemic in order to exercise despotic control of their citizens. And to be honest, some Republicans have also implemented some very questionable orders.
The face of tyranny can look like a middle-aged matron. But don’t be fooled, a power-hungry, leftist political mind lives in there. And she/he is legion, as Mr. Jefferson Smith of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington fame found when he went to D.C. in the famous film (link below).
Mobile testing units are being deployed and HR6666 has been introduced in Congress. A mobile testing unit was deployed in my county, and only 20 people showed up to be tested. Can you blame anyone? Who would want to be subject to forced quarantine or isolation? Who would want your children forcibly removed from your home? Who would want the government to have your medical information given over to them to use as they please?
Anyone else stunned at the openness, the nonchalance with which they took away our rights?
Oh, we’re going to protect and insist upon our God-given, Constitutional rights! We’re going to kick their sorry butts to next Tuesday by being proactive. We’re going to learn and relearn about our federal, state, and local governments. We’re going to check out what our politicians are up to, and why so many of them cravenly caved to the dictates of the state and local nannies.
This week we’re going to look at DVD and online video resources to teach ourselves and our loved ones about our civic rights. I might throw in a couple other interesting things, too. I’m going to start off with Hillsdale College. I’ve featured them previously (see below for links to previous resources), and the free courses they offer online are stellar. They are a go-to for high school, college and any adult.
Their latest publication, Imprimis, has a thought-provoking article by Hillsdale College President, Larry P. Arnn, titled “Thoughts on the Current Crisis.” Arnn gives a little history about the CDC, which was created in 1942. From the article:
“But by the 2000s, the CDC, like most executive agencies, had become largely independent of political control and lost its focus. It had widened its work to include chronic diseases and addictions, nutrition, school health, injuries, and – a telltale sign of ideological corruption and mission creep – racial and ethnic approaches to community health. It is a logical fact that if you favor some people you must disfavor others.”
Do read the whole thing.
No resource is perfect. Be sure to read reviews and use your best judgment. I found that if I disagreed with something in the curriculum, it provided a great opportunity for my students to discuss why.
The luxury of sitting back and letting others fight for our freedom is over. Even if all we can do is share resources and point others in the right direction, that is a BIG SOMETHING. Planting a seed can result in a mighty oak.
“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, so that my child may have peace.”
Social media has been bandying about this quote from Thomas Paine (video link). May it inspire us to keep on going. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but maybe something here can be of help to someone you know. Now on to the resources:
A Noble Experiment: High school (advanced) program. Uses many primary source documents, meets national guidelines for civics courses.
Constitutional Literacy: A complete video course (5 DVDs, 25 episodes) that covers a lot of ground. For individuals and families (does have some content you should screen for children).
Learn Our History: Ages 6-14 video curriculum. From Gov. Mike Huckabee! Many DVDs in this series to choose from.
Drive Through History America: Ages 6 and up. Incorporates history, government, citizenship and more.
Super Citizen: A Hands-on Way to Teach Liberty: Grades 1 and 2, lessons in civics, financial responsibility, character and the great American story.
How to Run for Political Office – An Introduction to Civics, Elections & the American Political System: For middle school and high school. A fun look at the foibles of running for office as a third party candidate. Can stream for free if you have Amazon Prime.
Just the Facts: America’s Documents of Freedom 1798-1814 DVD: Grades 7 and above. Looks at the documents from early in our history. University educators share their insights.
Constitution USA: High school and above documentary; an on-the-road look at how the Constitution is understood across the USA.
Civics and the Constitution: DVD for high school and above. Includes ways our government has circumvented the Constitution.
American Icons: The Capitol, The White House, and the Supreme Court (C-SPAN): Expensive, but looks fantastic.
Understanding Government: DVDs for teens on how it all works.
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington: Just the best film on American idealism and how Washington is a corrupt cesspool of power players. Family viewing!
Online Video Resources:
Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics: Very much a crash course, lots of episodes, trends liberal, but funny and irreverent. PBS derived. Lots of students use this for AP course study. Do vet the episodes.
Do You Understand the Electoral College: Prager U has many short, short videos giving quick explanations for a myriad of governmental and cultural issues. Subscribe to their YouTube channel (often censored), or sign up at their website for free: PragerU.
Learn Out Loud is a website that provides links to many government video courses. They are free, and I would suggest vetting them first before sharing them. The site includes 50,000 books, podcasts and videos on a plethora of subjects.
Now here is a very interesting slightly off topic resource, True or False, A CIA Analyst’s Guide To Spotting Fake News, that I found the other day. It is written by an ex-C_A analyst, which perked my ears right up. What do you suppose this geared-to-teens book is all about? Do you think we could take it at face value? I’m a skeptic.
Next time, I’m going to talk about how grandparents, aunties, uncles and friends can share Civics and help parents teach this desperately needed subject. Uh, MAGA Mom, calling you!
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