Oh, the show we are all watching as players on the chessboard of this American drama play their roles! It can make your head spin trying to figure out the good guys and the bad guys.
The latest Constitutional drama unfolding regards the 10th Amendment. Alan Dershowitz, the same guy who defended President Trump during the impeachment debacle, the same guy who has flown on the Lolita Express, and who is a Constitutional Lawyer (doncha know), asserts the government has the absolute right to forcibly vaccinate every citizen.
He finds that right in the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Here’s the interview in which Dershowitz asserts his views. It’s from Crowdsourcethetruth.org and starts around 19-20 minutes in:
Dersh finds that the federal government has the right to forcibly vaccinate citizens because of the 10th Amendment? Well, find out what happened around 1976 (link below).
Have you seen this site: National Constitution Center? Oh, you will need to bookmark it and refer to it often. Such a wonderful avenue for discussion about our Constitution!
For our purposes, I will link to a short article by Gary Lawson, who clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, and Robert Schapiro, who clerked from Justice John Paul Stevens, discussing the “common interpretation of the 10th Amendment. From the article:
“The only question posed by the Tenth Amendment is whether a claimed federal power was actually delegated to the national government by the Constitution, and that question is answered by studying the enumerated powers, not by studying the Tenth Amendment. That was the understanding of the Supreme Court for nearly two centuries.”
This short article contains numerous very surprising and interesting points of history regarding the Bill of Rights, the Constitutional Convention and how various courts have interpreted the 10th Amendment.
Just me, but do I see the federal government progressively twisting the 10th Amendment to take more power than the Constitution grants it?
So, on to how we as grandparents and others can be of assistance to parents in educating the younger generation about our Constitutional rights? MAGA Mom made a fantastic comment on my last post, and I want to take a closer look at it. Frankly, I could have reproduced it here without comment. 😊
There is so much there I can hardly contain myself. Here’s a little of what I pulled out of it:
- Americana, history, government – make it a part of our daily lives
- Stop at historical sites
- Attend historical reenactments
- Watch historical films as family entertainment
- Read aloud historical fiction, non-fiction, biographies
- Share historical magazines
- American history videos for kids like Swamp Fox series, etc.
- Patriotic music…Star-Spangled Banner, Pledge of Allegiance every morning/visit
- Make Civic Holidays an important family celebration
- Talking about history as we ourselves have lived it.
There is so much here I can hardly stand it! I have grandkids most weekends. Starting this weekend, we will listen to the Star-Spangled Banner and recite the Pledge of Allegiance (need to find a little indoor flag), as well as say Grace at breakfast.
Making CIVICS AND PATRIOTISM PRESENT IN OUR OWN LIVES AND HOMES will start the ball rolling. I think I’m going to have Grandpa teach the kids how to properly fold and care for the American flag. Why didn’t I think of that before?
I had a young mom suggest the following to me, too:
- Have History and Civics in mind at gift-giving time
- Find fun History and Civics games for the kids to play
- Provide coloring books and other activities that incorporate History/Civics
- Get the PBS series, Liberty Kids
I had a few thoughts rolling around in my head, too. I think most parents would welcome someone being willing to share in educating their kids. Just make sure you are on the same page. If not and the kids are younger, I think beautiful books like the D’Aulaire books would pass muster. There is a plethora of historical fiction, too. Just do an online search.
It might be trickier with some kids, but where there’s a will there’s a way to share. I once sent a funny book about George Washington to my nephew, whose parents are very liberal. While it was funny, it shared great historical information.
I like to garden, and I ran across this quote by my favorite gardener, Charles Dowding. Referring to starting a garden for the first time, he said,
“The most successful approach is gradual, piece by piece, with continual small achievements that build confidence, interest and a great garden.”
I think the same can be said for incorporating Civics and History into our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Start small. Be humble. It’s okay to fail, too. Sometimes a book or video or activity is just a failure. The kids didn’t like it. Just go on to the next thing and don’t worry about it. Education is a journey. And sometimes I found that the kids just weren’t ready for something, but later on enjoyed what they earlier rejected.
One more thought. MAGA Mom is so right about visiting historical places and reenactments. When I was homeschooling, I was very fortunate to live in the Boston area. We had endless American history PLACES to visit, museums to go to, even the homes of some of the Founding Fathers and Revolutionary War heroes.
Every city, no matter how small, has historical places to visit. Getting to know your local history gives children a foundation to the larger context of our national history. It’s all intertwined.
I went scrambling for some resources and found a few things that might be just the ticket.
Next time I’m going to go all in for the Fourth of July! A little history and a whole lot of ideas and resources on how to celebrate this Civic Holiday. We’ve only got a few weeks to prepare!
Red, White and Blue Computer Game (Ages 10-14)
Patriotic Symbols & Memorials Activity Book – PDF Download (K through 5th grade)
American Patriot Costume for kids (different sizes. You can find a plethora of links to all kinds of historical costumes for kids.)
The Swamp Fox Series on YouTube:
Johnny Tremain video
Top Trumps Card Games (Ages 6 and up)
U.S. Constitution Coloring Book (Ages 3-9)
American Trivia Family Edition – The America Themed Family Board Game (2-8 players, ages 9 and up)
Liberty Kids Video Series (videos on YouTube):
Revolutionary War Discovery Kit (Ages 9-12)
America’s Favorite Patriotic Songs (All ages, CD or download)