#Giving Tuesday takes place tomorrow, November 29, 2016. It is an opportunity to participate in a national movement to make the holiday season about giving back to our communities and nation. It’s similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days synonymous with holiday shopping.
This #GivingTuesday, I’m asking readers of my blog to give the gift of the Constitution by supporting the non-profit I have the privilege of running, The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource).
There is an often-told story that at the end of the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was approached by a woman who asked him what sort of government the delegates had created. Franklin famously replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
To keep it, we must teach it. You cannot defend what you do not understand. And so in order for citizens to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they must first understand it.
James Wilson, a founding father from Pennsylvania, once said that “[l]aw and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.”
And, yet, countless reports and studies confirm that American citizens of all ages lack a basic understanding of our nation’s history and form of government.
Please consider donating to ConSource on #GivingTuesday to support our important work creating a comprehensive, easily searchable, fully-indexed, and freely accessible digital library of historical sources related to the creation, ratification, and amendment of the United States Constitution. Your donation will also support our educational resources and programs.
High quality life-long civics education is essential for the continued health of the American republic.
Your gift will help ConSource ensure that Americans of all ages value, in the words of Noah Webster, “the principles of virtue and of liberty,” and that we “inspire them with just and liberal ideas of government and with an inviolable attachment to their own country.”