As we come to the end of our 90 Day Journey Analyzing the United States Constitution, I want to join Constituting America Founder and Co-Chair Janine Turner in thanking all those who made this study possible. We thank our talented and generous constitutional scholars who participated:
Vice President for Domestic and Economic Policy
The Heritage Foundation
Steven H. Aden, Esq.
Alliance Defense Fund
Prof. Bill Allen
Michigan State University
John S. Baker
Professor of Law Emeritus
Louisiana State University Law School
Andrew Baskin, Attorney
Director of Education & Volunteers
The Constitutional Sources Project
James D. Best
Author of Tempest At Dawn
David J. Bobb, Ph.D.
Director and Lecturer in Politics
Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship
Constitutional Attorney, Liberty Institute
Instructional Design Associate, Bill of Rights Institute
Legal Commentator and a Senior Fellow with the Heartland Institute
Owner and President
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
Asst. Prof. of Law
Liberty University School of Law
Director, Marriage Law Foundation
The Dreyfuss Initiative
President, Let Freedom Ring
Vice President of Policy, Center for Competitive Politics
Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum
The Dreyfuss Initiative
Founding Director of the North Carolina History Project
Joerg W. Knipprath
Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School
David B. Kopel
Research Director, Advanced Constitutional Law
Denver University, Sturm College of Law
Quinn Gillespie and Associates
The Institute for Liberty
Alliance Defense Fund
Prof. Will Morrisey
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
Former Constitutional Law Professor, Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky
Professor Charles Rice
Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Notre Dame
Judge Jim Rogan
Superior Court of California
Author, Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College
Dr. Charles K. Rowley
Duncan Black Professor of Economics at George Mason University and General Director of The Locke Institute
Student of Political Science, Hillsdale College
Prof. Kyle Scott
Department of Political Science
University of Houston
Mr. Kelly Shackelford
President and CEO of Liberty Institute
Research Associate and Program Manager
B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies
Lawrence J. Spiwak
President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies
W. David Stedman
Editor, Our Ageless Constitution
Paul S. Teller, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives
Senior Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund
And we thank our hardworking and dedicated project director and coordinator, who spent many late nights posting essays, and organizing the various contributions: Horace Cooper and Amanda Hughes
We thank those of you who have read these essays and joined in the discussion, blogging your thoughts! We invite you to spread the word and let your friends, civic groups, and personal network know about the resources that exist on the pages of Constituting America! We invite more to join our Constitutional dialogue!
A special thank you goes to Constituting America National Youth Director, Juliette Turner, who has tirelessly interpreted these erudite essays for kids (and adults like me who need the extra help sometimes in understanding!), crafting each into “Constitutional Fun Facts”! Please check out Juliette’s Blog for Kids at: http://www.constituting.staging.wpengine.com/juliette/
But most of all, I would like to thank Constituting America Founder and Co-Chair Janine Turner who had the creative vision for this project, and whose daily energy and enthusiasm drives Constituting America!
What an undertaking to spend 90 Days studying this brilliant document, section by section, amendment by amendment, and at times clause by clause. But yet, study we must. To protect our rights and our liberties, we must first know them, and understand them.
The Constitution of the United States of America is the world’s longest surviving written charter of government. This miracle, a product of the brilliant minds of our founding fathers, rooted in their study of government, knowledge of history, and profound understanding of the nature of man, has survived because “we the people,” have cared enough for it to survive.
For 224 years, each generation of Americans has passed this torch of knowledge and liberty to the next. John Adams gave us this charge: “Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” But how can we instruct our children if we aren’t educated ourselves?
The mission of Constituting America is to help our generation pass the torch to the next, in ways that new generations of Americans can relate to, engage with, and understand! We thank you for joining us in this mission, and for your enthusiastic participation!
Co-Chair, Constituting America