Does Bill Clinton Confuse Nationalism with Patriotism?

Or Was He Trying To Spread Fear?

When former president Bill Clinton recently addressed attendees at an event held at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC, he, basically, warned the U.S., Britain, France and others that several countries are “trying to have a pan-national movement to institutionalize separatism and division within national borders all over the world.”

Bald Eagle and a flagClinton claims that these countries are actively involved in an “identity crisis” due to practicing nationalism, or a nation-state status, neglecting other countries in the world.  If, indeed countries are practicing nationalism that may be true.  One definition of nationalism is “The belief that nations will benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, emphasizing national rather than international goals.”

Perhaps in other countries that may be true. However, in the US, it is not “We the people” practicing nationalism, it is Patriotism, which means “devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country.”  Patriots will defend to their death the safety and defense of their country, just as our Founding Fathers did.

Thus, he may have confused nationalism with patriotism, at least as far as the United States is concerned. Then again, he might have been trying to spread fear.  He also said, “It always comes down to two things – are we going to live in an us and them world, or a world that we live in together?  If you got that, in every age and time, the challenges we face can be resolved in a way to keep us going forward instead of taking us to the edge of destruction.”

Simply because Patriots want to live in a safe country does not mean that they cannot live in peace with other countries.  And, being a Patriot does not mean that international challenges cannot be resolved to keep the world moving forward.

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Scott D Welch is the COO of IC Liberty Films LLC, the production company of the historic educational and entertaining movie In Search of Liberty.

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Why We Must Teach the US Constitution in Schools

Happy little boy, pupil with book on headSince its inception in 1787, the US Constitution has been a guiding light for generations of American citizens. It is the blueprint of this great nation. The Founding Fathers took painstaking efforts to create this Supreme Law of the Land that protects the security, freedom and prosperity of WE the People.

But our beloved Constitution is under attack from those who apologize for this nation being the greatest and most powerful in the world.  New generations of Americans are not being enlightened about the true importance of our country’s founding documents.  By teaching about the US Constitution in schools, we will help protect and uphold our values, rights and freedoms.

Teaching the Constitution in schools is the Law.

In 2004, a bill was signed that made it law to teach the US Constitution in federally funded schools.  It is the legal obligation of those schools to provide students with programs that open their eyes to the importance of the Constitution in their everyday lives.  If it is taught properly, students can understand the true meaning of their rights and the vital constitutional amendments that protect those rights.

But teaching the Constitution in schools as the framers intended it, without biased interpretations, is the key.  Too often, professors and educators insert their personal ideological viewpoints when presenting the Constitution to students.

The United States Depends on Proper Constitution Education in Schools

How free would we be without our Constitution?  How would our government operate without it?  These questions should be answered with education programs not only on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, but every day of the school year.

Our youth must learn and truly understand how amazing this nation is.  Thomas Jefferson said: “Enlighten the people and tyranny and oppression will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”

George Washington said:  “…what duty more pressing…than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”  The Founding Fathers agreed:  the youth of America must learn about the document that makes their success possible.

It is the People Who Preserve Our Constitutional Rights

As times change, one thing should remain certain: the guarantee of our inalienable rights as free citizens.  Our rights are not assigned to us, they belong to us.  These rights are based on natural laws.  They are inherent to the human experience and apply to every American.

Certain politicians have forgotten and ignored how the US Constitution protects our rights every day.  It is only through teaching in schools that We the People can ensure our children (and we ourselves) know the principles of liberty and prosperity.  It is through education we take our freedom into our own hands.

George Washington said: “The People are [the Constitution’s] only keepers.”

The heart of the Constitution and the United States is… The People.  Power belongs in the hands of the people, not the government.  The more school students understand the US Constitution, the more they understand what Congress can and cannot do, and the more they understand when laws are unconstitutional and how to fight them, just like our Founding Fathers would have done.

The US Constitution is more than a piece of paper.  Together with the Declaration of Independence, it is the pillar of our nation, standing free from the oppression and tyranny of any ruling class, including our own government.  Not only does it protect our national sovereignty, religious freedom, and right to free speech, it also guarantees the complete and total freedom of every citizen, both now and in the future.

It is everyone’s right to receive constitutional teaching in our schools.

Today, our nation faces great challenges from within. Help bring the US Constitution back into the hearts and minds of young Americans.  Take a stand and help ensure our country’s freedom for generations to come.

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