About the author: Linda McKinney

I'm an Air Force Brat who married an Air Force Brat who was in the Air Force for twenty-plus years. I bleed Air Force blue. I've been married to him for over thirty-five years. I saw him through binoculars when I was fifteen (he was eighteen) and God told me we'd marry. We have two grown sons. I have four passions: God, America, my family and guns (in that order). I'm an amateur photographer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindymck), an artist, a poet and writer (http://spacecoastconservative.blogspot.com/), and I'm determined to help return America to what the Founding Fathers intended her to be!

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  • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

    CORRECTION I’m out of town after writing this article in a hurry. My apologies. I went by faulty memory and used 2/3 as the census number for slaves. It is actually 3/5 and the Constitution does not delineate race of the slave — just slave status.

    Again my apologies.

    Posted via cell phone

  • Bo Perrin

    Linda, good thoughts. I am former AF. If I might I would also add that either before or in sync with a study of the Constitution we need to reeducate the American people about the Declaration. The Declaration is our Charter and the Constitution the bylaws. The bylaws must be enacted according to the Charter and our Charter describes the moral basis for how the America and the government is to operate publicly. The founders were very clear. If America has problems it is because of the lack of virtue in the leaders the people appointed. We must restore virtue and if we restore virtue we will elect statesmen who will allow themselves to be chained by the Constitution. Just some thoughts.

    • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

      Some EXCELLENT thoughts! I agree and endorse them!

  • James Maxwell

    This article highlights a problem in America and our school system that has existed for
    a long time. The education system has filed American and future generations of
    American by their failure to teach Civics, American History and the America Constitution,
    Amendments and Bill of Rights. This is key to saving our nation is the education of
    the children from K thru 12 and even in College. Far to long we have let the liberals
    teach a distorted view of America and American History, this must be stopped and
    parents need to be more informed and educates as to what the school curriculum is.
    In recent years we have see lies being taught thru the teachers plans that are contrary
    to the actual facts of our history. As a result we have uninformed or misinformed
    people entering the work force and spewing forth the lies they were taught in
    school. This has resulted in disharmony among Americans and laws being passed
    that do not address the real concerns of our nation by people with a special political

  • 2War Abn Vet

    Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35, January 10, 1963
    Current Communist Goals
    17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
    It certainly appears that they required only a few decades to destroy this nation’s education system.

  • Doc

    Do we blame the schools or the parents? We all know the unionized teachers are radical and unAmerican but we send our children to their schools. We turn a blind eye to the lies and propaganda so you tell me; who is guilty of ignoring the Constitution? Teach your children. No one else is, or should be, responsible for whether your children are good citizens and Americans.

    • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

      We blame BOTH. The schools are responsible because they choose the curriculum and they are responsible for deciding what to teach. We blame the parents because they have not stayed active in keeping an eye on the schools, have not attended the school board meetings, have not watched their children’s school assignments to see what their children are being taught.

  • marineh2ominer

    To accomplish that you will first have to fire all the progressive indoctrinators in our indoctrination centers , in which case we would be down to about fifty teachers nationwide .

    • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

      Ain’t it the truth?

  • Frank W Brown

    If you don’t homeschool your children, then don’t cry when they don’t turn out the way you thought they would! Public schools are indoctrination centers for your kids, go audit their classes and SEE what crap they’re putting in your kids heads.

    • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

      That’s IF the school system will “allow” you onto the campus to audit a class. Most won’t allow that nowadays.

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.fox.98892 Benjamin Fox

    Those who give up freedom for safety, deserve neither, so says one of the founders and he was right. Impeach any representatives who want to repeal any part of the Constitution as they are your enemies and new slave owners on the government plantation of all races and colors, where you learn to say Master May I?

  • Conservative Karen

    I am about to publish a book for elementary school students on why America is a special country. I will be doing it thru. Blurb. If interested in seeing it, write me at conservativecorner@gmail.com. I also have produced for 5 years a 6 day a week compilation of hard to find news. I send via email after stopping my site at conservativecorner-karen.blogspot.com. Email me if you want to receive it =- for free.

  • ImAPatriot2

    Linda, I find quite interesting your passionate call for a return to the Constitution as the founding fathers intended it to be. You realize of course that the 19th Amendment was not part of the original Constitution, right? And surely, since you are so familiar with it, you realize that Article III WAS part of the original Constitution, don’t you??

    • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

      Yes, I realize both.

      Since I am a woman I should NOT support the U.S. Constitution as originally written (Bill of Rights [first ten Amendments] included); including that women didn’t get the vote in the original document? YOU — and others — would be appalled at my answer. Which is: If you look back at the history of America, the decline and descent of America began when women got the vote. Since America is my second passion (after GOD), I think that it’s possible that America could have been better off if that had never happened. Perhaps we could have maintained our Conservative leanings longer, or prevented the sissification of America for decades longer if women had not gotten the vote when they had. Perhaps we could have stayed Conservative into the 1960s when women were ridiculous and burned their bras and went nutso for “free love” and no responsibility and abortion became the norm instead of an extremely hateful and vile choice.

      Article III — I realize that it was part of the original document; so?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ann.macomber.7 Ann Macomber

    That’s why, for the 3rd summer. we have taught a week long Constitution Camp for kids 2-6th grade here in Colorado Springs. The kids love it and really understand what is going on with our Constitution, the Founding Fathers and the revolutionary War period. We thank the founder and supporter, Glenn Beck for having put up the $$$ for our first curriculum. We’ve expanded that and involved parents in classes now too. It’s a great week. http://www.912PPP.com.

  • Texas Tanker

    All is not completely lost in the world of academia, just darn near it! One of my professors in pursuit of a master of public administration degree (MPA) carried a pocket copy of the Constitution in his shirt pocket. He encouraged all of the fledgling public servants to read it, carry a copy on their person as a touchstone, and to constantly remember that the basis for all legitimate government was in it. He was, however, the ONLY one who did so.
    I was at least 15 to 20 years older than most of my classmates. My pursuit of the MPA came after a military career where I entered as a private and retired as a captain. I was already very cognizant of the Constitution and the history associated with it. Sadly, many of our elected officials do not take their oath of office seriously. The oath I took almost 40 years ago is the same one that they take on entering into their office. Part of that oath reads: “I do solemnly swear that I will protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, both foreign and domestic…..”
    The military oath includes “following the orders of the President of the United States and the officers appointed over me.” There is a limit to this in that the courts have held that no service member has the obligation to follow illegal orders. This was in reaction to the “I was just following orders” defense mounted after the atrocities in World War II and reinforced after the My Lai massacre. THAT is something the current administration should remember.

    • Ruger S Redhawk

      Thank You for your Service and Excellent post!

  • Abby

    Great article. What we need are parents who encourage and train their children to stand up in school and silence the propagandist teachers who try deceive the minds of the non-thinking students sitting in front of them.

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