Many Americans complain about the loss of freedom in our country today, but Hillsdale College is actually DOING something about it. If you value your liberty, please read Dr. Larry Arnn's letter below to find out how to get a copy of his insightful book, Liberty and Learning. I highly recommend it!
Since the 2008 election, the executive branch and Congress have moved with alarming speed to put more and more of our lives under government control.
Whether the issue is government-run health care ... the government takeover of auto companies and other private businesses ... or more government control over the environment, I need not remind you of the dire consequences this kind of statism poses for America's treasured liberty.
That's one reason Hillsdale College wants to dramatically expand the circulation of IMPRIMIS - America's foremost digest of liberty - to 3 MILLION readers. I believe spreading the message of freedom far and wide is the best way to counteract the message of bureaucratic despotism that millions of Americans hear daily from our current crop of political leaders.
A special edition of my book, Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education, has just been published. And you can have a copy!
It's yours when you order your no-cost IMPRIMIS subscription, fill out the 2010 IMPRIMIS Survey and make a donation of at least $35 to help Hillsdale College in our efforts to teach the Constitution to millions around the country.
So please complete the 2010 IMPRIMIS Surveyright now, while you're thinking about it. I estimate it will take less than five minutes of your time, and you may influence what millions of other freedom-loving Americans will read in future issues of IMPRIMIS.
Your answers will be shared with every member of the IMPRIMIS staff as they plan for next year's publications.
One thing of which I am certain: As government becomes ever larger and ever more unconstitutional, now is not the time to moan and wring our hands. Instead, it is time to ...
RECLAIM THE CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC ESTABLISHED BY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS!
At Hillsdale College, we are obligated to take a stand! But to stop government expansion into areas where it doesn't belong, we need true patriots who will champion a cause larger than themselves. We need citizens like you who ...
KNOW that the Founders established a republic where ultimate authority resides outside the government, with the people; where citizens are responsible for their own lives; and where there is equal opportunity, not forced outcomes;
KNOW that the limits imposed on our government by the Constitution are just as important as its enumerated powers;
KNOW that government was never meant to be an expansive bureaucracy that regulates our everyday lives; and
KNOW that the "nanny state" cannot solve our nation's ills. What it will do, however, is erode the self-governing character of the American people.
THE ROAD FROM FREEDOM TO DESPOTISM IS OFTEN PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS.
Most of us desire to have gainful employment, own a home, and have access to outstanding health care. But these are not God-given rights. Neither is it the responsibility of government to provide them.
In our free society, the Constitution protects our equal opportunity to provide these blessings to ourselves and to our families without being hindered by government.
Sadly, the lure of the "nanny state" is blinding many Americans to the perils of allowing government to favor some over others, redistributing wealth rather than ensuring equal opportunity to all. Because of this increasing blindness, our country is now at a stage where ...
THE LOSS OF OUR LIBERTY IS AN ACTUAL POSSIBILITY!
Will we sit idly by and watch our liberty taken away? NO! We must stand up and demand that our representatives respect our right to liberty. Together we can return our country to the Constitution!
To accomplish this, we must immediately lift the veil of ignorance that is leading our nation down a pathway to "soft despotism."
Much of the oppressive political correctness, distorted sense of history, disregard for individual rights, and lust for power evident in Washington today has sprouted from seeds planted in America's colleges and universities.
Unfortunately, too many of our country's politicians, journalists, attorneys, professors, high school teachers, clergy, and other gatekeepers of our society were educated in schools that either do not teach the American heritage, or teach it in a way that undermines it.
As you'll discover in my book, Liberty and Learning, the state of higher education in America today is a far cry from what the Founders intended. You can get your copy here.
While education has always been revered in our nation, it was never intended to be hostile to the American heritage. Yet on many campuses today, political indoctrination has replaced open intellectual discourse, and ideas are evaluated not on their merits, but on their agreement with "progressive" ideology.
STUDENTS ARE NO LONGER TAUGHT HOW TO THINK, BUT WHAT TO THINK!
If we are to survive as a free and prosperous nation, we must teach the principles of liberty to all Americans, especially:
STUDENTS, who will be a new generation of leaders steeped in the wisdom of America's Founders and the Constitution.
OUR NATIONAL LEADERS, in the importance of limited government to individual liberty.
ALL CITIZENS, who must study and understand the timeless principles of liberty so they have the tools necessary to actively participate in our Constitutional republic.
To have a direct and immediate influence on our nation's future, Hillsdale College has opened the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship on Capitol Hill. The Kirby Center is already having a noticeable impact.
Congressional staffers, journalists, educators, and government officials are now turning to the Kirby Center for knowledge about how the Constitution has been undermined, and how it can be revived.
Through meetings and seminars, including the First Principles on First Fridays lecture series, these policy makers and opinion leaders are being educated in the history and nature of the Progressive attacks on the Constitution.
Contrary to what many of their critics are saying, those who are leading our country toward this bureaucratic despotism are not evil. Rather, they have been taught to believe that the Constitution is an impediment to their view of progress.
Hillsdale College counters this false ideology with truth, teaching that what Progressives define as progress is not progress at all. Rather, it is a return to the kind of despotism our forefathers fought to escape.
However, the main battle for American liberty will not be fought in Washington. It will be decided in the cities and towns across our great country. If we are to revive our nation, we must reach everyday Americans - not just the Washington elite.
That's why Hillsdale sends IMPRIMIS - America's foremost digest of liberty- at no-cost to anyone who wants it. But we need your financial support, so Hillsdale can reach 3 million IMPRIMIS subscribers.
As you may or may not know, Hillsdale College accepts no federal or state taxpayer funding-and never will. It refuses even to allow its students to take federal grants or loans, replacing this money with privately-funded student aid. Hillsdale takes this stand because it believes federal funding of education is unconstitutional and because with government money comes government regulation. Only by preserving our independence can we remain free of government control.
We depend entirely on the generosity of defenders of liberty such as yourself for our funding. It is your gifts, and your gifts alone, that make it possible for us to keep tuition affordable for our students and fund all of our educational outreach programs aimed at safeguarding the Constitution and reviving the principles of liberty both in Washington, D.C. and in the hearts and minds of our students.
In these troubled times, Hillsdale is determined, for the good of our nation, to increase IMPRIMIS readership to 3 MILLION. The cost to provide IMPRIMIS at no-cost to an additional 1.1 MILLION readers? Approximately $174,000 per month - or $2,090,000 a year - a huge financial commitment far beyond our budget right now. That's why I am writing you today.
Unless more Americans champion the cause of liberty and arm themselves with the kind of knowledge found in the pages of IMPRIMIS, we will not be able to regain control of our government from the bureaucrats and return it to the people, to whom it rightfully belongs.
Will you, on behalf of your fellow citizens and for the cause of American constitutionalism, help Hillsdale shine a light in the darkness? A timely gift of $35 from you would help us offset the cost of reaching our 3-million subscriber goal.
Thanks to Mark Levin, who has launched our campaign on his radio program, we are well on our way to reaching 1.1 MILLION new subscribers.
YOUR SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR CAMPAIGN TO RECLAIM AMERICAN LIBERTY!
Won't you join Mark, as well as Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and other prominent, freedom-loving friends of Hillsdale, and get IMPRIMIS into your hands and the hands of more Americans? Remember, an informed citizen will never become a subject to a bureaucratic tyranny.
Would you help us reach our 3 million-subscriber goal by subscribing and making a much-needed tax-deductible donation to Hillsdale College of $35 or more? With your gift of $35 or more, I will make sure you ...
GET A COPY OF MY BOOK, LIBERTY AND LEARNING: THE EVOLUTION OF AMERICAN EDUCATION!
Your comments will be shared with our editorial staff as they launch their project to expand our circulation.
Remember, now is the time to take a stand for liberty. Don't just talk about the problems facing our nation. Help Hillsdale College educate today's and tomorrow's leaders! Together we can save our liberty before it is lost forever.
With best regards,
Dr. Larry P. Arnn President, Hillsdale College
P.S. The Constitution is under assault from our own government. That's why we're offering the antidote -- a no-cost subscription to IMPRIMIS. You'll be joining the 1.9 Million who already read IMPRIMIS.
When you order your no-cost subscription, I ask that you also complete the 2010 IMPRIMIS Survey to help us tailor the magazine to include more of what you want to see.