Kimber Academy recently sponsored a meeting with special guest speaker, Michael P. Farris – a nationally known constitutional litigator. Dr. Farris asserts that Article V contains a provision giving power to the states to bypass congress in an effort to restore the constitution. This provision is a timely gift from our Founders and their great foresight. (See website: www.conventionofstates.com and www.selfgovern.org ) He also articulated the dangers inherent in “unenlightened citizens” which strikes at the heart of the message our students delivered at the meeting. Without question, our Founders anticipated the consequences of an uneducated electorate and cautioned us that a time such as today would come. Our students shared the following quotations:
“An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.” ~ John Adams
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” ~ James Madison
“Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.” ~ James Wilson
Dr. Farris exemplifies the adage that knowledge is power which enabled him to fearlessly speak with power and authority. Kimber Academy is positioned to equip the rising generation with an arsenal of information to help them effectively fight the battles of their day. Our training is available through our sister organization called the Thomas Jefferson Center for Constitutional Studies and is not only for our students and their families but also for the community. (See these websites: www.thomasjeffersoncenter.com and www.gjkacademy.com.)
We will always have the enemies of freedom among us; hence, Thomas Jefferson’s warning that “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”
Over a hundred years ago a small segment of society began to call the Constitution outmoded for modern times. They began to sow seeds of doubt in the hearts of the people by discrediting the Founders and perpetrating lies about their moral character. However, holy writ brings to mind that you can’t get bad fruit from a good tree or good fruit from a bad tree.
The Founders enlisted the word of God as their guide. Forty-seven percent of their speeches quoted the Bible and 80% of these speeches included principles of good government found in Deuteronomy and Exodus. Again, our students quoted the Founders with regard to the importance of moral character:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” ~John Adams
“Without morals a republic cannot subsist on any length of time.” ~ Charles Carroll
“We may look up to armies for our defense, but virtue is our best security.” ~ Samuel Adams
Our presentation at the tea party meeting was based on a CD called “A Tale of Two Constitutions” which states that the document we have today does not represent the original intent of our Founders. When congress passed the 14th amendment, they changed the whole intent of the Bill of Rights making it the first infraction on states’ rights.
Before the 16th amendment, there was no federal income tax. The federal government received taxes through the states to protect the privacy and money of individuals. The states decided from what source these funds would come. But, after congress passed the 16th amendment, they gave power to the federal government to tax the people directly.
The 17th amendment destroyed the check of the states over the federal government because Senators were no longer appointed by state legislatures but were elected by popular vote. We then lost the avenue that served the interest of the States.
The 25th amendment paved the way for someone who is not elected by the people to become president.
These changes represent the evolution of our Constitution and are responsible for the out of control federal government we have today. Remember that these latter amendments supersede all that went before and each succeeding president takes his oath of office to that Constitution.
The Constitution to which our first 16 presidents took their oath of office listed assignments that were limited and few. The Constitution to which our leaders take their oath today practically gives them unlimited power and does not represent the original intent of our Founders.
How can we heal the Constitution? The same way it was altered – through the amendment process available to the people in article 5. With faith, hope and trust in God, we can reclaim that which rightfully belongs to us!
Kimber Academy is a K – 12 private school rapidly growing throughout the United States. Its unique curriculum is designed to help students learn at their own pace in an environment reminiscent of the one-room schoolhouse. Their progress is tracked every 90 days through a national testing center.
Our goals are to help students develop a love of learning, gain academic proficiency in 5 core subjects, increase in the knowledge of how to be taught by the Spirit of God, and cultivate a desire to meet the academic and spiritual objectives directed by their parents.
Religion and morality are an integral part of the students’ every day experience. Each day begins with a devotional organized and delegated by a student officer to include a hymn, prayer, pledge of allegiance, and a thought from the scriptures. In collaboration with parents we provide opportunities for the students to serve God, family and country.
A vital part of our education is focused on the wisdom of our Founding Fathers and the blessings of the Constitution – a document they believed to be divinely inspired of God. There is ample evidence of God’s hand in the building of America. This places a sacred responsibility upon us to prepare our youth as key players in restoring and preserving the Constitution.
For more information about Glenn J. Kimber Academy contact the Owner/Administrator – Denise Calton at 804-909-0922 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Located at 8400 Meadowbridge Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.