A N N O U N C E M E N T
An Internet Course On
AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
HENRY MARK HOLZER
Brooklyn Law School
Like many other Americans, I am deeply concerned about our nationâ€™s future.
The Weekly Standard of December 21, 2009, reports that â€œa survey commissioned by the American Revolution Centerâ€ found that â€œwhen it came to a simple test of knowledge about the founding [of the United States of America], nearly 83 percent of . . . Americans failed.â€
In the face of this woeful ignorance, the Constitution of the United States of America is under an unprecedented attack by Barack Obama and his runaway Democrat Party, aided and abetted by the complicit mainstream media.
Yet with a few notable exceptions there is hardly any knowledgeable defense of our founding document to be found anywhere.
Not on radio or television. Not in the press. Not at the grassroots. Certainly not in academia. Nor, sadly, among most Republicans, Conservatives and even Libertarians. Most of the Mediaâ€™s â€œinstant,â€ pontificating constitutional experts, especially those on national television, do more harm than good because they spread disinformation that is neither knowledgeable nor principled.
While many â€œtea partyâ€ activists and other patriots are valiantly trying to fight for core constitutional values, theyâ€™re disarmed because they have been taught little about American constitutional law. The fact is that everyone fighting for America today, in order to defend the Constitution, must know the answers to countless crucial questions.
Just a few examples:
Â· Can Congress constitutionally require Americans to buy medical insurance?
Â· Did Congress lack the constitutional power to give a lame-duck, unelected treasury secretary unchecked and unsupervised power to dispense a trillion dollars of taxpayer money?
Â· Does Obama have the constitutional power to appoint unaccountable â€œczarsâ€ to rule over virtually every aspect of our lives?
Â· How was a bare majority of the Supreme Court able to usurp constitutional control over Americaâ€™s national security and the â€œWar on Terrorismâ€ from President George W. Bush?
Â· Why do even supporters of Roe v. Wadeâ€™s result admit that, as constitutional law, the decision is indefensible?
Â· What turned the Constitution into a â€œlivingâ€ document that can mean anything Earl Warren, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor feel it should mean?
Â· Is the â€œfairness doctrineâ€â€”which could kill conservative talk radio programs, like Rush Limbaughâ€”a violation of the Constitutionâ€™s First Amendment?
Â· Are American citizens about to be stripped of their constitutional â€œright to bear armsâ€?
Â· What are â€œunenumeratedâ€ constitutional rights, and why have they never been recognized?
Â· Can racial quotas ever be eliminated entirely?
Â· Where does the Constitution say that convicts are entitled to law libraries?
The answers to these and scores of other questions about Americaâ€™s Constitution will, for good or ill, determine much about the future of the United States of our nation.
Those who are committed to fighting for that future must acquire a basic understanding of the Constitution’s origins and birth, its written text, the manner in which it has been deliberately violated, and the consequences of how it has been misinterpreted by collectivists and statists.