The ideals set forth in the Declaration of Independence built the foundation of our country and The Constitution established its blueprint or plan. It recalls a popular game where focus, intentionality, and precision are key to ensuring the “structure” does not collapse. In Jenga, as players remove and rearrange each block, the structure weakens. Inevitably, the whole thing comes crashing down.
The stability of our country requires this same focus, intentionality, and precision as well. Each time the governed consent to the rule of an authoritarian stricture, the structure weakens. Each time citizens give up their rights or censor themselves from speaking the truth, the structure weakens yet more. And every generation that comes out of our public school system in America without a solid understanding and appreciation of our founding, the structure grows yet closer to collapse.
There are those who believe that our country needs to be gutted and remodeled. Others believe that the original “building plans” just need to be revisited, reread, and studied so the structure can be restored to its original design and beauty. There are organizations actively working to ensure that students today are taught a complete history of our country so they can develop a full appreciation of its exceptional creation and progress. 1776 Unites is one such organization and is worthy of praise for its curriculum and advocacy.
Restoration is possible. Our very wise founding fathers ensured that when they drafted those documents. We can begin by strengthening the building blocks in our own homes with our children and grandchildren. Books created by the Tuttle Twins, Heroes of Liberty, and BraveBooks can help cultivate an understanding and love of the principles our country was founded on. We can continue by getting engaged in our community and government, living out those principles to continue the effort of creating a more perfect union. We can succeed by ensuring the next generation receives quality education, not indoctrination, in our public schools that are funded by American tax dollars.
Our country has a solid foundation that has grown weak. We have what we need to restore it and it begins with education.