“Our country’s like a car broken down at the side of the road. You open up the hood and see that all the hoses and wires have been slashed. You don’t know why; you don’t know how. . . all you know is they are inoperable. So, you simply change drivers, hoping that this will fix the problem. The same goes for our contry. Today, we need mechanics, not new drivers.” [paraphrased] -KrisAnne Hall
If we’re ever to get out of the mired, tangled, dirty mess stewing in Washington, we need someone who understands the inner workings of our nation’s foundation–“a mechanic,” as opposed to yet another face placed at the helm of a broken down heap.
To be sure, our nation isn’t a broken down heap. Remember, a wonderful car won’t move an inch if its inner workings have been slashed; if the lifeblood it needs to survive can’t reach the motor. Such is the state of affairs in our country. For years, certain factions within our nation have attempted to cleverly dismantle, shove aside, or shred entirely the Constitution; the very building blocks that unleashed the freest nation on earth.
The arguments are legion. “It isn’t relevant because it was written by old white men,” or “It was written by slave owners, therefore it must be flawed,” or my personal favorite, “How could men who lived 250 years ago possibly understand the intricacies of today’s modern society?”
KrisAnne Hall, a former assistant state attorney (FL), was fired for teaching the Constitution and its rich history to Tea Party groups on her own time. Her then-employer gave her a ultimatum- either quit teaching to Tea Party groups (which were “racist,” in the eyes of her employer), or you’re fired. In a bold move many would find hard to do, she chose the latter. Today, after having won her federal lawsuit against her employer, she goes around the country, teaching for hours on end. . . for free.
This past Saturday, the North Metro Tea Party Patriots led by Jack Rogers, and flanked by local conservative talk show hosts Benjamin Kruse and Jack Tomczak of The Late Debate, were honored to host Ms. Hall at Blaine High School for one of her famed five-hour Constitutional seminars. The five hours flew, as she systematically dismantled the arguments so often propagated by the American Left, and brilliantly portrayed the Constitution’s vibrant thousand-year (yes, thousand-year!) history without so much as a teleprompter in sight. A few glances at a note card; a quick peek at a binder and her smartphone. . . these were all the prompts she needed as she seamlessly spoke her way through a history most have never been taught.
Pastor Brad Brandon gives the invocation
North Metro Tea Party Patriots’ Jack Rogers
Jack and Ben of The Late Debate
(All photos courtesy of the North Metro Tea Party Patriots)
Would it surprise you to discover that hardly a concept in the Bill of Rights was “new”? Would it surprise you to discover that the problems the Founders faced and addressed with the Constitution were scarcely novelties? And, as Ms. Hall points out, liberty was not invented in their generation-they simply learned from their history and avoided its mistakes, while gleaning from its highest points. Our Constitution has an “English Family Tree” nourished by the understanding Natural Law, and the precepts of a Judeo-Christian world-view, and it was this genius set into motion in the form of a document by a few providential men, that unlocked a free nation unlike any other.
While many excellent points were made (as she does in fact pack approximately four years of collegiate level study of the Constitution and its history into just five hours), the overriding theme was simple- our Constitution is NOT a living document, and was not “created on a whim.”
Beginning in 1066 just before William I, she traces the Constitution’s genealogy all the way through to George III, whereupon the Founders we all know and admire come on to the scene.
She traces the concept of participatory government, due process, taxation without representation, Congressional (Parliamentary) authority to draft law, religious liberty, freedom of speech, and many other concepts that emerged from the struggles and difficulties of generations past. From England in 1066 to King John and the Magna Carta; from King Charles and the Petition of Rights in 1628 to King James II and the Glorious Revolution of 1689–each fight for liberty studiously observed by our Founders, and from which such important concepts as the aforementioned are gleaned.
She teaches that if the document had no heritage; no foundation in past victories- then we can certainly assume that a document which emerged simply from the imaginations of a few 18th century men could very well indeed be a fundamentally flawed document. This isn’t, however, the case.
This isn’t to say that the Founders weren’t an exceptional group of men. Ms. Hall notes that a fairly small percentage of the colonists actively stepped forward to participate in this revolution, and of these those who openly signed their name to the Declaration of Independence were even fewer. Thus it was indeed providential that the group of men were able to get together and agree upon precisely which portions of English history to focus. They were also, contrary to what modern day history books tell you, God-fearing men. It was this understanding of the hand of God in the rights of mankind coupled with the Founders’ expansive knowledge of their own heritage’s successes and failures that produced the wildly successful document we know as the U.S. Constitution. Ms. Hall reminded the crowd of Benjamin Franklin’s sage words:
“In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor. I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?” (July 28th, 1787)
Just imagine for a moment, that the same argument that plagues our nation today plagued it in 1787. Today it is often said that the Constitution can’t possibly be relevant because it’s nearly 250 years old. That is tantamount to those in the Founders’ day rejecting the ideas the Founders included because they were “700 years old.”
Liberty wasn’t invented in the generation of the Founders. Nor was it invented in the days of William I in 1066 or Charles I in 1628, for mankind does not “invent” liberty. Our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are bestowed upon us by our Creator, not a king; not a president. Liberty does, however, require that mankind constantly guard it from such evil and oppressive leadership. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”
We don’t need new ideas. We need a mechanic who can effectively put back into motion the ones we already have.
To learn more about the genealogy of our Constitution from start to finish, please visit KrisAnne Hall’s website at www.krisannehall.com where you can access her books, and DVD sets of her presentations.
19 thoughts on “KrisAnne Hall: The Genealogy of the Constitution”
Thanks for this excellent summary, Mary!
Your excellent article rightly directs us through the consideration of the length and the progress of the history of the search for liberty and freedom. Can we then conclude that the U. S. Constitution was a pinnacle and a climax of that journey for all mankind? If so, by natural law (what goes up must come down), are we now to expect a reversal of this pendulum of human events as inevitable? Without intervention from the hand of God, my answer is yes; but I hope that it is not so. Please convince me otherwise.
I think it was definitely a high point in liberty’s trajectory. After all, when you look at each and every portion of England’s history that fed into the Constitution. . . it certainly couldn’t have happened sooner than it did (from each mistake was a lesson!) but I don’t believe it’s to say that such a burst of liberty could never happen again. Right now, I do think we are certainly on a downswing. After all, history shows us that most superpowers peak at a few hundred years. . . and that’s about where we’re at. As a nation we’ve gotten comfortable, and as you well know from your years of working with local school boards, the Left has been hard at work in our schools for generations now, quietly subverting the Constitution that made us great.
I’ll always remember something that my brother told me after he returned from Iraq- he said, (paraphrased) “Mary- they were “freed” over in Iraq, but none of them knew what to do with their freedom, much less how to defend it. They’ll soon fall back under someone’s thumb again. But here, in the United States, we KNOW what freedom feels like. If it’s taken away, we’ll fight.”
I think that we’ve certainly reached the point where we could easily lose many of our freedoms; we’ve already lost quite a bit of them with the growth our federal government has experienced over the last 20 years or so. That said, there’s quite a few people in this country willing to stand up and do something about it. As KrisAnne Hall pointed out, only about 3% of the colonies’ overall population actually stood up and did something about the British. And yet- they won. She noted that each time throughout England’s history where a group of people stood up to defend freedom, they won. Yes, they fell back under oppressive rule again and again, but each time they learned how to avoid what brought them down the time before. The question for us is simple- can we learn from the mistakes that are leading us up to where we’re about to fall?
And I should also note- you’re absolutely correct about the hand of God. YES, the Founders came up with such a brilliant document because they had learned from the history of their ancestors, but they succeeded first and foremost because they called upon God to guide them. We’ve been spitting in God’s face for quite some time now. . . I have to believe at some point God will stop blessing our nation. . . no? My prayer is always that of Abraham’s as he pleaded with God over Sodom and Gomorrah. He asked God to spare it if He found a certain number of righteous people there. You and I both know that only Lot’s family was left. . . and thus God did destroy the cities. However- He allowed Lot and his family to escape and begin anew. That’s my prayer- that either God would spare us for the sake of the righteous, or that He would bring us through the storm.
Amen to that. He (Jesus) will bring us through the storm eventually to Heaven. But until then, I was thinking of some place closer like Texas or New Zealand. Let me know where you and your freedom loving generation go. I will follow.
Oh believe me. . . we’ve definitely got Texas on the mind 😉
Mary – what a great piece that does gather the essence of the event and the content. Thank you for writing it. – Jack
You’re very welcome, Jack! Thank YOU for getting this event together. Many, many people went away on Saturday much more informed than when they came in!!
This is a wonderful article on our Constitution! It is the truth that we need to teach to our children and grandchildren. They will never learn this in our schools today.
Instead of teaching the truth in our Government Public Schools they have Bill Ayers as the Keynote Speaker at the National Teachers Convention. What a disgrace.
My only hope and prayer for this world is Devine Intervention.
God Bless Your Work,
Classic Mother Goose
Isn’t it sad? Isn’t it terrible that our children will more likely learn Ayers than they will our Founders, and the Constitution?? I’ve always found the NEA to be a disgrace, and even more so now. What an absolute shame.
Thanks Bev 🙂 As always, you and Bruce are such wonderful encouragers!
The teaching of the US Constitution and our government should be taught in every school and every grad level. Thanks for writing a wonderful article on the teaching of the US Constitution by Kris Anne Hall and the importance of those lessons.
–God Bless America and God Bless the Repulbic
I absolutely agree. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if KrisAnne’s method of teaching the Constitution was how all school children had to learn it? What a different country this would be.
This is a wonderful article about the importance of teaching about the US Constitution and should be done by every school at every grade level. KrisAnne Hall does a very thorough teaching on the subject and is great to teach it to everyone.
God Bless America and God Bless the Republic
I’m thrilled that you liked it. Please keep supporting KrisAnne and her wonderful work!
I am sorry that I missed the seminar. Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful synopsis. Keep spreading the word!
So glad you found it beneficial!
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I love the way you described the condition our Country is in. I am in the process of having Kris Anne come to our area this October 25, 2014 to teach on the “Roots of Liberty”. I also have been writing column pieces and Letter to the Editor for the past 6 months and hopefully have opened up a few eyes but not sure. I live in a small town and just this past weekend submitted a couple of Letters to Editors in 2 other cities and plan to expand my “What Difference Does It Make”. I believe that we need to Take A Stand and try to turn this Country back to what our God planned for this Country along with our Founding Fathers perspective of what this Great Nation was to be. The only way to do this is by asking forgiveness from our Heavenly Father, then Take up His Armor and take action by electing leaders with a Faith, Family and Freedom mentality and understand that it takes God’s guidance to run a Free Country.
I hope that you will continue to write not only in your blog but send your words out to any media and let us Take our Country back. God Bless you.