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 “I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.”
Education is a critical piece in the puzzle of democracy. Democracy is, after all, a system of government whereby the people have a say in the system ruling their state. How can we do this without first understanding it and the issues under its governance?
 
Listed below are five EAGLE steps toward becoming an engaged and active participant in the democratic system of these United States. 
 
 
Education  
Assure the right of parents, not the government, to choose and guide the education of their children; promote literacy; oppose teaching "social justice" i.e. redistributing the wealth and oppose curriculum based on false evidence.  Read the monthly Education Reporter published by Eagle Forum.
 Action
Working to restore decency and morality in our state and nation; informing people on legislation and issues affecting the family.
Get Informed
Read the monthly Phyllis Schlafly Report. 
Attend Eagle Council (annual conference in September).
Interested and conservative Collegians apply to attend the annual summer Collegian Summit in Washington DC.  Check websites often:  www.eagleforum.org.   Sign up for our eAlerts via email.
 
Leading for Liberty
Protecting our U.S. Constitution and our Constitutional liberties; protecting our Free Enterprise System and American sovereignty; upholding private property rights.
Effectively
Creating a network of grassroots conservatives building relationships with elected officials; taking a stand today for our tomorrow!
 
 
 
But remember, it doesn’t end here. At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin what type of government they had created for America. He responded, “A republic, ma’am, if you can keep it.” 
This republic is one of liberty, but it’s up to you to keep it alive. Don’t let this opportunity go to waste. Take action now. 

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 Constitutional Coalition

  
10 STEPS FOR FREEDOM

 

Most Americans are ignorant of the real dangers to our American freedom, the real solutions, and the right change, but once they understand the dangers and their causes and solutions, they CAN bring about the right change.
 
The Constitutional Coalition has come up with a very practical 10 Step plan for you and your friends to help rebuild an understanding of America's foundations of freedom.  We use 5 action items 5 Films to further educate you about the issues we are most concerned about and then give you ideas of how you can continue to stay informed, inform others, and to take action which =  Freedom!
 
We invite you to visit our website to learn more about this very practical plan at www.10stepsforfreedom.com.
 

  

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If you will commit to taking an active part in the 10 Steps for Freedom program, we will offer it to you at an introductory rate of $49.00. (Includes 5 films and study/discussion questions).
 

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 Now let's talk about some of the critical issues at hand, beginning with one we don't hear about very often: judicial supremacy. Though the judicial branch of government is supposed to be the toothless division designated purely for determining the constitutionality of issues brought before them, they have gone far beyond that. In "The Supremacists," a book by Phyllis Schlafly, we can learn how the "blind" system of justice is really an activists interest group bent on interpreting what they view as an ever-changing document. That same document is the very Constitution we rely on to keep our country glued together, and yet in the last 50 years, we've seen little else but a continuous trampling of that essential document. Schlafly writes: 

 "An Embarrassment for Supremacists

The judicial supremacists like to cite Marbury v. Madison because it is just too embarrassing to cite the case that really started judicial supremacy: Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857), the first case in which the Supreme Court tried to expand its power over other branches of government. It was for many reasons one of the most disastrous court decisions in history.

Dred Scott was a black slave who traveled to free territories and then sued for his freedom. Instead of simply deciding the controversy, the Supreme Court handed down an aggressively activist, judicially supremacist, pro-slavery decision. It dismissed Dred Scott’s complaint, saying that he didn’t even have the right to be a plaintiff in a lawsuit: blacks "had no rights which the white man was bound to respect," and even the free blacks in the Northern states didn’t have the right to be citizens. The Court declared unconstitutional the federal law, passed in 1820 as part of the Missouri Compromise, forbidding slavery in most of the Western territories. It was only the second federal law in history declared unconstitutional.

The Constitution limits the jurisdiction of the federal courts to "cases and controversies." Federal courts are not supposed to give advisory opinions about issues that are not before them as a case or controversy. Dred Scott is a good example of the Court trying to decide issues that were not necessary to its decision, and the Court ended up causing gross injustices. Abraham Lincoln refused to accept that the Supreme Court could set public policy, and he endured much criticism for attacking the Dred Scott decision. But Lincoln was absolutely correct in identifying not only the intrinsic wrongness of the decision, but also its terrible consequences in upsetting our form of government.

In his First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1861), Lincoln admitted that the Supreme Court decision was personally binding on plaintiff Dred Scott, but Lincoln expressed the hope that its "evil effect" would be "limited to that particular case, with the chance that it may be overruled and never become a precedent for other cases." In other words, Lincoln accepted judicial review as binding in the case, but he rejected judicial supremacy-the notion that the Supreme Court was supreme in creating new laws for the nation-because that would abolish self-government and submit us to the rule of judges. Lincoln identified the evil of judicial supremacy: "If the policy of the government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made in ordinary litigation between parties in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal."

Precisely. Lincoln agreed that the Supreme Court could decide the fate of Dred Scott. But he rejected the notion that an "eminent tribunal" should be allowed to make public policy. That would mean submitting to the rule of judicial supremacists rather than to the Constitution and the rule of law.

Lincoln defied the Dred Scott opinion by issuing passports to blacks and otherwise treating them as citizens, and he signed legislation to place limits on slavery in the Western territories. The Dred Scott decision exacerbated the conflict over efforts to restrict slavery and pushed our country toward a terrible war to correct the injustice wrought by the power-grabbing Supreme Court.

Unfortunately, later generations forgot the principles of our Constitution that Lincoln so clearly understood. It’s time we listened to his wisdom.

Anyone who thinks that we need judicial supremacy to protect the rights of minorities must accept that judicial supremacists gave us the injustice of the Dred Scott decision. Anyone who thinks we need judicial supremacists to protect civil rights should remember George Washington’s warning that we should permit the Constitution to be amended only in the way that the Constitution provides: "Let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed."

Judicial supremacy is a creeping shadow. It's like the water the frog sat in on the stove top. The water felt cool at first, but because its temperature rose so gradually he never realized the deadly heat until he was boiling to death. Don't let the Constitution - or our rights - be boiled to death. Learn what judicial supremacy is and learn how you can fight it. Read more in Phyllis Schlafly's book, "The Supremacists." 

 

  
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