As you know, the Declaration of Independence set forth the principle that â€śall men are created equalâ€ť and â€śendowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,â€ť including â€ślife, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.â€ť The Constitution, then, erected a government designed to secure those rights.
Hillsdale College is working to keep this good and true storyâ€”the story at the heart of our nationâ€™s greatnessâ€”alive in the minds of all Americans.
Doing so, Hillsdale has had to fight for its own independence. Four decades ago, federal bureaucrats asserted that, because Hillsdale students used federal grants and loans to pay their college expenses, Hillsdale was subject to federal regulations that would undermine its mission.
Hillsdale did not buckle. It told its students they could no longer take money from the government. It set about replacing that student financial aid with private donations. And to this day we refuse to accept EVEN ONE PENNY of government funds.
This frees us to play a major role in teaching Americans about the Constitution. One way we do this, in addition to teaching our students here on campus, is through our free online courses on the Constitution available to citizens nationwide.
In addition, Hillsdale has expanded its educational mission to the nationâ€™s capital, where it offers programs on the Constitution to opinion leaders and policymakers, including members of Congress and their staff.
It does this through Hillsdaleâ€™s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, located on Capitol Hill. The Kirby Center is an increasingly vibrant hub of educational activities, and there is increasing interest in Washington in learning what the Constitution requires and how to work our way back to limited government.
I invite you to learn more about this â€śbeachhead for libertyâ€ť in the heart of Washington D.C. I also invite you to partner with Hillsdale by supporting our independence and the work it makes possibleâ€”including our educational outreach at the Kirby Center.
Because we take no taxpayer money, we need generous support from Americans who believe in the cause of liberty. And to expand our work in 2018, we need to raise $2,000,000 by midnight December 31. Iâ€™ve included a secure link for you to support our work here: https://secure.hillsdale.edu/independence.
Thank you for your dedication to our country and to civic education.