Teaching the Constitution in Washington, D.C.

Larry P. Arnn
2017-12-06 23:28:56
Dear Mr. Feed, As you know, the Declaration of Independence set forth the principle that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” including “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Constitution, then, erected a government designed to secure those rights. Hillsdale College is working to keep this good and true story—the story at the heart of our nation’s greatness—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 (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykb4-3W5Bjd2x8c7G0dW5k8wzn81BQVLVQCk_H9k0VcgdBzP8M04 ) . 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 nation’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 Hillsdale’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 “beachhead for liberty” in the heart of Washington D.C. (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykb4-3W5Bjd2x8c7G0dW5k8wzn81BQVLVQCk_H9k0VcgdBzP8N04 ) I also invite you to partner with Hillsdale by supporting our independence and the work it makes possible—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. I’ve included a secure link for you to support our work here: info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykb4-3W5Bjd2x8c7G0dW5k8wzn81BQVLVQCk_H9k0VcgdBzP8P04 (info.hillsdale.edu/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykb4-3W5Bjd2x8c7G0dW5k8wzn81BQVLVQCk_H9k0VcgdBzP8Q04 ) . Thank you for your dedication to our country and to civic education. Warm regards, Larry P. Arnn President, Hillsdale College You are subscribed to Hillsdale College e-mails. If you'd rather not receive these, you can respond to this email, update your preferences (info.hillsdale.edu/hs/manage-preferences/unsubscribe ) , unsubscribe (info.hillsdale.edu/hs/manage-preferences/unsubscribe-all ) , or send a letter to Suite 500, 33 East College St, Hillsdale, MI 49242.
Dear Mr. Feed,

As you know, the Declaration of Independence set forth the principle that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” including “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Constitution, then, erected a government designed to secure those rights.

Hillsdale College is working to keep this good and true story—the story at the heart of our nation’s greatness—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 nation’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 Hillsdale’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 “beachhead for liberty” in the heart of Washington D.C. I also invite you to partner with Hillsdale by supporting our independence and the work it makes possible—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. I’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.

Warm regards,

Larry P. Arnn
President, Hillsdale College