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As we have talked with people over the last couple years – usually in the setting of facilitating a constitution class - there is a common question that comes up.  The more we learn about the original intent of our founding fathers, the more we learn about how our form of government is supposed to work, the more we find out how messed up...

R.E.C.I.P.E. for Saving America

When I hear the word "Recipe", I tend to think of my Grandma's kitchen when I was a child. She would work in there for hours until all the goodness was ready and then the whole family would enjoy! The ironic thing, is even though the word "Recipe" evokes those memories, she never really used the recipe. She already knew how everything worked. She...

Little Johnny’s Dollars

     If you’re a parent, you know that feeling you get when your child has been too quiet for too long.  At some point, something clicks in your mind, and you realize you have had several minutes of uninterrupted silence…  that’s not normal…  what’s wrong?  One day, a tired, young mom had this sensation.  Where was Johnny?  She hadn’t heard from...

The Value of the Constitution

I’ve heard a story of a grandfather who gave his granddaughter an old, dusty car that had been in his barn for years.  She was appreciative but didn’t really need a car, and she certainly wasn’t interested in the work of trying to restore the car, so she thought she would sell it.  Someone took a very quick look at it and told her it was old,...

Born to be a Car Thief

     As Morris stepped on the gas pedal, the sleek, beautiful Ferrari leaped into the night.  He had done this many times before but never lost his enthusiasm for the way exotic sports cars accelerated so effortlessly and handled so beautifully.  As he turned off the freeway, he headed up the winding back road that...

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What Can I Do?

What Can I Do?

As we have talked with people over the last couple years – usually in the setting of facilitating a constitution class - there is a common question that comes up.  The more we learn about the original intent ...

R.E.C.I.P.E. for Saving America

R.E.C.I.P.E. for Saving America

When I hear the word "Recipe", I tend to think of my Grandma's kitchen when I was a child. She would work in there for hours until all the goodness was ready and then the whole family would enjoy! The ironic ...

Little Johnny’s Dollars

Little Johnny’s Dollars

     If you’re a parent, you know that feeling you get when your child has been too quiet for too long.  At some point, something clicks in your mind, and you realize you have had several minutes of uninterrupted ...

The Value of the Constitution

The Value of the Constitution

I’ve heard a story of a grandfather who gave his granddaughter an old, dusty car that had been in his barn for years.  She was appreciative but didn’t really need a car, and she certainly wasn’t interested in the ...

Born to be a Car Thief

Born to be a Car Thief

     As Morris stepped on the gas pedal, the sleek, beautiful Ferrari leaped into the night.  He had done this many times before but never lost his enthusiasm for the way exotic sports cars ...

Convention of States- Is it a Good Idea?

Convention of States- Is it a Good Idea?

In Federalist #45 of the Federalist Papers, James Madison, regarded as the Father of our Constitution, said, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those ...

Article 5- The Two Ways to Amend the Constitution

Article 5- The Two Ways to Amend the Constitution

When someone opposes something that I love or believe in, I sometimes find that I want to react on the defensive.  I may only have a partial understanding of what the other person is saying, but if I’m not careful, ...

The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation

In July 1776, a new nation was born.  She was (and still is) a nation like no other.  Her birth was a direct result of the diligent study and courageous action of generations of Godly men of the previous ...

Strengthen the Family through Reading (and a Free Audio Book!)

Strengthen the Family through Reading (and a Free Audio Book!)

Have you ever been sitting in your living room or around the kitchen table and the conversation turns to a book you've recently read? Have you heard children trying to talk over each other as they excitedly tell ...

The Murder of Limited Government

The Murder of Limited Government

It is all too painfully familiar.  Once again, our nation is reeling from a mass murder event.  Once again, we mourn the loss of innocent life.  Once again, we hear the stories and see the pictures ...

Does Free Speech Still Exist in America?

Does Free Speech Still Exist in America?

As an entrepreneurial young American, imagine you are going to open a hot dog stand.  You make elaborate plans of how you will bring hot dogs to the park on the beautiful summer days around lunch time where ...

How to Do More than Just Vote

How to Do More than Just Vote

This past week I received an email newsletter from iVoterGuide. When I read it, I knew immediately that this fit in exactly with the goal of the Action Steps series here at Patriot's Hope. Pay attention to what ...

Family Jurisdiction and Government Overreach

Family Jurisdiction and Government Overreach

“Let me show you my room, Daddy!”  The young boy’s eyes beamed with excitement.  He had been working on cleaning up all morning and was anxious to share the unusually good results.  His father had ...

Become a Constitution Coach

Become a Constitution Coach

“We in America do not have government by the majority – we have government by the majority who participate…  All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”-Thomas ...

What is the Significance of the Oath of Office?

What is the Significance of the Oath of Office?

Every one of us can probably recall many times when a cute little child wanted something…  maybe it was a tasty treat from the dessert table at Thanksgiving or maybe the church potluck.  Often that ...

Are “General Welfare” and “Necessary and Proper” Clauses Constitutional Exceptions to Enumerated Powers? 

Are “General Welfare” and “Necessary and Proper” Clauses Constitutional Exceptions to Enumerated Powers? 

Are there exceptions to enumerated powers? In several of our articles including, “What are Enumerated Powers”, and others, we talk much about enumerated powers.  We show how the original intent of our ...

Help Send Young Patriots to Patriot Academy Leadership Congress

Help Send Young Patriots to Patriot Academy Leadership Congress

** Update! Tuition for all three of our Leadership students has been completely covered! We are blown away and humbled by the beyond generous contributions of so many of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We ...

Can Americans Add New Enumerated Powers?

Can Americans Add New Enumerated Powers?

In our articles entitled, “What are Enumerated Powers”, and “Enumerated Powers Defined in the Constitution”, we discussed the important, American ideas of Enumerated Powers and Limited Government.  If done ...

Does the Constitution Restrict American Citizens?

Does the Constitution Restrict American Citizens?

I remember the story of a High School Valedictorian who was planning his speech for the graduation ceremony.  The school said that due to the “Constitutional” requirement of “Separation of Church and State”, ...

Merry Christmas from Patriot’s Hope

Merry Christmas from Patriot’s Hope

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ...

A Farmer’s Lesson on Holding Elected Officials Accountable

A Farmer’s Lesson on Holding Elected Officials Accountable

I have always liked stories of Davy Crockett.  As a Texan, in my mind, Davy Crockett will always be the legendary hero of the Alamo.  Later in my life, I learned he was also a Congressman from Tennessee ...

A Democracy and Why We Don’t Want It

A Democracy and Why We Don’t Want It

“Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, ...

Enumerated Powers Defined in the Constitution

Enumerated Powers Defined in the Constitution

One evening I received a call on my old, out of date cell phone from my mobile phone company offering me an amazing deal.  If I added a line to my plan, and committed to 2 more years of service, then they ...

What are “Enumerated Powers”?

What are “Enumerated Powers”?

The first few words of the Preamble of our Constitution are likely familiar to us.  Those famous words begin, “We the People of the United States…”  We may even remember a popular (and very important!) ...

Encourage Each Other in the Truth

Encourage Each Other in the Truth

Encourage is the "E" in R.E.C.I.P.E. What did you think about history class back in school?  I am willing to bet your answer to that question has much to do with how the material was presented to you.  ...

The Importance of Prayer

The Importance of Prayer

Prayer is the “P” in R.E.C.I.P.E. Since even before our founding, we have always been a nation of prayer.  Our forefathers understood that prayer was key to wisdom and God’s blessing.  During our ...

Foundational Principles of the United States- What are they?

Foundational Principles of the United States- What are they?

Many times, people will speak with confidence about what they believe to be “Foundational” principles of our nation.  They will often say those principles are the modern (false) idea of “Separation of Church ...

What is Original Intent and Does it Matter?

What is Original Intent and Does it Matter?

"Intent" is the "I" in R.E.C.I.P.E. When we say "Original Intent", we simply mean going back to what the founders originally meant when they wrote the documents upon which our nation was founded. I find it ...

The Truth is…

The Truth is…

"Correct" is the "C" in R.E.C.I.P.E. “God who gave us life gave us liberty.  And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the ...

You Can’t Defend Your Rights if You Don’t Know Your Rights

You Can’t Defend Your Rights if You Don’t Know Your Rights

"Equip" is the "E" in R.E.C.I.P.E. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, ...

Does Repentance Matter?

Does Repentance Matter?

"Repent" is the "R" in R.E.C.I.P.E. Will we Succeed as a Nation? In the winter of 1777, Benjamin Rush sat next to John Adams in Congress, and whispered to him, and asked Mr. Adams if he thought “we should ...

Why Jurisdictions Matter

Why Jurisdictions Matter

Imagine you’re having lunch at a local sandwich shop.  The County Sheriff walks in and orders a sandwich.  He proceeds to eat his lunch among the other customers.  However, when it is time to leave, ...

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