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Building Blocks for Liberty

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Why does

the US Constitution Matter?

What We Do

Building Blocks for Liberty is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the U.S. Constitution by teaching the importance of this historical document that governs our nation.

Our Mission

Teach people how to read and understand the Constitution for themselves with many of the tools the founders provided.

Our Passion

Host Constitution Boot Camps that give people the ability to understand and apply the US Constitution to all facets of government.

Our Target Market

Our target market is young people from Middle School age through College. We believe providing these tools to young people is critical.

Join Us

We are always looking for volunteers to help organize or staff events. All those passionate about the Constitution are welcome.

Who Founded this Org?

Marines Jim Lewis and John Hindery combined their love of history and education of the US Constitution to form Building Blocks for Liberty.

Who Goes to Bootcamp?

Students, Teachers, Law Enforcement officials, Government officials and anyone who wants a refresher on the Constitution.

Your Support Is Needed

We operate on donations from those who believe the Constitution and founding principles are worth preserving. We hope you’ll consider a tax deductible donation to our 501C3. Without your support, we wouldn’t exist.

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Events

We are pleased to announce the following events in which you can participate.

Founding Timeline

Explore some of the key moments and events that have helped shape the course of US political and constitutional development.

September 1787

A Constitutional Republic

At a Constitutional Convention in 1787, delegates devised a plan for a federal government with three branches—executive, legislative and judicial—along with a system of checks and balances to ensure no single branch would have too much power. The Bill of Rights added 10 amendments which specifically listed protections for things such as freedom of speech, religion, bearing arms and variety of other potential government over-reaches. In a most revolutionary way, this document formed a Republic which fundamentally limited government’s power and protected our natural rights.

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October 1781

The War for Independence

Skirmishes between British troops and colonial militiamen in April 1775 kicked off the conflict in Massachusetts. By the following summer, the rebels were waging a full-scale war for their independence across most of the Eastern seaboard. At a disadvantage in every strategic sense, George Washington and his Generals were forced to retreat a number of times, surviving just long enough to earn a few key victories and secure much needed French assistance.

After years of hard fought battles, starvation and even disease, Washington and the Continental Army forced the British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781. Americans had effectively won their independence, though fighting would not formally end until 1783.

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July 1776

Declaration of Independence

After years of Britain violating a variety of individual rights, representatives of the 13 colonies in America decided they’d had enough. They drafted a document to clarify reasons the American colonies were seceding from Britain and publicly announced the separation. With this Declaration, the founders committed treason and incited war with the world’s dominant super power.

Most importantly, the Declaration of Independence summarized a philosophical approach to life and government rooted in the defense of individual rights. It was an incredibly radical statement for any group to make, and it became the inspiration for the American War for Independence, Constitution and the United States that followed after years of battle.

Here is that world changing text.

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Start of Constitutional Convention

1787

Delegates at the Convention

55

Year All States Ratified

1790

Latest Posts

News, headlines and great articles from a variety of sources.

The Court Should Tear Down Everson, Not the Maryland Cross

by David Upham Nearly a century ago, the State of Maryland permitted a group of citizens to establish a memorial cross for veterans of World War I on property owned and maintained by th

Covetousness and Inequality

by James R. Rogers The argument over wealth in the U.S. quickly morphed with the Democratic takeover of the House and the start of the Democratic presidential nomination campaign. It’

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What Would the Impartial Spectator Do?

by Joseph Knippenberg Every spring, I have the great good fortune of reading and discussing Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments with a captive (i.e., general education) audience o

Helping the Poor Versus Reducing Inequality

by Mike Rappaport There is so much talk these days about the importance of reducing income or wealth inequality. But to me, reducing such inequality is at best something of secondary im

The Supremacy Clause Smackdown: Good Morning Liberty 02-13-19

The supremacy clause is one of the most misunderstood and abused provisions in the Constitution. Nearly everyone will tell you the clause means the federal government is absolutely supr