We have the greatest opportunity the world has ever seen,
as long as we remain honest — which will be as long as we
can keep the attention of our people alive. If they once
become inattentive to public affairs, you and I, and
Congress and Assemblies, judges and governors would all
become wolves. — Thomas Jefferson
Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse
of "emergency". It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and
Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor
countries of Europe, it was the cry of men striving to get
on horseback. And "emergency" became the justification of
the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency
is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains. —
Sed quis custodiet ipsos Custodes? (Who is to guard
the guardians themselves?) — Juvenal, Satires, ~120
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by Aristotle (c. 350 BCE) — Still the classic reference on the
art of public speaking and persuasive writing.
Give me six lines written by the most honourable of men,
and I will find an excuse in them to hang him. — Cardinal
In the twentieth century being "well-spoken" came to mean
speaking in such as way that you can't easily be discredited
by being quoted out of context. — Jon Roland, 1995
The Lancasterian Monitorial
System of Education — The methods of the 19th century may
offer the best hope for the 21st.
Lancasterian Society — Support private
schools using the Lancasterian Monitorial System, a method that
uses more advanced students to teach less advanced students, and
teach each at his or her own best rate.
Textbook Review — Efforts to reform the ways textbooks are
Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Review — Standards
for public school instruction and textbooks.
for the Separation of School and State — The solution for
education is getting the government out of it.
— The principles of constitutional republican government also
apply, with some adaptations, to this formative experience of
It isn't what we
don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that
ain't so. — Will Rogers.
deliberate dumbing down of america — Site for a book
by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, former Senior Policy Advisor in
the U.S. Department of Education.
In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man;
brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however,
the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a
patriot. — Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
Congressmen Weak on Constitution
— Call-in by Roland to C-SPAN with guests Sen. Howell Heflin and
Rep. Bob Inglis.
between Morris Dees and Jon Roland, Assembly at California
State University, 1999 Nov. 9 — Illustrates use of questioning
to turn an argument against someone.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who
mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the
power which knowledge gives. — James Madison,
Letter to W.T. Barry, August 4, 1822.
Audio Texts — You will usually
need to download and install a player such as Realplayer.
One of the first rules of effective communication is to
so compose the message as to anticipate all the ways it
could be misinterpreted, and minimize such
misinterpretation. This is especially important with laws,
which are messages from the past to the future. It is well
to keep in mind Murphy's Law of Lawmaking: "If it can be
misinterpreted it will be, and it will be misinterpreted
in the worst way possible." — Jon Roland, 1997
Letter to editors
Militias Against Drug Lords
— Letter to editor by Roland on militias as response to
Militias Against Terrorism —
Letter to editor by Roland on militias as response to terrorism.
Militias and Constitutional
Republics — Letter to Soldier of Fortune re:
article by James L. Pate in Feb. 1996 issue.
I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too
much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These
are false hopes, believe me, these are false hopes.
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies
there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no
constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help
it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law,
no court to save it. — Judge Learned Hand
Editors to whom letters might be sent
E-Mail Links — Compiled by the Conservative Caucus.
Includes email addresses of editors, talk shows, commentators,
and elected officials.
Directory — Fairly comprehensive directory, organized by
size and market, of newspapers and magazines.
Mills Media Addresses — Email and snailmail addresses for
most U.S. newspapers and broadcast media.
You may think the Constitution is your security -- it
is nothing but a piece of paper. You may think that the
statutes are your security --they are nothing but words in
a book. You may think the elaborate mechanism of
government is your security -- it is nothing at all unless
you have sound and uncorrupted public opinion to give life
to your Constitution, to give vitality to your statutes,
to make efficient your machinery. — Justice Charles
Literacy — Mission is to re-introduce the American public
to the basic elements of our constitutional heritage.
Stossel in the Classroom
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I
can do something. And what I can do, I will do. — D. L.
Moody (1837-99), paraphrased. Similar to saying of Edward
Everett Hale (1822-1909).
Talk Radio, Television & Webcasting
The first of these is a local database of talk radio and TV
stations and programs. The others mix talk media with other kinds,
so you will have to pick out those which can serve as outlets for
alternative news and opinion.
& TV Directory — Local archive of data,
including WWW links and email addresses, of radio and television
stations and programs that offer listener call-in, and therefore
an opportunity to promulgate information and opinion that is
ignored by the mainstream media.
Live & Let Live — Longest
running Libertarian talk show, on Austin Community Access Cable.
Webmaster is occasional host or guest. Saturday at 8:00 PM
Central Time. Webcast live
feed and partial archive. Archive
up to 02/09/2008.
Broadcasting Network — Several interview programs with
various hosts on reform topics. You will need a media player to
Philip Dru Interviews —
Collection of radio interviews of prominent opinion leaders.
More to Know Talk — Difficult to
characterize this interesting site, but worth visiting to find
out what they're up lately.
Works Radio Network — Network dedicated to champions of liberty
and constitutional compliance.
News — Extensive collection of links to WWW news sources.
Freedom Network — Alternative network for news and commentary.
Fleming's Radio Database — Radio and TV stations, both on and
off the Internet.
Links — Radio stations of all kinds on the WWW.
Stations - Eastern States
Stations - Western States
Broadcasting Links — Includes all kinds of broadcasting
stations, organizations, associations, and networks.
Talk Radio Programming — Directory of syndicated hosts and their
syndicates, but lacks links to the individual hosts.
Radio on the
Dial Pages — Published by Michael R. Lewis,
includes "dial pages" for each area that show what stations a
person visiting there would get on his dial, and unofficial WWW
pages for every radio station. Valuable effort, but in a very
early stage of construction.
Citron's South Florida Radio Pages — Directory and news.
Especially interesting is his Media Bias
Infowars — Alex Jones is a
nationally syndicated radio and access TV talk show host based
in Austin, Texas.
Jeff Davis Show — Patriot
radio and access TV talk show based in Austin, Texas.
Throughout human history mankind has always been only one
generation away from barbarism — Unknown origin.
College or postgraduate institutions
These are a few institutions which offer courses that are avoid
University of Chicago —
Hotbed of libertarian thought and research and the alma mater of
the webmaster. See their Law
College — Refuse to accept government funding to avoid the
undue influence that comes with it.
Grove City College — Refuse
to accept government funding to avoid the undue influence that
comes with it.
New Saint Andrews College —
Refuse to accept government funding to avoid the undue influence
that comes with it.
Regent University —
Christian graduate school in Virginia. Have an especially good School of Law.
Virginia Commonwealth University
— Have a proposal
for a constitutional studies program.
University — West Coast institution with a conservative
cast, especially their School
Welch University — Dedicated to providing a classical
education with a focus on American constitutional values.
— Dedicated to the study of Western law, philosophy, and the
history of Western civilization.
Homeschooling Resources — We can hardly do
justice to all the sites that have emerged, but here is a sample:
World — Popular site on the subject.
Today — Magazine devoted to the subject.
Education Magazine— Magazine devoted to the subject.
The Journal of Homeschooling Online.
Homeschool Zone— Gateway to homeschooling resources.
Texas— Focus on the Lone Star State.
— Defending the right of parents to teach their children better
than public educational systems do.
Teacher Honor Roll — Here are a few
teachers who are doing a good job of teaching constitutional
TeachWeb — George Thomson,
Nogales High School, Arizona.