Reviving the Constitution in an Age of Arrogance and Apathy
Report by Betty Sakai
David J. Bobb has a Ph.D. in political science. He is the Director of Kirby Center and a lecturer in politics at Hillsdale College. From 2001 to 2010 Dr. Bobb was the founding Director of Hillsdale’s Hoagland Center for Teacher Excellence.
On April 2th, Dr. Bobb spoke to a standing room only crowd of over 300 people in an event jointly hosted by Hillsdale College and the Forum. Speaking on the enduring principals of the Constitution, Dr. Bobb exampled George Washington’s humility and insistence that the community must be involved in upholding civil society. One positive example of an institution making a difference today, he noted, are the charter schools. He called on Conservatives to not message, not to simply outreach but get involved directly with other people, the way Progressives so ably do, to help others find ways to get off welfare and to find a reason to understand politics and the Constitution.
Most Americans love their country but suffer from low information. He cited the need for Conservatives to address the root causes of others’ disinterest in politics, such as crony capitalism. He emphasized the need to not ignore nor replace the Constitution but to understand it. Citing Progressive professors in colleges and law schools who argue that the Constitution is outdated and too complex, he disagreed and pointed to the failure of all three branches of the federal government—each with equal parity-- to responsibly uphold it. His lecture was peppered with personal anecdotes and lively descriptions of the Progressive mind, the lack of common sense and fiscal sanity in Washington D.C. and in states such as California that is today $127 billion into a negative net worth. In conclusion, Dr. Bobb stated we must never suppose the best way is to start over. We must get involved and always exhibit humility.
After receiving a standing ovation as a testament to how well he was received, Dr. Bobb engaged in a lively Q&A session.
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