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Hillsdale College offers their Online Course, Constitution 101, to all Americans, free

The Hillsdale College requires all their students to take the course, Constitution 101, taught by their President and Faculty. It is an online, 10-week course beginning February 20, 2012. It is free, although donations are accepted. You can also subscribe to their publication, Imprimis, which goes to over 2 million people. When you complete the course, you can get a certificate. You can also ask questions. Would it not be good if all Ron Paul supporters had a "Constitution Diploma" from an American Institution of higher education. The Constitution should be taught to some degree in all levels of the American educational system, including elementary and secondary schools. It is not. Why not? No wonder Americans vote for candidates who do not uphold their oath to defend the Constitution. It is largely due to ignorance. This is something we can do to improve our own understanding of government. I just signed up to take this class. Here is the link.


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I just registered for the

I just registered for the class - :-)

Mark Levin, Rush and the entire Fox News crew thanks you

Good Job!

"You are a den of vipers and thieves."

I mean to rout you out!

-Just because you are among us, does not make you with us

-The door is wide open, anything can slither in

Hillsdale for the longest

Hillsdale for the longest time did not accept federal funds. Is that stil the case?

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good things is my religion. Thomas Paine Godfather of the American Revolution)


In fact, in 2007, the college began rejecting state (MI) funds in addition to federal funds.

What is wrong with self study/no "course" at all?

All the information that anyone developing a "course" on the Constitution would need is available for free online and in public libraries.

Read the Constitution, what the authors/influencers wrote about the drafting of that document, read the writings of those that influenced them, etc.

No need to go through intermediaries. No need to spend a dime.
Become your own expert on the topic in the same way that "course" developers did/should have.

That way you can spin it however you want like they do:-)

PS-Is this about the Constitution or Hillsdale?

"You are a den of vipers and thieves."

I mean to rout you out!

-Just because you are among us, does not make you with us

-The door is wide open, anything can slither in

Wow....Thanks, I just registered

Also, Michael Badnarik has an awesome 8 hr Constitution Class...



Agree with earlier posting... BADNARIK PLEASE. Rather pay for great than get free junk. This place is endorsed by Michael Medved. That is all I need to know to stay far away. I never want to think like him.

i would like

to see everyone take this course ,then maybe they would open their eyes and start supporting the only one that would save the Constitution , Ron Paul !!!!!


I listened to the pre-list of vids--about 4 hrs worth and I thought it was good. Then I listened to the 1st of this sign up and had no problems with it. Sounds like RP talking.

I have to admit I did the listening while doing other things and missed some of the message.

I do like that I can replay the instruction over and over at my convenience.

The downside is it is a little boring. It could be shortened to 20 minutes instead of the 40 minutes. But hey, I am getting some insight that I didn't have before.

I agree with people on Rush. I was turned off the college when Rush is such a neo-con and I was pleasantly surprised (so far) that the school didn't sound like Rush.

My impression at this time is that I would send my child to the school rather than ivy league. We got Bush and obama, what can I say, from those schools.


Unless Badnarik is teaching\overseeing\helping...

I would rather just read it on my own. It is not hard to "teach" a corrupted vision of it. FFS, BHO was a Constitutional professor.

class in session..... http://youtu.be/tpUXGOqO1r0

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"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make
violent revolution inevitable."
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Good to hear ...

... that the skeptics are pleased by the Hillsdale course so far. I would have silenced the lies about Hillsdale being a neo-con college, had I an account at the time. Nice to meet everyone.

Hillsdale Comparison Then and Now


I just thought about something you, a graduate of Hillsdale, could do: communicate with those of us taking the course to see if the course has changed from when you took it. Or, better, take the course again.

See if Hillsdale has lost, gained or maintained its libertarianism. If you notice a change, of course tell us, but maybe you can do one better, write an article for publication on this issue. You're in position to make the best comparison.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.


Hillsdale peaked in what can be considered "neo-conservatism" in 1999, with the downfall and resignation of its money-savvy but somewhat iron-fisted president of old, George Roche III, who made his reputation founding Imprimis ... but also more-or-less ousting members of the faculty who disagreed with him. Since then Larry Arnn was hired, by far a much more soft-spoken libertarian than anyone can possibly remember of Roche. One speaker even commented in 2010 that "Hillsdale is the one college in America that is better off now than it was a decade ago." The last ten years has been a rebuilding period, and I think a philosophical renaissance - with a revitalization of Hillsdale's somewhat-forgotten traditional conservative/libertarian (aka self-government) teachings of old - has been at the forefront of that rebuilding. Keep in mind that the college didn't cater to the feds during the Roche era and still doesn't.
As for the course itself, I'm not sure how long Arnn has personally been teaching it, but his reading list for students includes unabridged copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the Antifederalist Papers, and dozens of speeches and debates. There is no bias, nor room for bias. I guarantee he would hold the rest of the Constitution-teaching faculty to the same standard.

Yeah, no kidding.

That's the first thing I thought to myself.

Every month I get their trash newsletter and I've yet to find one writer that's a constitutionalists. Most are nauseatingly neo-con.

Sadly, you are right about Imprimis

My daughter graduated from Hillsdale, and it is a very fine college. However, in the past decade I have noticed that they speakers they invite in are mostly Neocons. This has bothered me greatly, and I have stopped giving them donations. I feel badly about it because my daughter got a very fine education there, but they need to rethink their politics and get with the Constitution. Inviting Ron Paul to speak there would go a long way in getting my approval again.

Also, I think they need to quit advertising on Rush Limbaugh's radio show. It's a turn off to a lot of people now.

Minnesota Mary

Please rethink.

It is not Hillsdale College professors who publish in Imprimis. Hillsdale does not necessarily espouse the views of its guest speakers nor the radio talking heads - and in the case of the more radical speakers, it certainly does not. But in the interest of free expression (which libertarians celebrate), the college humbly withholds its own right to censor them. Imprimis is just a speech transcript. It is meant to hold a microscope to some of the varying conservative (and sometimes progressive) viewpoints within the U.S. It does not, again, agree with all of them. Trust me. Their education tells a far different story than the occasionally outspoken guest does.

Hillsdale College is like the MSM - can't be trusted.

Michael Badnarik has a Constitution class on YOUTUBE. 40 + classes.

Hillsdale College is like Ron Paul...

...Jilted by the mainstream media. How else is it that one of the continually higher-ranking colleges in America can make so many prospective students and parents ask, "Huh? Where?" Why did U.S. News and World Report exclude it from the list last year, like the GOP National Convention excluded Paul?

OP: Please consider adding these as additional resources...

US Constitution Class by Richard Church

Michael Badnarik's Constitution Class

If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don't dare have one.

I read the

comments and am torn about the class. First, Limbaugh supports it but talks a different story. Also, I subscribe to a few newsletters that also support Hillsdale but still go to the neo-con view.

But thanks for the post. I will check it out.


Signed Up

Just signed up for this class. Mainly...I want my 13 year old son to go through this with me.

Sayings from Thomas Jefferson:

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.
A principle which if acte

Ronwallie, I am writing this


I am writing this for the benefit of all the nay-Sayers below and to come…

1st …imagine, a collage that wants your e-mail and address in order to enroll you in an on line class? God forbid that they may even want my phone number so as to call me and try to talk me into a PAID course. My OH my, I’m not sure about what to tell them then…

2nd …An on-line class that does not teach 100% of what we feel to be the truth, as our creator has seen fit to let us understand it. (Let’s not even discuss the fact that in this course we can ask questions and sway opinion, perhaps even resulting in changes to the next course).

3rd …(it’s FREE), so of course talk it down because you certainly have NO excuse for not taking it. Of course you may have to debate someone as educated as I am, or better, on the subject. If that scares you then you don’t need this course…or maybe you really do?

4th …Knowledge is power…from what-ever source derived.

5th …The NEXT time I am debating my local caucus on a constitutional issue, I will show them my certified recognition of knowledge on the subject…and ask them to show me theirs.

6th …The Daily Paul WILL survive without me for an hour or so a day. (Michael and the moderators will be busy taking this course and debating with me personally).

7th …400 members from the D.P. and a matching number from R.P.F. could gain Mr. Paul an endorsement, or at the very least a few more supporters, as opposed to preaching at the choir here.

8th …There is NO good excuse to avoid the possibility of learning something new.(Well, maybe a silent addmission of lazyness...you get to live with that one between you and your creator).

I should think and hope to ‘see’ you ALL in class.

YOUR servant for freedom, Clay Carey

THANK YOU for posting this Ronwallie

Thank you Clay...I really

Thank you Clay...I really needed your nice little B*tch slap
: )
I was planning on watching Badnarik's class online but you made me realize the value of watching both. I'll start with Hillsdale because they have a deadline. I was wondering if anyone knows how long each lecture stays online since I'm going on vacation from Feb 26th thru Mar 2nd. Anyone know? I definitely don't want to miss The Declaration of Independence class.

Found myself agreeing with

Found myself agreeing with some of the comments below until I admitted to myself that only good can come from it.
My own lazyness almost kept me from it. It will be fun and interesting to see how this eighth grade drop out does in this course. I hope and pray that my spell-checker is up to the task.

You are welcome.

It will be interesting to see what we all thought of the course after we finish it.

Ruling by prayer

I hope they get more students

I hope they get more students than they know what to do with. We should all take this course. It's a simple case of put up or shut up.

See you in class!

Thanks for the info! I'm

Thanks for the info! I'm definitely going to check it out. A lot of these free online courses are surprisingly high quality.

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All I need...

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It seems that Hillsdale does not like Ron Paul.

Please anyone, convince me otherwise.

Here is their online student newspaper. I did a search for Ron Paul and found nothing. Did I do something wrong with my search?