The American Commission Part Two: Our Constitution is still alive and applicable today! As citizens, we all have a duty to study the Constitution, to understand where our rights and our freedoms are laid out in that document, and how our government structure should work. The reason our government continues to overstep its boundaries is that “€œwe the people”€ don”€™t know what those boundaries are! Tune in now for the last part of our two-part series from Constitution Alive! 

Air Date: 09/17/2019

On-air Personalities: David Barton, Rick Green, and Tim Barton


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Faith And The Culture


Welcome to the intersection of faith and the culture. This is WallBuilders Live! And today, we’re picking up right where we left off yesterday with Constitution Alive! The Duty of the Citizen.

It’s actually section 11 out of Constitution Alive! The full program is available at But, today we’re going to pick up where we left off yesterday on The Duty of the Citizen program.

If you missed yesterday, don’t worry. You can get it online right now at Let’s pick up where we left off yesterday with Constitution Alive!

RICK (teaching Constitution Alive!):

These guys thought generationally and didn’t do things for themselves but made their decisions thinking, I need to be thinking 30 years down the road or 100 years down the road. What did Ben Franklin tell us? He said that they gave us a republic “€œif we could keep it.”€

It”€™s Our Job to Keep It

So, we’ve got a great system; but, it’s our job to keep it. If we get those statesmen and patriots, get good policy, that will give us the good results. It’s easy to decide or agree on what the good policy is; the hard part is getting into the system and working the system.

So, there are your three ingredients. You know what I’m really asking you to do? I’m asking you to give of your lives, your fortunes, and your sacred honor, just like these guys did.

When they came forward and signed beneath that amazing final sentence, pledging their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, they gave it. I’m asking you to give of your life, your time; your life is your time. I’m asking you to give a few hours a week to help work the system, because the system will work.

What they created will work if we’ll work it. Your fortunes: giving your money to good causes out there, good candidates out there that will be good government. And, sacred honor: that’s the willingness for all of us to stand up and speak the truth unafraid of where the chips may fall.

People can and do call me all kinds of names. You know what? They”€™re not shooting at me; but, these guys who served were willing to give their lives and have bullets wiz past their heads, that”€™s sacrifice.

Man, it’s easy for me to stand up, speak the truth, and let people call me whatever they want, that’s sacred honor. Lives, fortunes, and sacred honor: give of it, invest in those three areas.

Articles Two, Three and Four

So, you do it for Congress and the president. Look in Article 2; what is our job? It’s voting, being involved in choosing a good president.

You say, “€œArticle 3, Rick, what could I possibly do there?”€ Those judges are appointed by the president; I can’t influence that. Well, you influence who the U.S. senators are that are going to approve those judges, and you get involved at the local level back home in your state.

About half the states elect their state judges. That’s the farm team. So, you can influence who the farm team is that will later be the federal judges.

Then, you can support some of these great organizations out there: Alliance Defense Fund, the ACLJ, Pacific Justice Institute, and Liberty Council. There are great legal organizations that are arguing before the Supreme Court; so, help to raise up good attorneys and good judges.

Article 4 I mentioned earlier. We’re a republic not a democracy. Educate people on that; right there in Article 4.

Get plugged in. Listen to our radio program daily where we’re going to encourage you. We’re not a doomsday organization. A lot of people run around the country saying, “€œIt’s all over; America’s done for, so grab your guns and canned food to go hide out at the ranch.”€

I can’t stand people like that, man. They’re depressing. They could light up this room by leaving, you know?

My friend Dr. Jarvis says, “€œThey”€™ve got mental B.O.”€ It’s like they’ve been weaned on a pickle or something. I mean, they’re just depressing all the time; this black cloud follows them around.

Joshua and Caleb

We don’t have to be like that. You know, that reminds me of those 10 spies that came back from the Promised Land, saying, “€œIt”€™s too hard; the Giants are too big. There’s no way we could”€¦.”€

They depressed the people. The Bible says that an entire generation had to die in the wilderness because of the bad report from those ten. Let’s be like the other two spies.

Remember who the other two were? Joshua and Caleb. They saw the same challenges, the same giants, all the same stuff.

They came back and said, “€œYep, it”€™s gonna be hard. There are huge giants and it’s going to be tough. We’re gonna have to take the land a little bit at a time.”€

But, they said, “€œGod’s given us the land. Let’s go take it.”€

These guys gave us a great system of freedom that works. Let’s go out there and work the system. We can be optimistic and joyful in what we do, not angry.

Patriot Academy

We can be excited about having freedom and just get out there and participate in it. Let me give you some good news as I close. Patriot Academy is a youth leadership program that we do, and I just want to give you hope for the future.

I’m telling you, these young people, if you could see what I see. We had 112 or so of these young people at the state capital in Texas and took over the capital for a week. These young people are on the real House floor debating, doing just what these guys did in this room, studying these guys, saying, “€œWe want to be like them and do it the way that they did it.”€

So, they learn the Founding Fathers”€™ philosophy of government plus the skills necessary to be effective in this arena: speaking skills, communication skills, campaign skills, and all that kind of stuff. And, they learn how to win.

A Passionate, Prepared Generation

They learned how to take this philosophy and turn it into policy. It’s called “€œPatriot Academy.”€ I’m just telling you, there’s a generation coming that absolutely is going to bring our nation back to the freedom principles upon which we were founded.

They’re passionate, articulate, and get it. I mean, these are 16 to 25 year-olds who are ready to lead. So, be encouraged; help is on the way.

Check it out at and you can help send some students from your state to participate in Patriot Academy. So, that’s a lot of what you can do to participate.

Also, the Amendments: find one of those to make your pet project and help make it happen.

Live the Bill of Rights

Watch out for those treaties; we talked about the danger the treaties. Make sure you’re burning up the phones calling the senators if it’s a bad one. Then, live the Bill of Rights.

You go live out these freedoms. What good are they had just as words on paper? You’ve got to live them out.

So, when it comes to that freedom of religion, get out there and live out your faith. When it comes to that freedom of speech, speak the truth with boldness. Don’t be afraid to speak out.

That freedom of the press, man, you be the press. Start your own blog, your own newspaper, all those things. You can do that.

Facebook and all those things are tools that just boggle the mind. You can reach more people in an instant than the Founding Fathers could do in weeks. We think about their committees of correspondence.

I mean, how long do you have to wait for the Sons of Liberty to send one letter from Boston, let’s say, down to somewhere in Virginia? And, now the letter has going to get back. I mean, we can send a tweet and thousands of people get that committee of correspondence.

Be the New Committees of Correspondence

We need to be the new committees of correspondence, get out there, and be active that way a symbol every chance you get. Just like we did here just like you can do back home in your community and petition so that your voice is heard. I’m sure some of you in here–and I know some that are watching this DVD–this might be new for you.

Maybe you hadn’t been involved in politics before. I’ve been kind of taking my own informal poll, asking people, “€œWhy are you involved now? Why weren’t you involved two years ago? What changed for you where you are involved in your government today?”€ And you wouldn’t believe. I mean, it’s not like the most-answered question just by a few percentage points. But, about 80 percent of the time, the answer I get is: “€œMy grandkids.”€

Constitution Alive!

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the United States Constitution but just felt like, man, the classes are boring or it’s just that old language from 200 years ago or I don’t know where to start? People want to know. But, it gets frustrating because you don’t know where to look for truth about the Constitution either.

Well, we’ve got a special program for you available now called Constitution Alive! with David Barton and Rick Green. It’s actually a teaching done on the Constitution at Independence Hall in the very room where the Constitution was framed. We take you both to Philadelphia, the Cradle of Liberty and Independence Hall and to the WallBuilders”€™ library where David Barton brings the history to life to teach the original intent of our Founding Fathers.

We call it the QuickStart guide to the Constitution because in just a few hours through these videos you will learn the Citizen’s Guide to America’s Constitution.  You’ll learn what you need to do to help save our Constitutional Republic. It’s fun! It’s entertaining! And, it’s going to inspire you to do your part to preserve freedom for future generations.

It’s called Constitution Alive with David Barton and Rick Green. You can find out more information on our website now at

Pass the Torch of Freedom Intact

RICK (teaching Constitution Alive!):

People are literally saying, “€œIt’s the next–I’m thinking about my grandkids not getting to enjoy the same freedom that I enjoy. And, I want to make sure that I pass the torch of freedom intact to them.”€ Reverend Matthias Burnett put it this way, “€œTo God and posterity.”€

This is in 1801, “€œTo God and posterity, you are accountable for your rights and your rulers. Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you.”€ I don’t want my children cursing me because they don’t have the same freedom that I enjoyed.

Let’s do our part in preserving it instead of taking a short-term view. Take a long-term generational view. Realize that you may not get to see the fruits of your labor.

That’s hard for me to accept sometimes. But, I have tried to adopt the philosophy of the son of one of the men that gave us gave us our Declaration of Independence. John Adams was, of course, our second president.

His son, John Quincy Adams, was our sixth president. And, John Quincy Adams did something that I just can’t even get my head wrapped around. He went from being president of the United States to running for Congress.

13 Years With Zero Results

He went from being the man on one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, to going to be one of”€”today, it would be one of 535 in the House and Senate both. And, he did it for one reason: to end slavery. He wanted to get rid of slavery and make sure that what they did in this room, what his father was part of, would finally apply to all Americans.

So, he goes home, runs for Congress, and gets elected. So, he”€™s in Congress and it”€™s like a man against the world. He’s trying to end slavery, but it was a pro-slavery Congress, so he wasn”€™t getting anywhere.

He’s literally beating his head against the wall, coming in week after week, month after month, year after year, with no results. Now, look; I’m a Type-A person. I want results.

My wife says I’m type “€œtriple A.”€ You know; I mean, I go 100 MPH. When I got in the legislature, it drove me nuts that I couldn’t change the world overnight.

I wanted it all done in one legislative session. It took a while for me to figure out that it takes years sometimes to get big things done. John Quincy Adams understood this.

And so, when he kept hitting the wall and not getting anywhere, he didn’t get frustrated. He just kept coming back. You know, that pro-slavery Congress gets so frustrated with John Quincy Adams, they passed the “€œJohn Quincy Adams Gag Order.”€

Duty is Ours; Results Are God’s.

They said, “€œAdams, you talk about anything you want; but, we are sick of hearing you talk about getting rid of slavery. You can’t even do it anymore.”€ He just keeps coming back week after week, month after month, year after year: 13 years with zero results.

Can you imagine that? When you look at what we’re trying to do in our country right now, can you imagine fighting for more than a decade with no results, and still being able to come back and fight more? I don’t know how he did it: 13 years no results.

Then a reporter comes to him says, “€œWhat is your problem? Why are you doing this? You’re not getting anywhere but are wasting your time.

You’re wasting my time, the Congress’s time. You are a waste of time. Why are you doing this?”€

John Quincy Adams said something I hope you’ll adopt as your philosophy as you try to save our country and save freedom for future generations. He said, “€œDuty is ours; results are God’s.”€ Duty is ours; results are God’s.

He said, “€œI’m just doing my duty and will leave the results up to God.”€ These guys understood duty.


Do you remember me saying last night, quote after quote after quote, where these guys would use that word “€œduty”€? “€œDuty of nations,”€ “€œduty of individuals,”€ “€œduty”€ all the time, because they understood It’s hard work, but I’m willing to do it because freedom is worth it.

John Quincy Adams understood: “€œDuty is ours; results are God’s.”€ Did he get to see an end to slavery in his lifetime? No.

Four years later after he had that interview, he dies on the floor of Congress. Literally in Congress, he actually had the stroke on the floor. They moved him into the speaker’s office.

He died in the speaker’s office; but, he died there in the Capitol, there in Congress. Seventeen years of fighting with no results. But for one two-year term, he served with a kid that he became a mentor to. And, he kind of did a brain dump into that kid and taught that kid what he knew.

They became very good friends. This freshman member of Congress became very good friends with a president, good-enough friends, that freshman member of Congress was a pallbearer at John Quincy Adams funeral.

That kid goes home and doesn’t get re-elected. He runs for another office, loses, another office, loses, another office, loses. Just keeps losing, losing, losing.

The Harvest

But, he finally wins another election almost 15 years later. And, Abraham Lincoln becomes president of the United States and implements the same three-step plan that John Quincy Adams had tried for 17 years to accomplish. “€œDuty is ours; results are Gods.”€

We have no idea who we might be planting the seeds for that’s going to come along and water. We have no idea what this generation being raised up right now–remember what John Jay said, “€œTeach the rising generation to be free.”€

If we’ll teach them to be free, we have no idea what they may accomplish in bringing America back to those freedoms and preserving them for future generations. Friends, I cannot thank you enough for being willing to dive into the Founding Fathers and the founding documents. You are patriots like these guys were patriots.

Once Again Standing on that Lexington Green

And, you are literally–we together are once again standing on that Lexington Green. This is just like April 19, 1775. It’s the morning after Paul Revere’s ride, more than a year before these men would gather and sign the Declaration of Independence.

This is the day that ragtag bunch of 77 lined up on the Lexington Green in defense of freedom. Major Pitcarin rides up and has six companies of British infantry, that’s 800 of the King’s finest.

They fall into position only about 150 fifty feet from that little group of 77. Pitcarin hollers out and says this, “€œDisperse, ye rebels; disperse ye villains. Lay down your arms,”€ while our Captain Parker walked up and down that little line of 77 and he said, “€œDon’t fire unless fired upon; but, if they mean to have war, let it begin here.”€

It Begins in Your Hearts and Mine.

Then that shot heard round the world was fired. That’s where your freedom and my freedom began. I”€™m here to tell you if that freedom is gonna survive another generation, it begins right here in your hearts and mine.

I”€™m sorry. I just can’t believe I’m in here. {applause}

If the next generation is gonna enjoy what we’ve enjoyed–if my four kids you got to see: Trey, Reagan, Kamryn, and Rhett–if your kids and grandkids are going to enjoy freedom, it’s up to us. Let’s go out there and save our country.

Let’s keep alive what these men did. Thank you; and God bless you for being a part of this class.


Thank you very much. Thank you for the late nights and for being part of this. Appreciate you very, very much.

Various Children and Adults quote:

“€œWe hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”€

“€œWe the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union”€¦secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”€

“€œThese United Colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states.”€

“€œIn order to make our union stronger.”€

“€œThey are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”€


Wow, David, first of all thank you. I would not have had the opportunity to do that, teach in Independence Hall, if I hadn’t learned all of this from you and from our Founding Fathers through your library. But also, for just suggesting that we go to Philadelphia, what a great {place.}

Everybody Can Do It.


And, I appreciate the compliment; but, this is our history. You quoted from the Founding Fathers. We just happen to be people who are putting it out; but, everybody can do it.

As I mentioned, I’m a cowboy who shouldn’t be doing this kind of stuff. But, everybody can do something. And, once you do, it starts growing, making a difference, because it does ripple outward.

I mean, the Founding Fathers didn’t have internet. Look what they did without the internet or technology. They did it one person at a time, reaching out.

The Sons of Liberty communicated. The committees of correspondence sent out these notifications, which was an email blast. They used everything they could, and everybody did something.

Further, I love the example of Nehemiah. Our organization is called WallBuilders because it’s out of the book of Nehemiah in the Bible, which is the largest grassroots effort. And, in their case, as they went back to rebuild what had been torn down in their nation, they literally”€”and, this was really the dregs of society, because they kept the really good guys over Babylon: Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

They sent back the others, “€œWe don’t need you guys; so, go back to Jerusalem.”€ And, they got back, saw it was in rough shape.


That had to be a little daunting, right?




I mean, when you think about our challenges today, if we were to show up and everything’s rubble.

It”€™s Not Impossible IF We All Do Our Part


And see, that”€™s the challenge, because that rubble is stones that weigh from 70 to 100 tons.




And, I’m supposed to lift that back 100 foot in the air and rebuild the wall? You”€™ve got to be kidding me. And, that’s what these guys thought.

And so, as they got there and looked at it, they got all discouraged saying, “€œWe can’t

do this.”€ But, Nehemiah got them together and said, “€œYou know, we will get this done. And, here’s the deal: If everybody will do their part, it”€™ll all get done.”€

Well, when everybody decided just to do their part, 52 days later, the entire thing”€™s done. And, you find that there were some guys really motivated like the men of Tekoa, who rebuilt 1500 feet on the wall. The priests only rebuilt their own homes.

But, you know what? That was one home. And, if anybody rebuilds their our own home, then the whole wall gets built because their homes were on the wall.

And so, 52 days later, they were saying, “€œOh my! We did this.”€ And, if you look at who did it, it wasn’t people who were qualified to do it. There should’ve been stonemasons doing this.




You’ve got a perfume maker who’s doing this. You’ve got a soldier. You got a man and his daughters out there doing it plus a priest doing it.

Everybody Must Do Their Part

You look at all the people involved in rebuilding, and that’s the way we are in America. If everybody will pick up and do their part, by throwing it all together, that is massive, massive stuff.


And not be discouraged when you look at the big picture.


That”€™s right.


Don”€™t think I can’t change the whole thing. Just like with Nehemiah and those guys, they said, “€œOkay, I’m going to focus on what I can do.”€


I don’t have to rebuild all the walls. I just got to rebuilt this part right here.


That”€™s right.


And, if I do this part right here”€”if we focus on what we can rebuild and not worry about what everybody else is supposed to do. Duty is ours. If we’ll just do that, it will make a difference.

Now, the guideline that we started with, and the guideline that’s really good to close with, is”€”let”€™s go back to the six things that John Jay told us.



John Jay”€™s Six Marching Instructions


John Jay gave us these six marching instructions, if you will. And, we need to think this way. So, go back to the six.

He said, “€œEvery member the State ought diligently read and study the Constitution of this country and teach the rising generation to be free. By knowing their rights, they will sooner perceive when they’re violated and be the better prepared to defend and assert them.”€ And, again the verbs: “€œEvery member the State ought diligently to read and to study the Constitution of this country and teach the rising generation and those around us, to be free.”€

Now, in the class, we’ve done number one and number two there. We”€™ve read and studied.


That”€™s right.


So now”€”and we’ve done some teaching. But now, we’re asking everybody else to do the last part.


We’re asking everybody else to become teachers. “€œWell, I’m not qualified to be a teacher.”€ Look, if you”€™ve got a mouth, you qualify to be a teacher, because you can teach somebody that works with you, around you”€”


Even if you don’t have a mouth, you have your computer”€”

Stand Up


That’s exactly right. You don’t even have to have a mouth because now, with social media, you can teach a lot of people. So, teach the rising generation be free by knowing their rights.

“€œOnce you know what they are, you’ll sooner proceed when they’re violated.”€


And, now we’re there. Right? We now know what those rights are.


Which means we can recognize violations much quicker. And, once you recognize a violation, you don’t just sit by and say, “€œGosh, I wish that hadn’t happened.”€ No, you get up to defend and assert those Constitutional rights.


Even if it’s not you. I mean, if you”€™re reading about something happening in your town or even somewhere else in the country, that you know is against those rights, then let your voice be heard.


That’s right. If it violates any constitutional right, you pop up and defend the whole thing. And, you know, that’s one of the things that we’ve learned from Pastor Martin Niemoller, who had been a hero in World War I. He was also in World War II.

And, he’s the guy who coined that thing and said it different ways at different times. He said, “€œYou know, when they came for the Socialists, I didn”€™t stand up because I wasn”€™t a socialist. And, when they came for the union workers, I didn’t stand up for them because I wasn”€™t a union worker.

“€œAnd, when they came for the Jews, I didn’t stand up because I wasn’t a Jew. But then, when they came for me, there’s nobody left to stand up for me.”€ And, that’s the thing you’ve got to get is, we’ve got to have each other’s back.

Defending the Framework for Liberty

And, I may not be a big Fifth-Amendment guy. Maybe I’m a Second-Amendment guy. Well, I’m going to stand with the Fifth-Amendment guys.

Maybe I’m a big First-Amendment guy. But, I’m not very much an Eighth-Amendment guy. Well, I’m willing to stand with the Eighth-Amendment guys.

And, so it is defending and asserting. And, it’s not just asserting what we’re interested in; it’s asserting what the Constitution says, because that is the framework for liberty. And, that Liberty gives us success, prosperity, stability, and all the things we enjoy come from that framework.

So, again, the six verbs on this, real simple: read the Constitution. By the way, let me talk about “€œread”€ for just a minute. You know, we’ve talked before this lesson about how by federal law, everybody supposed to study that in public schools; but, it doesn’t


Constitution Day

Well, one of our friends in Congress who is a really good Constitution guy and always carries the Constitution with him thought, “€œIt’d be a really cool thing to even have that in Congress.”€ So, he went and introduced a resolution–which is nonbinding”€”a resolution that on Constitution Day, it would be good if every member of Congress would just say, “€œI’m going to read the Constitution once a year.”€

He said that when that resolution introduced, the chairman of the Judiciary looked at him said, “€œThat’s the most stupid idea I’ve ever heard in my life.”€


You are kidding.


“€œI just asked you to read the Constitution once a year, and the head of Judiciary Committee”€””€


Doesn”€™t want to get past step one here.


You don’t want to get past step one. No wonder we don’t get to step two, three, four, five. And so, that’s the time to have a new committee chair.

Just elect different people to Congress. They will elect a new committee chair. But, you need people in Congress like my friend who said, “€œWe need to read this once a year.”€


And at home, everywhere. I mean, even the people watching now. One thing you can immediately do if go back and read the entire Constitution, cover to cover.


Study it. Teach it to the rising generation or anybody else that you can. Know constitutional rights so that you can perceive when they’re violated.

Then, defend and assert those constitutional rights.

This is Doable.


David, this is doable. This is not some gigantic, impossible plan.


This is really doable.


It’s step by step. Every one of us can be a part of it.


And, this is Nehemiah”€™s wall. Stop looking at how big the problem is. You look and focus on rebuilding your part.

If you look and focus on rebuilding your part, and everybody just does their part, we’ll get this thing back up.


Think of all the good news that we get to hear. We always hear about people that have done this and gotten great results.


That’s right. That”€™s why we have Good New Friday, because we want everybody else to hear the good news that you don’t hear on the mainstream media. They’re not going to tell you this.


This will work, no doubt about it. One of the reasons I’m encouraged is just so many people are more interested now than they used to be. We’re hearing a lot of these good stories out there.

Hope from Our History

You’ve been doing this while. You’ve got an incredible collection here and have read the Founding Fathers more than anybody I know. When you step back and look at all of this, how do you maintain your optimism?

What really gives you hope that we can accomplish this task to restore our constitutional republic?


What gives me hope is our history, because when you read history and find we”€™re not having to fight the same type of enemy they did. I haven’t had to pick up a gun yet to do anything to defend my rights. And, I look at what they’ve gone through and see so many occasions where people have been so much worse off than we are.

Not that we’re not in bad shape, constitutionally we are. I mean, we’re at a point where we’ve got to decide if we’re gonna defend this thing or just make it a relic of the past, part of the museum display. But, in history, God has always raised up good-hearted people that wanted to do the right thing.

And, I look at Israel. How many times did Israel hit the bottom and forget God, forget their laws, and forget the Ten Commandments; yet, God managed to bring them back every single time. So, history is the great encourager for me.

I just look at how many times this happened before, how many times we’ve been in really tough spots, and how many times God”€™s used citizens to bring us back.

Join Us!


Thank you for opening up your library.


Absolutely, bro.


Thanks for doing this, man. What an encouragement. Folks out there that are watching this, I know it’s encouraged you.

We’re asking you to join us, to do those six things that David just went through: to read, study to make sure you know those rights, be willing to teach other people, be willing to defend and assert the Constitution.

The American Commission – Constitution Alive!

This is your opportunity. Join us in restoring that constitutional republic.

We appreciate you being a part of this Constitutional Alive! with David Barton and Rick Green.

RICK (In studio):

Well, folks, hope you’ve enjoyed this section 11 out of Constitution Alive! with David Barton and Rick Green.

You can get the entire program, all the sections, walking through the entire Constitution at or today. Thanks so much for listening to WallBuilders Live!