Friend of Liberty,
As a fellow intelligent patriot, I’d like to send you a Betsy Ross flag.
The design of this flag, with its 13 stripes and 13 stars—representing America’s original 13 colonies—dates to the American Revolution.
The Betsy Ross flag evokes the Founding Era. A time where the principles of the Declaration of Independence were first set forth: that “all men are created equal,” that they are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, [and] that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
These principles have been a source of unity and pride among all Americans throughout most of our nation’s history.
Sadly, this is no longer the case, and the cause is the Left’s hijacking of American education and how too many of our public schools teach history.
As an indication of the Left’s influence in promoting anti-American bias, consider the 2019 controversy surrounding the same Betsy Ross flag.
That year, just before Independence Day, Nike announced plans to release an athletic shoe featuring this Betsy Ross flag.
Almost immediately, sparked by the objections of Nike spokesman Colin Kaepernick, a social media storm condemned the Betsy Ross flag as a symbol of racism and slavery.
As a result, Nike backed down and announced that it was halting production of the shoe.
This athletic shoe issue was trivial. But the episode points to something else…
What is NOT trivial is the push to insert anti-American ideology into every aspect of American life…
....and that too many in positions of authority back down to the loud voices of political correctness and anti-Americanism.
This is how progressives are rewriting our nation’s history, and undermining the informed patriotism essential to preserving liberty.
If successful, they will transform American government and remake society according to their ever-changing ideas of “progress.”
The Nike shoe controversy, and everything we’ve witnessed in the last few months, is the bitter fruit of their “long march through education.”
We must confront this destructive ideology on the battlefield of education.
And we must nurture informed patriotism among young Americans if our nation, and the liberty that has been its hallmark, are to be saved for future generations. Because as always, liberty’s only sure defense is an educated citizenry prepared to defend it.
This is why your support of Hillsdale College is so important.
Hillsdale’s educational outreach efforts reach and teach millions of Americans of all ages, especially young people.
These efforts provide citizens of all ages with the knowledge they need to understand and defend our great American heritage of liberty.
Your generous support today will:
• Expand the circulation of Imprimis, Hillsdale’s digest of liberty, to reach millions more Americans (you can also receive a free subscription of Imprimis…for life).
• Send millions of pocket-size copies of America’s founding documents to individuals and schools across America, including members of our armed forces.
• Increase the number of citizens (especially younger Americans) enrolling in Hillsdale’s free online courses such as “Constitution 101” and “The Great American Story: A Land of Hope.”
• Launch increasing numbers of Hillsdale-affiliated classical K-12 charter schools nationwide, returning excellence to American K-12 education and impacting thousands of our youngest citizens.
One other thing you should be aware of…
To maintain its independence, Hillsdale College undertakes all of this work while refusing EVERY PENNY of government funding—even indirectly in the form of federal or state student grants and loans. NOT. ONE. PENNY.
So, your support is even more crucial to ensuring that future generations of Americans will be educated in American civics and prepared to defend freedom.
With a gift of $76 or more today to support educational outreach efforts that reach and teach millions, Hillsdale will send you a 3' x 5' Betsy Ross Flag to thank you for your support. Supplies are limited, so please make your best tax-deductible gift right away.
You can give your best tax-deductible gift of $25, $50, $100, or even $250 or more by following the secure link below:
I hope you will display your Betsy Ross flag in your home or office. It is a historical reminder of the debt we owe America’s Founders and our obligation to pass liberty on to future generations.
In that same spirit, let us continue to defend our great American heritage of liberty and work to revive limited government under the Constitution through education.
Your support would honor us in the critical year ahead.
Larry P. Arnn
President, Hillsdale College
Pursuing Truth and Defending Liberty Since 1844