Our April 2nd Auglaize Co. Patriots meeting was privileged to have Ricki Pepin as our speaker and before I give a short summary of her remarks, let me introduce her.
Ricki Pepin is a former employee of the FBI. She is a published author, columnist and international lecturer. Her primary passion is teaching citizens how to work together to restore America’s foundations.
To that end, she has been leading courses on the U.S. Constitution, in collaboration with the Institute on the Constitution, for over 18 years, and recently produced three teaching DVDs to assist others in the duplication of these efforts. Her ultimate desire is to bring a return to limited, Constitutional government where everyone has the FREEDOM to discover and walk out their own God-given destinies of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Ricki is married to retired Air Force Colonel Michael Pepin. She has two children and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Pepin’s presentation was entitled Recapturing the America Heritage-Pass the Baton!” and as the title indicates, she spent the evening showing the various ways in which the unique American heritage can be successfully passed on to our children. In order to start, one must first decide what America means to you and what kind of America you want to leave to your children. Karl Marx said, “Take away the heritage of the people and they are easily destroyed.” An accurate education in history can give our youth an important identity in what it means to be an American, but our children are too often not receiving that education in school today. We cannot depend on the public school, that has been effectively stripped of any acknowledgment of God or morals, to teach about the ideals of America. Thus, this work must be accomplished by parents and grandparents, utilizing the 4 R’s of the Principle Approach: Research – Reason – Relate – Record.
Research from primary source documents, beginning with defining your terms with Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.
Reason through what the terms mean by using leading questions to identify truth or former misconceptions based on what you find in primary sources.
Relate what you have found to history, a current event or any question before you.
Record – write it down in a personal notebook and then use it; speaking to others with principled arguments rather than second-hand opinions.
We can only pass on what we know, so it is essential to understand what the founders of our nation passed down to us, in their own words. To this end, we can profit by going to “primary sources” and understanding the meaning of words as they were understood at the time of the founding. The 1828 Webster dictionary is extremely helpful, as are writings of the founders, like Plymouth Plantation, the Mayflower Compact, and the letters of George Washington, John Adams, etc.
One of the best ways to excite an interest in America’s founding principles is to tell the records (true stories) of what our forefathers did, how they lived and what they believed in order to establish a Christian nation. Perhaps most children know that the reason the Pilgrims traveled to America in 1620 was for religious freedom, but how many realize that this group first fled to the Netherlands from the oppression of King James of England. There they eventually felt that there was too much “freedom” and that their children were in danger of corrupted morals. It was only after 12 years in the Netherlands that the Pilgrims opted for the dangerous trip to America in order to establish their own religious freedom. Many may know the traditional “story” of George Washington, but how many have been taught how during the French & Indian wars in 1755, that Washington was shot many times, with resulting holes in his hat and clothing, but nothing hit his body. The Indian chief finally told his warriors to stop trying to shoot this officer, because he was protected. Later, in a letter to his brother, Washington attributed his protection during the battle to the providence of God. In books like Patriots in Petticoats also relate the stories of brave women like Hannah Hendee, who faced down Indians and the British soldiers to single-handedly save her captured son. The retelling of such true stories are inspiring and will pass on the two fold heritage-physical and spiritual-of America.
Ricki provided an excellent resource listing which included Christian and patriotic reading along with other activities to begin preserving the blessings of liberty by building your personal heritage library. The McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers are an excellent start to read with your children, but other suggestions are more modern like the popular Rush Limbaugh’s Rush Revere book series. For teens and adults, a movie like Monumental with Kirk Cameron or Ricki Pepin’s DVD presentation “Restoring America Through Educational Excellence”are available. There are also activities for summer camps (details at http://www.campamerican.com) and the recent start of American Clubs in schools (details at http://www.theamericanview.com).
For adults, Ricki also highly recommends the Institute on the Constitution’s 12 week course to discover the Constitution and its history. This class will start in Wapakoneta on April 20, 2015, so contact Candice Dicke at 419-305-3606 or by email email@example.com to get registered.
Visit Ricki’s website: http://www.rickipepin.com for more valuable information.