Notes on Don Conkey – Defending the American Dream Summit

Pardon the format; these are my notes from the Defending the American Dream Summit.


Look at our money – In God We Trust.

The principle of thirds (comes from Revelation, where a third of the host was cast out):
——- The Left – 1/3 ||| the middle – 1/3 ||| The Right – 1/3 ——-
Left and right constantly fight for a foothold in the middle.

In his 82 years, he’d never seen such a power grab as last Sunday. He’s lived through Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Saddam.

We are the modern day patriots.

Four books that will help with the fight:
– The Bible
– The Constitution (always have the pocket one handy)
The 5000 Year Leap
God’s Influence in the Making of America (available soon on unibook)

All our patriotic songs reference God.

The Northwest Ordinance, passed in 1787, outlined how each state would be admitted to the Union. Each state, in it’s education system, was required to teach:
1. Religion
2. Morals
3. Knowledge (in this order!)

Four foundational documents:

– Declaration of Independence
– The Constitution
– Preamble to The Constitution
– The Bill of Rights

Why are we where we are? We fell asleep. Progressives started taking over in the late 1800’s. Through the courts, constitutional law was gradually superseded by case law.

How God is involved in our freedoms:
James 1:25 – But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Leviticus 25:10 – And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.

The next Progressive takeover was 1913, when Teddy Roosevelt pushed the passage of the 16th Amendment. The 17th Amendment followed 30 days later. The 17th Amendment destroyed the state’s rights outlined by Article 10 of the Constitution. Simple, blatant greed.

While everyone constantly spouts “the separation of church and state” as a constitutional tenet, it is NEVER mentioned in the foundational documents. The only source of the phrase is in a letter to Dunbury Methodist Church by Thomas Jefferson.

What the Constitution offers is not freedom FROM religion, but freedom OF religion.

If the 17th Amendment were negated or never passed, our current situation with ObamaCare would handily defeated by a quorum of states representatives (interesting that the quorum of the Senate is 37, and there are (at last count) 37 states acting to sue the government over the legislation). Now it will be much harder. Now, 2/3 of both houses would need to propose and then pass amendments or call a convention.

Through case law and legislation, the meaning of the Constitution has been completely altered. It needs to be brought back to it’s original intent. We can do it through amendments, both new and repealed.

During the Q&A, there were several pointed and detailed questions about Constitutional Conventions.

The first amendment to be proposed should be one LIMITING the power of the EXECUTIVE. Through treaties and executive orders signed by Obama, our rights are being given away.

1 Comment

  1. March 29, 2010 at 11:31 am

    […] The next breakout was ‘The Constitution and the Real American Legacy,’ lead by Cherokee Tribune columnist and Constitutional historian, Don Conkey. The room erupted in cheers and a standing ovation when he donned his tricorn! He said in his 82 years, he’d never seen such a power grab as last Sunday (a week ago now). And he reminded us he’d lived through Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Saddam. His new book is out, “God’s Influence in the Making of America,” at As soon as it is available, I’ll be ordering my copy. He and his sidekick, retired political science professor Jay Lybbert, were fascinating. More on their talk later. [UPDATE: Notes here.] […]


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