Tired of federal mandates on health care? Concerned about the nation’s future with an aggressive White House agenda to ban guns? Worried about the rampant spending on phantom projects? Just plain tired of Barack Obama’s idea of America?

There’s a conference coming – studded with high-profile speakers such as Monica Crowley, John O’Sullivan, Phyllis Schlafly and Marshall Teague – that’s just for you. It will help equip you to engage in the political and social battles, and organizers say it will help you to come out the victor.

Hosted by the Constitutional Coalition, events at the Educational Policy Conference are scheduled Jan. 24-26 at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac. Organizer and Executive Director Donna Hearne told WND the central issue is familiar to those who understand America’s founders.

It’s that America as a nation was intended for a “moral people.”

But now, she said, the country “is facing a poverty of information on our founding principles, so severe that it threatens the future of freedom.”

General information about the conference is on the website, but those who are interested in attending are asked to call 636-386-1789.

“What we’re attempting to do is reacquaint people with the full depth of why the First Amendment was so important. … Why we as Americans need to be very familiar with it, as well as be able to explain it,” she said.

Crowley, a Fox News commentator, will address the issue of the First Amendment and freedom of the press, while John O’Sullivan, the former vice president of Radio Free Europe, will explain how he was transformed from a “skeptic” about the First Amendment to an “absolutist.”

“He will tell the story of how, when he first became familiar with the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, he thought, ‘This is overboard. They don’t need it,'” Hearne said.

Now, however, he’s among those who believe that freedom is possible only through the emphatic support and maintenance of the First Amendment.

Hearne said the underlying philosophy of America needs to be reviewed: that man is a fallen creature, not perfect, and that society and culture cannot make him perfect. So an outside guideline, the Bible, is needed to keep mankind in line. That, she said, is the exact message that needs to be taken from the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

Further, she said, the education system in America needs to teach such lessons to children.

“If we don’t teach children and ultimately adults how to govern themselves, to be wise, to have knowledge and understanding about their times, we get the kinds of things we’re seeing,” she said.

Americans, she said, need to pursue a moral life, restrain their base impulses and look to the Ten Commandments.

The conference is built on the theme “Five Pillars of the First Amendment: Preserving our Freedoms from School to Society.”

Crowley will be joined by former Sen. Rick Santorum for the opening. The focal point of the first speakers will be “Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Assembly.”

Those speakers will include O’Sullivan, David Azerrad of the Heritage Foundation, Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum, actor Marshall Teague of “Last Ounce of Courage” and Jamie Allman of FM News Talk 97.1.

Later, former Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott, Alabama School Board member Betty Peters, Nebraska School Board member John Sieler and others will take on the topic of the federal Department of Education’s “Common Core” program and whether it amounts to “thought control.”

Also addressing various events will be Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and commentator Michelle Malkin.

Featured will be WND staff reporter, author and speaker F. Michael Maloof, whose new book, “A Nation Forsaken – EMP: The Escalation Threat of an American Catastrophe,” warns about the nation’s reliance on electronic systems and the danger from either a natural event or a deliberate nuclear attack that could blast the nation back into the 19th century.

Ohio Congressman Bob McEwen will be at the podium, and former NFL Chicago Bears player Paul Blair, now pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla., will speak about “Taking Back the First Amendment.”

The coalition aims to educate about the nation’s Constitution,”acknowledging absolutes as the basis for our laws and God as the give of our freedom.”

Among its standard-bearers is James Madison, who wrote, “A popular government, without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; And a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

It also cites Thomas Jefferson, who said, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are a gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

States the organization: “The founders held that only a moral people – a nation of godly people with common spiritual and social values – were capable of self government.

“The Declaration of Independence eloquently communicates those truths that undergird the Constitution. The document proclaims clearly that rights do not come from men. They come from a Creator. That Creator, said the founding fathers in their collective wisdom, is the God of the Old and New Testaments. Of 15,000 writings of the 55 men who signed the Constitution, including newspaper articles, pamphlets, and books, the Bible, especially the book Deuteronomy, contributed 34 percent of all direct quotations. When indirect citations were included, over half of all quotations were derived from the Bible.

“These foundational perspectives – the gift of a remarkable band of visionaries – are the yardstick used by the Constitutional Coalition to measure its current initiatives as it equips and enables citizens to understand their government, education and family concerns.”

General information about the conference is on the website, but for those planning on attending, please call 636-386-1789.

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