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55 Important Words from the Declaration of Independence (Guest: Rep. Dan Caulkins)

January 22, 2020

Rep. Dan Caulkins (IL-101) joined Lennie Jarratt and Chris Talgo to discuss a plan to require 55 words of the Declaration of Independence to be memorized as part of the U.S. Constitution instruction and test requirements for Illinois students.

Illinois Rep. Caulkins discussed the importance of the 55 words from the Declaration of Independence that he proposes should be memorized in public schools because it highlights how our rights don’t come from government with hosts Lennie Jarratt and Chris Talgo. In addition, we discuss he discussed how the “education system has lost sight of its purpose,” and how these words are a common thread for all Americans. 

The required #55Words:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

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Lennie Jarratt is the former director of the Center for Education Opportunities at The Heartland Institute @LennieJarratt
Chris Talgo is the Editorial Director at The Heartland Institute and a research fellow for Heartland’s Socialism Research Center.