By Billy Huntsman
Citizens of the Las Cruces and NMSU communities will have the opportunity to learn about the Constitution of the United States, which one group says is the key to solving “nearly every problem in America today,” on Saturday, February 20, in the Corbett Ballroom.
The National Center for Constitutional Studies, formerly called the Freeman Institute, was founded in 1971 “to restore the U.S. Constitution in accordance with the intent of America’s Founders.”
Chuck Wendler, a promoter of Saturday’s event, of Las Cruces is a former elementary school science teacher and principal. When he was working, he says, he didn’t pay much attention to the political environment of the country. It wasn’t until 2004, when he retired, that he started paying attention to politics.
“I’m 72 years old,” he says. “I’ve lived during a period of time where I’ve seen a definite transition from the way things used to be to what they are now. And I said, ‘Oh my goodness, we are in a mess.’”
Wendler gave the current campaigning for the upcoming presidential election as an example of this “mess.”
“It (campaigning) used to be civil,” he says. “Now they’re just throwing mud at each other. I don’t think that’s the way to run a country, run for political office.”
Wendler’s driving motivation to get involved in promoting the edicts of the Constitution are his grandchildren, he says.
“One’s five, the other’s seven,” he says. “I cannot pass on from this earth without doing all that I can to make sure that maybe things have been changed a little bit to the better.”
Hence his involvement in Saturday’s event, “Discover the Making of America,” which entails an “exploration to rediscover the key to the creation of the first free nation in modern times” and “a refreshing look at the solid political and economic principles from the preamble through the amendments to the Constitution,” which Wendler calls “the law of the land.”
“The older I get and the more I dig into this, the more I realize how blessed we truly are and we need to do what we can to take back that which we’ve given up and we’ve given up a lot of freedoms,” Wendler says.
The seminar on Saturday begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Corbett Ballroom and goes until one p.m., which is when lunch (provided) is served. Then, at 1:45 until 5:30 p.m., the second half of the seminar begins. Registration is $10 a person and you can RSVP to Wendler at 915-479-3337 or at email@example.com.
For more information on the National Center for Constitutional Studies, visit http://www.nccs.net.