Skip to comments."Securing the Future of Conservatism": The Helms School of Government
Posted on 05/27/2004 9:06:11 AM PDT by Theodore R.
Securing the Future of Conservatism Jerry Falwell Thursday, May 27, 2004
What do you get when you cross Jesse Helms, Jerry Falwell and a plethora of college students who are anxious to impact the culture with our time-honored conservative values? Well, if you ask Sen. Hillary Clinton shed likely tell you that it is further evidence of a vast right-wing conspiracy that is out to destroy her husbands so-called legacy and steer the nation toward mindless servitude to Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. (Maybe I should write the Democrats talking points.)
But the correct answer is: The new Helms School of Government at Liberty University. The Liberty University Board of Trustees has authorized the division of our schools of business and government into two separate schools, allowing us to dramatically improve the effectiveness and national reputations of each.
During the past 25 years, one of my political heroes and intimate friends has been Americas most consistent social, fiscal and political conservative, U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.). After more than three decades of successful service in the U.S. Senate (1973 2003), this man whom I call a national treasure has retired with his wife Dorothy to his home in the state he served well for so long.
Aristotle stated, The fate of empires depends on the education of youth. Those are powerful words that must inspire us to action. Sen. Helms and I have decided to pool our talents and resources to train thousands of young Christian conservatives to lead America in the 21st century. We have mutually agreed to establish the Helms School of Government at Liberty University.
Dr. Ronald S. Godwin, Ph.D., having once served as the first national director of the Moral Majority for 13 years and as the chief business officer of The Washington Times, has agreed to serve as the first dean of the Helms School of Government.
Dr. Godwin understands the kinds of graduates Sen. Helms and I want to send out to change our nation. We want to train the next generation of conservative local and state leaders, U.S. representatives and senators, governors, judges, public administrators, diplomats and law enforcement officials.
In addition, Dr. Godwin and I will call on our long years of associations in our nations capital and bring to Libertys campus a steady stream of the finest conservative thinkers and doers alive. A list of planned adjunct professors and visiting lecturers will soon be released. But I can report now that it is impressive and exciting. Prospective and current Liberty students may be absolutely certain that they will be exposed to the very best of the nations conservative strategists, activists, elected officials, journalists and specialists in all levels of state and federal government.
In addition, students will be given a greatly expanded list of internship opportunities in a wide variety of government-related career settings. Our goal for the Helms School of Government is to join with our Liberty University Schools of Law, Business, Education, etc., to make Liberty the worlds single-best source of Christian professionals.
I have spoken often in recent years about what I term my fourth quarter of ministry. Similarly, Sen. Helms and I want to spend our respective fourth quarters in service to our nation, helping to secure a solid base for continuing the cause of conservative, family-positive politics long after we have passed.
With our historic values being challenged as never before, we must accelerate our efforts to effectively enlist change, not only through the church, but through political and legal courses of action. I pray that Sen. Helms, born in 1921, still has many years to contribute to this cause.
During the past quarter century since I founded the Moral Majority, which is now called the religious right by our critics nearly 200,000 pastors, priests and rabbis and untold millions of religious conservatives, under many different banners and through multitudes of religious right organizations, have joined forces to do many noble things. We assisted in electing Ronald Reagan, two George Bushes, scores of socially conservative members of both houses of Congress and leading the charge against abortion-on-demand, same-sex marriage, the breakdown of the family, communism and, now, worldwide terrorism.
But we cannot simply hope for the best for America. We must train up future generations of leaders who will courageously and unapologetically champion the cause of conservatism. I truly believe that the Helms School of Law at Liberty University will be a place that sparks a national political offensive that literally changes the course of the American culture.
You do know that it is distinctly non-PC in the USA today even to speak the names "Helms and Falwell" unless in a tone of ridicule, condemnation, or condescension. Didn't the once Democrat hope, Howard Dean, go after this pair earlier in the year, along with Rush Limbaugh?
What courses of study will the new school offer (BS, MA, PhD)?
I would assume that Liberty already offers a B.A. in government or political science. Probably graduate degrees will be on tap in the future. I would think there is already an M.A. available too.
Maybe I should have been more specific. I would assume that a seperate school of government as opposed to a department of political science or government would offer more specialized degrees (i.e. degrees in international relations or public administration). My particular interest is in a Ph.D. program (last stop for me).
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