Update: We’re all out.
An American patriot is someone who supports and defends the dream of the United States of America. The dream of America is encapsulated in its organizing document, the U.S. Constitution. It is the Constitution that every President, Senator and Representative solemnly swears to support and defend.
The Constitution describes the enduring contract between government and the people, explaining what we can expect from our government and from each other in our conduct. It is vital to our country’s health for each new generation of Americans to learn what those expectations are, to become acquainted with the freedoms and responsibilities of themselves and their peers.
To that end, through our new website, Progressive Patriots, we are offering a poster presenting the Bill of Rights, those first ten Amendments to the Constitution which are central in defining the rights and privileges of all people living under American jurisdiction. Flanked by the Statue of Liberty, this poster eschews editorializing and simply presents the brief yet consequential text of the Bill of Rights. Republican, Democrat, Independent, Green, Conservative, Liberal or Libertarian: if you support the Constitution, this is a poster you can support.
We’ve spent a lot of time mouthing off in support of the Bill of Rights. Now it’s time for us to put our money where our mouths have been. As of right now, we’re making this new Bill of Rights Poster absolutely free for public school teachers.
That’s right. If you are a teacher at any public school in the United States of America, we will send you an 18 inch by 24 inch Bill of Rights poster free upon request. When I say free I mean absolutely free, with no hidden charges, nothing else you have to buy first, no service fee, no shipping cost. Free. The poster we’ll send you has no advertising on it. No text but the Bill of Rights (and a union “bug”, the emblem of the American printing union that produced the poster). No picture but the Statue of Liberty. To avoid an appearance of opportunism, we don’t even put the text of any of our websites on the poster. We won’t sell your name and address to anybody under any conditions, and we won’t sell you spam. We just want the Bill of Rights in your classroom — if that’s what you want, too.
We only place three conditions. First, you need to pledge to us that you will put the poster up in a public school classroom or a public school hallway. Second, your shipping address needs to be an address at the public school itself, so we can be sure the poster is going to a public school teacher. Third, one per teacher, please; we want to make sure every public school teacher who wants one for their classroom can have one.
To request your free Bill of Rights poster, please send an e-mail to poster [AT] progressivepatriots.com with the following:
1. Your name and school-based address.
2. An affirmation that you’ll put the poster up in a public school classroom or hallway.
That’s it! If you’re inclined, we’d love to see the picture of your poster hung up in your school. Feel free to send on pictures, also to poster [AT] progressivepatriots.com.
These posters are available on a first-come, first-sent basis. We’ll do our best to keep up with demand. We DO have these posters on hand right now, so if you send in a request we should be able to send one to you pronto.
(We can’t afford to send out a free Bill of Rights poster to everyone in the country; if we could, we would. If you really want a Bill of Rights poster, and aren’t a public school teacher, we are also selling the poster in an 11 by 17 inch version. Click here to order one or more; the poster will be promptly shipped to you via CafePress.)
If you know a public school teacher who would like one of these posters to display in his or her classroom, please let them know. Spread the word!