Elizabeth Schomburg

Institute on the Constitution U.S. Constitution Course Graduates Ricki Pepin, Constitutional Attorney Jack Carter, and Ashley Breidenbach, were interviewed by BBC for a four-part radio program to be aired in Fall 2017 titled, “The History of American Democracy.”

Anyone who has taken IOTC’s U.S. Constitution Course may question the title of the program, calling America a “Democracy.” Don’t worry, Pepin set the interviewer – a Cambridge University History Teacher – straight by informing him that America was actually established as a Republic, not a Democracy.

“This stimulated quite a conversation,” said Pepin. “He was taken aback by this statement.”

Pepin, Carter, and Breidenbach were chosen for the interview because they are establishing a foundation to commemorate the court case as one of the many ways property rights – that were to be protected by our Republican government – were violated by government overreaching into the private affairs of citizens.

The case involved an Ohio farmer (Filburn) who grew more than the FDR-Administration imposed “government quota” of wheat, and used the extra to feed his hogs and his family – and for the following year’s seeds. The FDR court ruled that he had violated the Commerce clause by doing so, because if he had not had his own wheat to eat and feed his hogs, he would have had to purchase some, which would have impacted Interstate Commerce.

IOTC highlights the Wickard vs. Filburn case in IOTC’S 12-lecture U.S. Constitution Course when covering the damage FDR did to our Constitutional Republic through monumental and unconstitutional government expansion.

Breidenbach did an outstanding job of answering all questions related to the history of this family and the case. As an attorney, Carter admirably and accurately addressed the Constitutional aspects of the case.  Overall, the 90-minute interview went exceedingly well, but sadly much will end up on the editing floor as the BBC gentlemen were covering at least four other stories to illustrate “The History of Democracy in America,” and this case is only one of them. They are also covering the Underground Railroad, the Scopes Trials, and other stories in California.

The photos, below, were shot on sight at the more than 100-year-old Filburn Farmhouse in Trotwood, Ohio (a suburb of Dayton).

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Anyone who has taken IOTC's U.S. Constitution Course may question the title of the program, calling America a "Democracy." Don't worry, Pepin set the interviewer - a Cambridge University History Teacher - straight by informing him that America was actually established as a Republic, not a Democracy.
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