Keys To Good Government: Foundations of American Government

Theatrical Release: July 14, 1999
DVD Release: July 4, 2011
Keys To Good Government: Foundations of American Government


Follow host and Christian historian David Barton as he contrasts our Founding Fathers’ views on public policy with those of our current government. Then, get to know outstanding patriots, including Benjamin Rush, Noah Webster, and Fisher Ames, who outlined the principles for successful legislature as a legacy for future Americans.

This 59-minute documentary invites viewers to revisit the counsel of great American men and learn how to reclaim the quality of the government the United States once enjoyed. This DVD can be purchased individually or as part of The American Heritage Collection: Seven DVD Set.

Dove Review

This two part documentary appears in one volume, and both parts form an entire DVD which should be viewed by Americans everywhere. This is a powerful and compelling DVD which features a lot of wonderful information. The first part, “Keys to Good Government”, starts off with images of the White House, the Statue of Liberty and amber waves of grain. The song “America” is played along with these mighty images and soon we see a photo of a classroom with students bowing their heads in prayer from a bygone era.

We learn that recently a court ruled against allowing a cemetery planter to stay which was shaped as a cross. Also, a speaker could not share his anti-drug message at a school because he was known to be a Christian minister. And amazingly the sentence of a murderer was overturned because a man had mentioned seven biblical words during the trial. Many viewers will shake their heads in disbelief as they watch these ridiculous situations which the courts are allowing in modern society.

Narrator and historian David Barton knows his stuff. The likable and educated speaker does a terrific job in sharing many historical facts about America’s Christian heritage and how that it is sadly slipping away before our eyes. He shares how secular-humanists such as Robert Ingersoll attacked Judeo-Christian concepts and how our country has been in a moral decline for some time. Abigail Adams in 1801 spoke of the importance of the private lives of political figures and candidates and her warning words sure echo in today’s fractured government and society.

The facts support Barton’s claims, such as that within ten years there was an increase of 200% of reported AIDS cases, and that teen pregnancies are up considerably.

In the second program, “Foundations of American Government”, we are told of a lawyer who admitted to never having read the Constitution of the United States while in college. Barton throws the focus on the issue of “Separation of Church and State” and shows that our founders intended there never to be one denomination in our country, but they certainly wanted the Bible’s continual influence in the country.

This is a terrific DVD and we encourage its viewing by every family in America. This one earns five Doves from us, and rightfully so.

Content Description

Sex: Comments about AIDS cases and teen pregnancies growing in numbers annually.
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Comments about needing the Bible and prayer in the government and how that has been resisted by secular-humanists in the last several years.


Company: Bridgestone Multimedia Group
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 88 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: David Barton
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter