The work of many minds, the U. S. Constitution stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.
The US Government maintains a number of sites that have wonderful resources for anyone who really would like to now what this nation is about. If you have never read the constitution … the whole thing, you should. People are always quoting pieces of it out of context, but it is so much more — and so much better — than that.
The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are the three foundation documents of our nation and every citizen should be thoroughly acquainted with them. Lacking that, everyone who lives here and wants to live here should at least read them, the original, not what someone else says they are. The originals speak for themselves. Most people, most politicians, newscasters, pundits, and regular citizens misquote these documents or take sections out of context that change or distort their intent. Read them yourself. They aren’t long, they aren’t hard to understand.
We had a remarkable group of people who wrote these documents with a single intent: to make this nation in which we live a good and safe place. They did an amazing job especially considering the times in which they lived and that no one had ever done this before. To craft a nation and a functional government from the ground up (so to speak) was no small achievement. Ours is the original, the first, and in the opinion of many scholars, the best such document ever written. It has proved itself legally sound and adaptable to changing conditions.
These days, everyone and their uncle Bob seems to think they know better than our founding fathers, those remarkable men who crafted a document that would make us a nation. I doubt these would-be hijackers know much of anything.
Our Constitution is a brilliant and well balanced document. It allows change to adjust to historical alterations in the world while preventing any one segment of the population or political structure to take over the government. The Constitution protects us from those who would rewrite our laws based on their own biases and agendas. On many levels, it saves us from ourselves.
Madison, Jefferson, Adams and the rest of this remarkable group avoided using fancy and complicated legalese to produce a document that would be understandable to everyone — with no special training required. Anyone can (and no doubt will) quibble of the precise meaning of this sentence or that, but the overall intent of the document is clear.
To all those who don’t like our Constitution, but claim to be true patriots as opposed to those who want to retain the freedoms we were given on its creation: consider the implications of your own rhetoric. Who is the patriot and who is talking treason? Those who would rewrite the fundamental principles on which our nation and laws are built or those figure we should stick with the Constitution?
The U. S. Constitution was written to be accessible to any average citizen, even a child. Please read it. I am sure you will like it! Don’t miss the Declaration of Independence either. It is pure poetry!
See on www.archives.gov
- Founding Documents (capminaz.wordpress.com)
- Facts About the Bill of Rights on Its 220th Anniversary (history.com)
- 9 Things You May Not Know About the Declaration of Independence (history.com)
- The Constitution is down but not out (redalertpolitics.com)
- A Reflection Upon The Importance of Constitution Day (redalertpolitics.com)
- Constitution’s extra page shown in public for first time (news.yahoo.com)
- Demystifying the Law: The U.S. Constitution (blogs.lawyers.com)