Why We Need a Constitution

Many of us have wondered, what is this thing called “The Constitution,” and why do we need it?   We also may not realize how truly important it is to our pursuit and obtainment of happiness.

U.S. ConstitutionTo understand this, we need to take a step back and get a true insight on what government is actually supposed to be - indeed what is what intended to be by our country’s founding fathers.

Clint Eastwood recently said it best by referring to the government as our employees, and working for the American people.   Essentially, it’s just that.  The founders realized the importance of keeping governance in check, for it, in its very nature has been given power, to make decisions for us, the citizens, so that we don’t need to review all the multiple variables involved in those decisions, on a day to day basis.  There is a sacred trust in handing over that power, which was given to government, to do what’s right for our best interests.

However, in that power of governance is the seed which can grow into a bigger and bigger organization, which creeps into increasingly more areas of our lives.  And in a growing and more influential organization, that power increases until it becomes much more than what it was intended to become – overbearing institutions that have usurped the power that we had originally given them, for themselves and special interests of all kinds.

And when politicians speak of the Constitution as a “living document”, just realize that this is a euphemism for “We think its right to change the Constitution (to fit our opinion of relevance to our times)”.  As you learn more about the Constitution on this website and the film In Search Of Liberty, you’ll realize that the stipulations laid out in it, are directly, and each part of it, are about YOUR citizen’s rights.  And in a broader sense, YOUR human rights.

In this current type of governance, we also see the entitlement attitude in our politicians, which only paints the picture of citizens having lost control over its own governance long ago.  And so enters changing the rules (the Constitution) so as to create more control and power over its citizens.

The U.S. Constitution is a hard fought for, history taught ‘hammer and anvil’ created document that ensures governance remains in the hands of the people, and the people never lose their freedoms in the United States of America.  Lives have been given over and over again to preserve it and ensure that future generations live under the US Constitution.  Let’s realize the importance of it before we lose it.

Put not your faith in men, but bind them down with the chains of the constitution. - Thomas Jefferson

-Dan Riesling
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