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Constitution still relevant as ever

Monday marked the 225th anniversary of the world’s most enlightened political document — the Constitution of the United States.

This document, which replaced the Articles of Confederation on Sept. 17, 1787, lives on as the blueprint for how a republic should work. It makes a grand statement, one that set course for a new direction in government.

Its seven articles and 27 amendments — the first 10, the Bill of Rights, were designed to spell out immunities of individual U.S. citizens and to close off the danger of tyranny from a central government — are what separate America from the rest of the world.

For some, these are just words on parchment. But for an American, they should be cherished. Because of these inspired words, Americans are free to speak words of their own without fear of government reprisal. We are free to pray, pontificate, protest, soothe, offend, encourage, criticize or just say nothing — whichever we choose.

As a gauge of the Constitution’s importance, you can look back to the first president, George Washington. Washington’s copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights — acquired by his Mount Vernon estate this summer — shows notes he made in that book. The notations, something fairly uncommon for Washington, show he looked at it closely as his guide for executing his duties as the nation’s chief executive.

We have to wonder whether many of today’s elected officials ever consult the document, or even have a copy in their offices. They would do well to follow Washington’s example.

Comments

chinaberry25 1 year, 7 months ago

For an American, YES it means a lot.

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gotanyfacts 1 year, 7 months ago

Excellent article. The question of our national leaders' knowledge of the Constitution is valid. Even if they all memorized the words, we still find ourselves dealing with the effects of judicial "interpretations" of meaning and intent. In general, these interpretations have weakened the power of the people to govern. Laws passed by the people of a state are struck down by "creative” interpretations. Judicial activism has made it difficult, if not impossible, to maintain the moral structure that, in the past, allowed our nation to be the envy of the world. (Yes, envy can result in jealousy and hate, especially among those lacking character.).

John Adams in a speech to the military in 1798 warned his fellow countrymen stating, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

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Trustbuster 1 year, 7 months ago

It has been violated numerous times by presidents, federal courts and congress. Every one needs to read Article 1 sec. 8 dealing with the enumerated powers of congress. It states that congress can only coin money. Why does the "Fed" exists?

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