Hi America, I’m the Constitution, Remember Me?

“We the People of the United States in order to form a more perfect union establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common man, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America” – The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America

The above is taken from the document that established our republic. It worked extremely well to form and run our nation; it worked so well, we have nearly forgotten about it. There was a time where people knew what was contained in the document and ran our government according to that. However we have become a lazy, decadent, nation and now we know how many points per game our favorite basketball player averages rather than what in is the very document that is supposed to rule our land. Our lack of knowledge has been used to exploit us and it has costs us dearly. Some examples include the income tax, the anti-terror legislation that was passed after the Oklahoma City bombing, the Patriot Act 1&2, department of Homeland Security, FISA, and the recent financial bailout packages. If we were as informed as we should be, these types of legislation would have never passed.
The simple truth is most of the American public just do not know what is in the Constitution and this cannot continue. We are inundated with every form of entertainment and mental fluff to distract us and the constitution is not taught to our children in school; rather they have them memorize a few dates and gloss over the Constitution. We should know this document that is supposed to be the Supreme Law of the Land the same way we know the alphabet. We have a saying in my business, “If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any”, and that rings very true. A well informed society benefits the average person because of their knowledge; they cannot have the proverbial rug pulled over their eyes with any unconstitutional laws. This knowledge in turn keeps the government honest because of the people being up to speed.

Knowledge of the Constitution makes elections simpler and easier. Instead of who speaks the best or has the best slogan or making an emotional vote, voters can simply assess which of the candidates proposed policies and platforms are the best and lines up the most with the Constitution. I think having constitutionally-minded candidates will also bring in a quality that has been absent from American politics for far too long and that is honesty. Having honest politicians can only benefit the people, as we would actually have people in leadership positions that had the best interests of the people at heart because they would be well aware that the people would oust them if they operated in less than that capacity.
Aside from the reasons outlined here, you should want to know the Constitution and the law not only for yourself but for our posterity. We spend more time learning how to play a video game than we do finding out how our country works. How can you truly be a productive member of society if you do not even know the foundation on which our nation is supposed to be based? This is knowledge that needs to continually be ensured is taught to the next generation so that the republic can always improve and the consequences of not doing that would be a civilization in a steady decline as we are right now. If we continue to sit on our respective bottoms and continue to allow others to think for us, we, or worse our children, will wake up in a FEMA camp and wonder how we got there.

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