Monday, September 17, 2012

The United States Constitution: A New Order for the Ages

On this week, 225 years ago, the Constitution of the United States was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1787. It is important for modern day American patriots to know exactly what they are conserving, and that should be the values and ideas that helped found this country.

In his farewell speech, President Ronald Reagan spoke of “informed patriotism” and said that simply loving America was not enough. Patriotism to Reagan had to be, “grounded in thoughtfulness and knowledge.”

Americans this week should heed Reagan’s words and take the time to learn about the timeless ideas of this country’s founding. This is in large part what the rise of the Tea Parties in April of 2009 were all about, returning this country to its principles and away from politicians like former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.), who, when asked which part of the Constitution grants the federal government the authority to enact the individual mandate in ObamaCare, said dismissively, “Are you serious?”

According to many scholars the Constitutional abuses of this presidential administration are “historic”. This should worry every freedom-loving citizen.

Americans of today must be wary of politicians and political advocates who talk of nebulous “rights” mentioned nowhere in the Declaration of Independence or who, in fact, entirely dismiss the Constitution as a governing document.

The writing and adoption of the Constitution was a pivotal moment in not only American, but world history, and it is the bedrock of American liberty. It was the first time that a formal Constitution was made by the people and for the people. American government would not be doomed to be formed organically and simply by whoever was the strongest, but was instead carefully crafted by delegates chosen by the states. It was designed to work as a functional framework for American government, “Partly national; partly federal,” as the great delegate from Connecticut Oliver Ellsworth once said, a line repeated by James Madison in Federalist 39.

Besides being a practical framework for American government operation the Constitution was also designed to protect the rights of citizens that had been stated in the Declaration of Independence.

James Madison, who in his late twenties found his calling in life and dedicated himself to learning about creating governments and a constitution, is often called the “Father of the Constitution”. Madison once said, “The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”

Madison then, of course, wrote the Bill of Rights, containing the Second Amendment, which guarantees that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

An armed populace is the last defense of a populace if a government or segment of the population chooses bullets over ballots to impose its will.

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