Skimming the nets this morning and caught an article wherein the author points out –
“the average American’s grasp of the content and purpose of the U.S. Constitution is woefully inadequate and too often inaccurate.” From – A Few Reminders for the Constitutionally Challenged
The author, Thomas Mitchell, points out what every high school graduate in this country ought to know-
“The Constitution does not permit. It does not dispense rights. It grants limited powers to the various branches of government and then provides checks and balances.”
The Constitution LIMITS the power of government to infringe on the rights of the citizens.
The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence and The Bill of Rights should be standard, required material in the curriculum of every grade- K-12. How many folks watching the SOTU knew without being told that the President (supposed Constitutional Law Professor) mixed up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution?
And speaking of education, were you taught to give credit when using somebody else’s ideas, thoughts or writings? Does any of the following look or sound familiar? (Hint- substitute “Red State, Blue State for “Republicans and Federalists.”)
“During the contest of opinion through which we have passed the animation of discussions and of exertions has sometimes worn an aspect which might impose on strangers unused to think freely and to speak and to write what they think; but this being now decided by the voice of the nation, announced according to the rules of the Constitution, all will, of course, arrange themselves under the will of the law, and unite in common efforts for the common good. All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. Let us, then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecutions. During the throes and convulsions of the ancient world, do ring the agonizing spasms of infuriated man, seeking through blood and slaughter his long-lost liberty, it was not wonderful that the agitation of the billows should reach even this distant and peaceful shore; that this should be more felt and feared by some and less by others, and should divide opinions as to measures of safety. But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists .”
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