What is the Constitution of the United States of America, Really?

April 13, 2012

     

     BY— Bertrum J Meisner Jr.

      If you were to ask that question of average Americans on the street, you would get a variety of answers just as diverse as the people you asked.  In all probability you would hear a range of answers that run the entire gambit of possibilities. Some would say it is an ancient piece of paper. Some would say it is the basis of our government. Some would say it is the law of the land. Someone just might say it is a building in Washington DC.  I won’t address the hopelessly ignorant answers because that is not what this article is about.

      Most Americans have at least a vague concept of what it is and why it was created.  But few Americans truly understand what it is and the design embedded within it. Let me start by saying that it is an ancient document in the same sense that any piece of paper that has survived for over two hundred years is but, that is not all that it is. It must be said that just because a piece of paper is an antique that doesn’t make what is written on the paper antiquated. Concepts and ideologies can transcend time and can be valid long after the papers they are written on have rotted away.

      The concepts and ideologies written on the Constitution are just such transcending concepts and ideologies.  It embodies the concept of an ideal government for a truly free people. It is based on the concepts and ideologies stated within the Declaration of Independence.  The Constitution takes the Declaration of Independence one step further.  It lays out how the government should be structured and managed in accordance of the Declaration’s ideals. The Constitution and The Declaration have to be used in unison, separately neither is worth the paper they are written on.  Most people think that the ideals written within the Declaration are actually in the Constitution but that is just one of many misconceptions about the Constitution. The Constitution is really a manual on how to conduct the business of America’s government and the Declaration is more a statement about what men should expect from their government.

     The Declaration of Independence is really the heart of our government.  It is here that we first hear the words:

 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

     These are the most important and revered words in our government. All of our laws are derived from them and our government’s behavior is supposed to be based on them. You could say that the Declaration of Independence was America’s mission statement and the Constitution is its rule book.  The Constitution adopted the Declaration’s concepts and ideologies and made them the rule of law.  That is why they are inseparable.

     The quote above talks about the unalienable rights of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The “Liberty” part is the most important part of that equation, it is the part that makes our society a free society. Yes, pursuing happiness and not being killed are important but freedom is the most important part in the formation of our government and in our government’s role in our lives. Without the freedom we would have no rights to exercise.  The Constitution clarifies those rights or freedoms because they are the same thing.  Every time you lose a right you lose a freedom. That is why the Constitution is the most influential ingredient in our government. There would be no rights without it, so if the Constitution is abolished from our government, then ALL of our rights would likewise be abolished.

     The Declaration is the cornerstone of our government and the Constitution which gives us our rights, composes the rest of the foundation for our government. Every time you remove or change a single letter within the Constitution you are chipping away at the very foundation of our government which will in turn weaken our way of governing.   If you remove the Constitution or any part of it you remove the very foundation of our government.  Anyone can tell what happens when you destroy a house’s foundation, it will collapse.  America cannot be free without the Constitution.

     That explains the Constitution’s purpose but it doesn’t fully explain the ideals embedded within its words and the Declaration of Independence’s words. I mention both documents because like I said before, when discussing the ideology of our government, they are inseparable. In order to discuss the ideology of American’s Democratic Republic we have to look deep inside both documents. 

     There are many misconceptions about the Constitution but one in particular is more dangerous than all the others. There is a huge following of people in America on both sides of the aisle, the right and the left, who believe this misconception to be factual.  It is no accident that people believe it, because it is taught in our schools, stated on our streets and broadcast in the media. The misconception was created by design from the far left. It was created to corrupt the Constitution from within. Their favorite tool to corrupt the Constitution is to misquote the Constitution and thus change the interpretation of the constitution.

     The “misquote or the misconception” of the Constitution, that I refer to is the belief that the Constitution states there must be a “separation of church and state”. Not only are these words not used in the Constitution but they cannot be encountered in any of America’s governing documentation. The interesting thing about this is that they are used in another Constitution, but not ours. They are stated “word for word” in Russia’s Constitution. What does that say about the concept? Our founding fathers did discuss and use those very words in their correspondences but they purposely left those words out when creating our government. That also should tell you something about our founding fathers’ intent.  

     It seems so apparent that they didn’t want a separation of church and state or they would have stated it within the Constitution.  There they must have had some very good reasons for the omission. One reason probably was because it is virtually impossible to separate an elected official from his religious mindset. Without even thinking about it, every elected official would govern by his religious convictions. From this you might deduce that we should only elect people without any religious influences.  That would be impossible because even an atheist has preconceived ideas about religion which would influence his judgment as well.  The only difference is that his religious inclinations are void of any God other than man.

     Another reason they were not inclined to include the separation doctrine is because it is impossible to separate God from a government based on these words which are found in the Declaration of Independence:

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

     If you read on, the next few words are even more important for our government because without them there would be no rights within our government:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

     If you remove the church, by which they mean God, then there is no creator or God to endow unalienable rights to man. Without God there are no rights and therefore the Constitution is null and void. This makes the entire premise of the Constitution worthless and invalid.  That is why the Anti-Constitutionalists fight so hard for atheism in America. If they can remove God from our government then our government will collapse, just like a house of cards without a foundation.

     The founding fathers never intended to remove God from our government.  If they did then I ask, why would they have referred to God so many times within their founding documentation? I also ask, why did they quote the Bible so often throughout the documentation? If you research the Bible along with the Constitution you will find many ‘word for word’ quotes from the Bible.

     The founding fathers did however intend to keep the government from becoming an arm of any religion.  They didn’t want it to become a puppet of the Catholic Church, the Lutherans, the Quakers or any other religion on the face of the planet. They saw nothing wrong with expressing one’s beliefs within our government as long as elected officials didn’t force those beliefs down America’s throat.

     The actual words used in the Constitution regarding religion are as follows:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

     This is only states that Congress cannot make any laws in respect to religion nor can it prohibit anyone from practicing their religion.  It does not say the government buildings must be void of any religious banners, crucifixes, the Ten Commandments or religious artifacts.  You may notice the above also states that the government cannot prohibit anyone from practicing their religion. When you hang the Ten Commandments in your government office this is practicing your religion.  Hanging such an item is not making any law “respecting an establishment of religion” and therefore it is within the parameters of the Constitution.

     The founding fathers also made many private correspondences where they stated that they had created a Christian based government with Christian values.  With that being said, then we can surmise that our government was created as a Christian government and thus not void of religion.  This goes against everything that is being taught in the public schools today and reported in the media.

     We have to understand the Constitution for what it is and what it stands for.  We can’t depend on our government to protect it or us, especially when they are purposely distorting the very foundation of our government.

     The Constitution is not perfect and I don’t want anyone to think it is. Imperfection can only breed imperfection and since man is imperfect anything he creates is imperfect.  The Constitution however is the closest thing to perfection in the rule of law which has ever been devised by man.

     The Constitution in its simplicity establishes the division of power not only among the three branches of federal government but also among its states and citizens.  Each of those powers is given a hierarchical status and all of government’s powers were intended to be subservient to the citizens’ powers.  According to the Constitution people power is the ultimate power in America and that is because all governments always exist only to increase their power. The Constitution’s main purpose was and still is to rein in those rogue government powers.

     It is this area that where the constitution has been subverted more than any other area.  The federal government is rapidly transforming the states’ and the citizens’ powers.  At the present rate of transformation, within ten years the federal government will be the only entity left in America with any power. The Declaration was written to fight just such tyranny and the Constitution was written to keep such tyranny from returning.

     So what is The Constitution of the United States of America, really? It is all of the above and much more. It is our only defense against a corrupt government.  It is the guide book for our government to govern. It is the guide book for us, the people to keep our government honest. It is the rule of law in America and it is a thorn in the side of all those who want to subvert our government and remove our liberties and freedoms.  It is a thorn that must not be removed because if it is removed then the thorn will surely be impaled through America’s heart and that would send all our freedoms to the morgue.

     Therefore the Constitution is America’s first and last hope for survival. It has to be our rallying cry, after all it is America.  We must all surround it and protect it at all costs. — BJMJr

 

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