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Why Bother With a Constitution?

ByCharles E. Brown

May 9, 2021
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As a person who studies history I can make the shocking statement that in 2021 the United States federal government, as well as some state and local governments, are more despotic, more dictatorial, and more totalitarian than King George III ever hoped to be in 1776.

Now, we may be saying to yourself: “But, unlike 1776, we have the Constitution to protect our rights.”

Oh yeah????

Ask yourself one very fundamental question: What good is our Constitution, that document which by design exists to protect us from the tyrannical whims of our government, if we do not understand or study it?

If you accept the fact that the Constitution is the law of the land (or at least will be until we formally, if ever, amend it) then you have to ask what good any law is if no one follows and enforces it?

Now, here is the big question:

If no one is bothering to follow and enforce the Constitution, what will stop politicians from grabbing unchecked and unrestrained power and abusing it?

Our Constitution besides being the oldest active constitution in the world, is unique in that its primary assertion is that our rights come not from government, but from our Creator. If the Constitution is adhered to, government can neither grant us rights nor take them away. “We the people” of the United States have unalienable rights and it is “we the people” that hold the power. Yet, through intimidation and deception, “we the people” have handed over that power to government. Once something is given away how difficult is it to ask for it back? As the giver of that power have we now come to terms with what we have given away and just accept it because it would be too difficult to demand that it be returned to us?

But what is it that we have given away?

It is not a sweater or piece of electronics: It is freedom itself! And without freedom we have given away life itself!

We didn’t temporarily loan the government our power in order to somehow get us through a temporary emergency. No, instead government came to us and demanded it. All we did was surrender this power because it was easier. They told us that in but a short time, even weeks, this loan would be returned and we all just sheepishly said “that sounds fair to help us all get through this emergency.” But now that loan is becoming more overdue by the day with the government taking more and more power and not returning any it.

The end result is that we are now, for all practical purposes, a slave state.

Recently, I had a friend from another country tell me that “your Constitution is antiquated. You need things like laws against hate speech, universal healthcare, etc.” What he was really saying is that “we the people” need to give the government even MORE power in order to enslave us even more.

Ronald Reagan said it best:

freedom is a fragile thing and it’s never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by way of inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. And those in world history who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”

Freedom can only be fought for by those who cherish it, and freedom can only be cherished by those who have experienced it.

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