The Power of our Constitution

by Richard H.  Frank

The question most often asked by average Americans is “What can we do about Big Government intrusion into our lives and its infringement upon our freedom?”  My answer is that we need to look to the two most powerful documents ever created in the annals of mankind.  They are The Constitution and our Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence established the foundation upon which our nation was to be built.  It enumerated the proposition that “All men are created equal” and “that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  That “Government, instituted among men, derive their powers from the governed.”  That “The governed have the right and to change such Government should it impose abuses and usurpations upon the People.”  The ultimate power rests with the People, “the governed” and not with the Government.

The Constitution defined the structure within which our Government is restrained to function.  The Founders went one step further to assure the sovereignty of the People by adopting the “Bill of Rights” as the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.  These amendments are clear in limiting powers of the Federal Government over the people and further enumerate rights of the People to live free from Government interference.

These first Ten Amendments were ratified effective December 15, 1791 and provide for the following:

  1. Freedom to exercise any religion, the freedom of speech and press and freedom to peaceably assemble and petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
  2. The right of the People to keep and bear arms.
  3. The right to refuse providing quarter to the military in time of peace.
  4. The right against the Government for unreasonable search and seizures without a warrant.
  5. The right of due process of law including not being compelled to bear witness against oneself.  No person shall twice be subject to prosecution for the same offense.
  6. The right to a speedy public trial, and the right to have counsel in his defense.
  7. The right of trial by jury shall be preserved.
  8. The right against excessive bail and fines nor shall cruel and unreasonable punishment be inflicted.
  9. The People retain rights other than those enumerated in the Constitution.
  10. Powers not specifically granted to the Federal Government, nor prohibited by the Constitution to the States, are reserved to the States, or to the People.

Preserving the principles enumerated in the Constitution is part of the oath of office taken by every member of Congress as well as our President and his cabinet members.  Thomas Jefferson best stated how Government should be controlled when he said, “In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

The Founders provided “We the People” with the tools to retain and exercise our sovereignty.  If only we take the time to understand what these tools are and how to use them can we remain a free people.  Elect only those candidates that understand the Constitution and will stand up in our stead to demand Government abide by the principles they have sworn to uphold,

One Response

  1. Our US government has and will continue to make policies that is aimed to help the interest of our Nation. Other countries do it and it would be shameful if this country just allowed our biggest companies to be taken over by foreign countries. Although, it is not perfect, it still is the best of all governments in the world! What do you think our government job is? Sit back and let our jobs go? Look at It this way, it is there to look at our well being…like a big brother..

    Wake up before it’s too late.

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