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“In the Constitution” Published in The Washington Times What an opportunity

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“In the Constitution” Published in The Washington Times
What an opportunity and what a blessing! A friend referred me to a Washington D.C. group that was being organized called the National Constitutional Literacy Campaign. They liked what I was doing and offered me the opportunity to be a partner in their coalition and to publish an article in a special section of the Washington Times dedicated to exploring the question: “What Inspires Me About the Constitution?” My article is entitled “The Power of Principles”. (Click HERE to view the pdf of the full-color special section that came out this week in the Washington Times. My article is about half way through. Or, you can access the article online by clicking HERE or by going to http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/8/constitutional-literacy-the-power-of-principles/. My article is also copied in its entirety below.)

I am learning the power of networking and of taking opportunities that are placed in my way. It is in that same spirit that I’m hoping you’ll forward this message of the Constitution Bee on to your friends, family and those within your sphere of influence so that we can get these principles into the hearts and minds of as many Americans as possible!

You never know who it will reach at just the right time!

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Here is my article:

The Power of Principles – What Inspires Me About the Constitution

Words have power. Ideas stir the soul, but until ideas are embodied with words they are only dreams that fade away when the bright sun of reality dawns. What the brave men and women of 1776 did was face into the sun and boldly declare what they knew to be true, knowing that the probability of such ideas surviving was – at best – a dream.
Though true and revolutionary for its time, the self-evident truths of the Declaration were not new: that man is born equally free; that man’s freedom comes from his Creator – not from other men; that government is man’s servant, not his master. These were ideals that many men had dreamt of before. What made the Declaration unique was that men wrote down such ideas in public defiance of those in power, knowing full well that taking such a stand could cost them their lives.
Such words and such stands on principle eventually birthed a nation whose conception was unique in all of history because, as Lincoln’s immortal words declared, it was born, “of the people, by the people, [and] for the people”.
But, even after victory in the war for independence proved that such ideas were not just theoretical, these ideals – these principles of freedom – were dying on the vine. There was no doubt that they were true and that they were powerful and that they stood nobly on their own – but they did stand on their own. They had no structure to bear them up and no place they could call home – that is, until the summer of 1787 when 55 wise and humble men acknowledged that being right on principle wasn’t enough for their fledgling country. What they recognized was that what their country also needed was to be right on pragmatic institutionalization of those principles – principles which appeared to bristle at such institutionalization.
So, they set off to build such a structure. And, to their credit and to our great blessing, when the foundation for such a structure – though firm – appeared too small and too restrictive they resisted the urge to build out and to build up because such expansion resembled too much that of a castle built for a king; and theirs was a quest to build a nation of kings, each ruling over his own individual kingdom – free from governmental intrusion on his life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
I am inspired by the Constitution because it rescued a dream that was fading away into the annals of history and breathed life into it again, making it a multi-century reality for millions of dreamers like me.
I am inspired by the Constitution because it took on, and continues to take on, the seemingly impossible balancing act of governing over men without over-governing them.
I am inspired by the Constitution because it took the Declaration’s lofty ideal of delegated, limited power enshrined in the words , “deriv[ing] their just powers from the consent of the governed”, and inscribed it into the 18 clauses of its 1st article and 8th section.
I am inspired by the Constitution’s Article I, Section 10, wherein it ensures that men’s “pursuit of happiness” will not be inhibited, nor aided, by government.
I am inspired by the Constitution’s 5th amendment which brings to life the proclamation, “that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men” with its guarantee of the protection of life, liberty and property.
In short, I am inspired by the beautiful marriage of lofty principles and sound structure found in our Constitution. I raise my voice in support of and in deep appreciation for this great document that serves as the supreme law of our land and I join with William Gladstone who called it, “the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.”
It is with this backdrop of deep respect for the principles of freedom found in our Constitution that the national Constitution Bee is being launched. For, as the founders so wisely understood, regardless of how powerful these principles are, if they don’t find a home they will die. And, what better home – what better receptacle for such principles – than in the hearts and minds of America’s most valuable asset – its rising generation!
The Constitution Bee is on a mission to teach youth the powerful truths embodied in that great document in ways that make it exciting, applicable and absolutely critical to our present-day happiness and well-being. So, that when the inevitable – and quickly approaching – day arrives when the monumental question is asked of our nation’s youth, as it was asked of our nation’s founders, “ Who will take a stand for the principles of freedom?”, our youth will be armed with the knowledge and with the courage to boldly declare, “We, too, hold these truths!”

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The power of principles
Ideas stir the soul
ideas were not just theoretical
without over-governing
beautiful marriage of lofty principles and sound structure
The power of principles
Ideas stir the soul
ideas were not just theoretical
without over-governing
beautiful marriage of lofty principles and sound structure
The power of principles
Ideas stir the soul
ideas were not just theoretical
without over-governing
beautiful marriage of lofty principles and sound structure