Too often our Constitution – and the principles of freedom found
Too often our Constitution – and the principles of freedom found therein – is either not being taught, or if it is being taught it is being trivialized or misrepresented. In matters of political importance, our children – and we ourselves – are being conditioned to accept the media’s viewpoint and the politician’s opinion as fact and we never even think of referring to the document that serves as the supreme law of our land. Such ignorance of the Constitution has relegated it to a position of irrelevance or, at best, to be viewed as an antiquated, controversial document. But such ignorance is not without its very real negative consequences to individual and national freedom. No greater threat to America exists!
We have all but given up on the ideal of understanding and applying the Constitution’s truths to our individual or collective lives. We falsely assume it does not apply to us or, if it does apply, that such work is for lawyers and politicians. But the freedom it has upheld and defended for over two centuries is the inheritance of every single American. And, the freedom it guarantees to each of us – regardless of where we find ourselves on the political spectrum – will only survive if we individually and collectively take the personal responsibility to learn and to live the true principles of freedom it espouses. If we are to be free, we must learn what it says and, much more importantly, we must learn why it matters.
As James Madison so eloquently said, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
Knowing the principles of freedom will arm us with the power and wisdom to govern ourselves.