Our Founding Legacy

March 10, 2014
By Alan P. Halbert

How many have taken the time to study the most important document in the history of our nation, the Constitution? Is it still taught in our schools, as a vessel of our future posterity as we brave an uncertain future, more so as Obama shreds its precepts daily?

Is it being discarded in favor of the expediency of the day?


This frail and meager & document spent its early life moldering in one government office after another shut away from all and forgotten as mere scraps of parchment that gave birth to a nation. We came together in a perfect union of disparate interests thrown together to provide for our common destiny, and well-being of all our citizens. Our nation has seen such heights of human endeavor and development with unparalleled cooperation among men giving rise to an economic power unrivaled in the history of the world. As well as such, lows that at times caused us to question our very existence as a nation, and a people to rise once again to fulfill our destiny among equals as the greatest nation in the history of the world.

From a rabble that would dare to rise up against the worlds only superpower of its day the British Empire, Parliament and the Tyrant King George III. The sheer audacity of these pilgrims, with all the confidence and brash behavior they could muster in an ultimate act of defiance that defines this nation’s birth as no other.

How many citizens have taken the time to gaze upon this noble experiment in self-governance and wonder upon its meaning to past generations, our children and ourselves or our posterity? While many would claim, it is only worthless bits of parchment; though its value is beyond measure in human potential.

Never before in the history of man, have a people chosen to challenge the natural order of their day and declare with one voice that each individual is sovereign to themselves and not subject to the petty demands of monarchs, nobles and kings, and today presidents.

Each is an equal among men and to each other.

This meager document written with the blood of patriots shed in battle that saw this nation’s birth and their sacrifice to a common cause to see its true meaning. The Revolutionary War was a bloody eight-year conflict that saw all too many defeats in the first six years; the turning point came at battle of Cowpens, from then on, the hand of providence assured our victory.  The Constitution was written in a time where only the educated or landed gentry could read the words written upon its pages; however, it was not written for these people but the common man and citizens’ of the day, all of them…and all that were to come.

It codified the framework for a national government of negative rights with its only charter to safeguard the citizen’s rights for all time.

It created a government of four branches, three of them co-equal they are follows:

Article I the Legislative Branch

Article II the Executive Branch

Article III the Judicial Branch

With such precision, to leave, no doubt, for future generations on the limited powers that this experiment in self-governance imposed upon itself by its citizens. It would have been easy for the framers of the Constitution to create a government that would cruelly exploit its citizens.

They did not choose this path, instead they created a document of such plain meaning that anyone could understand it, then, or at anytime in the future.

The Constitution is simply a declaration as much as the Declaration of Independence is, though this statement intended for King George III and his Parliament to redress our grievances against the Crown as freeborn English citizens. The Constitution is a natural extension of this declaration since the people understood that they were endowed with unalienable or natural rights, chief amongst these were “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

They proudly declared this fact to King George and the entire world.

Our founders chose their words carefully laboring as they drafted the Constitution to breathe life into it as they were going to raise a nation from the ashes of eight year’s of war.

They simply proclaimed that each citizen was vesting a portion of their individual sovereignty granted to them as natural rights by the grace of God to a Federal Government for the conduct of their affairs they found to be most pleasing to themselves.

This is why the first three words, We the People  are written with such boldness, emphasis and specificity that is not repeated anywhere else in this noble experiment of self-governance, known simply as our Constitution. So that the People would readily understand and grasp its meaning and know that, their future was pre-ordained by the selfless acts of many patriots’ that toiled under liberties call and gave birth to a new nation as they themselves dedicated their lives for it.

As Madison explained, the Constitution is:

“of no more consequence than the paper on which it is written, unless it be stamped with the approbation of those to whom it is addressed . . . THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES.”

This is the fourth branch of our federal government and it is time for this nation’s citizens to rise from their slumber and exercise their authority… as we are living in times of a Tyrants reign once again, and this generation will answer Liberties call once again, or perish under the cruel yoke of tyranny.

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