Constitutional Insights

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How are the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution connected?

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Constitutional InsightsThe “self-evident” truths in the Declaration of Independence grow out of “the Law of Nature and of Nature’s God…” The Natural Law referred to is recognized by the Constitution. This recognition was critical to balance the need for an organized society and every individual’s natural desire for freedom. The…

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Are We Really in the Middle of a Constitutional Crisis?

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Constitutional InsightsMany of us have a growing awareness that the federal government is overstepping the bounds of its constitutional authority. Charles Murray, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, recently published a Cato Letter, “Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission.” It should leave all freedom loving Americans shaken. His introduction begins “The…

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This week’s Point To Ponder: What is the Role of Government in the lives of free people?

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Constitutional InsightsWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from…

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Why study the Declaration of Independence to understand the Constitution?

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Constitutional Insightsby David Shestokas ,Constitutional Sound Bites Study of the Declaration of Independence is crucial to understanding the Constitution. The Declaration told England’s King George and the world why the colonies were separating from England. Importantly it also explained to the American people the philosophy of the new nation. Without…

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This week’s Point To Ponder: The 1st Amendment Contains 5 Individual Liberties. Can you name them without looking?

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Constitutional InsightsThe 1st Amendment Contains 5 Individual Liberties. Can you name them without looking? If you can’t HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN THEY ARE BEING TAKEN AWAY? Freedom of Religion: You have a right to practice any religion that you happen to choose and the government can do nothing to…

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Do You Know What the U.S. Constitution Really Is?

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Constitutional InsightsIs the Constitution of the United States, as some believe, a contract between the people and the federal government? You may be surprised at the answer. In 1776, thirteen individual colonies declared their independence as “Independent Nation States.” In 1783, the Treaty of Paris, signed by the thirteen, plus…

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The Founding of a Nation on Ideas

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Constitutional InsightsIn 1787 the American experiment in self-government was in danger. The country had been founded just 11 years earlier based on ideas that had never before served as principles to guide a nation. In 1776 The Declaration of Independence summarized these ideas. The principles revolved around beliefs in the…

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This week’s Point to Ponder: Are We a Democracy?

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Constitutional InsightsWhen we understand what a Constitutional Republic really is we become aware of our own responsibilities. We need to know WHY our framers chose a Constitutional Republic. So let me take a shot at explaining. Our framers knew that they wanted to preserve Liberty. They wanted to choose a…

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Constitutional Insights (introduction to this weekly series)

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Constitutional InsightsQuestion: Is the U.S. Constitution relevant today? Some argue that it cannot possibly be relevant because our founders could never have foreseen the complex, interconnected world we live in. In addition, some claim it was created by fallible men, and therefore must be imperfect. Others argue that it affirms…

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