Constitutional Insights (introduction to this weekly series)

Question: 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 absolute principles and values that have been time tested through hundreds of years of human history and form a bedrock protecting individual rights, self-reliance and the wisdom of limited government.

Over the course of the next few months, this column will explore some of the What, the Why and the Principles behind our documents and examine our founders’ reasoning.

These insights are intended to encourage everyone to ponder the lessons for which our forefathers fought and died to assert and preserve the freedoms and liberty of countless generations. As heirs to their work, integrity and brilliance, we owe them and ourselves a few precious moments of our time.

We hope this column will provide an opportunity and “excuse” for you to do your own exploration, to challenge these principles introspectively and renew your personal pledge to our great “experiment” called the United States of America.

It is said that at the end of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 when a Ms. Powell asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, doctor, what have we got – a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin replied, “A republic … if you can keep it.”

Note: Constitutional Insights will be a weekly series with “Points to Ponder” contributions from KrisAnne Hall, (Constitutional Attorney, Author, Speaker and Radio Host) and “Constitutional Sound Bites” from David Shestokas (also Constitutional Attorney, Author and speaker).  Both have different styles but are very respected, renowned authorities on our Founders and Founding Documents.

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