The one thing I have learned in the last few years is if you want to effect change you must stay engaged in the process and address the tough issues we face today. Now many of you might be thinking there are so many problems that need addressing where to start? I believe the single biggest problem we face as a nation is our elected officials’ complete disregard for our constitution. The second biggest problem is the total lack of understanding by the citizenry of the document that protects their rights. I told someone earlier in the week that if people in this country showed as much interest in the constitution as they do for the NFL season oh what a different nation we would be. Let’s face it we either believe people cannot be trusted with liberty or we’re just too lazy to do anything about it and if either one is the case then maybe we have become a people that don’t deserve our constitution.
What I mean by this is in order for our constitution to work the citizenry must be knowledgeable of the provisions in it. They must be of high moral character. They must be willing to stand up and defend it against all those who would undermine and violate it. If we’re unwilling to do these things do we really deserve our constitution? I mean it’s one of the most important documents this world has ever seen and it’s ours. We should be proud of it. And yet we can’t even take the time to read it. We’re more interested in the player we picked up for fantasy football. We have taken our rights and freedom for granted and now the wolves are at the gates. Our founders who crafted this amazing piece of work did so to protect our rights against a government whose natural course is to encroach on our liberties. They believed so much in the principles of liberty that they pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to secure our rights and advance liberty so that we may have an opportunity to choose our own destiny. The believed in the individual and rejected the collective. Today we live in a society where a large segment of the people can’t even tell you what the Bill of Rights are and why they are important. How sad is that. After Ben Franklin emerged from the convention hall in Philadelphia he was asked by a bystander, “What have you given us?” Mr. Franklin replied, “A republic if you can keep it.” How’s that working out for us?
The truth is our constitution is under a continuous assault each day. It is violated by the same people who took an oath to support and defend it and we have let them get away with it. Our apathetic attitude has led us down this path and many don’t even realize just how dire the situation is. We are looking in all the wrong places for solutions to our problems. We look to tax cuts, deregulation, and cuts in spending. These are only symptoms of the disease and treating the symptoms doesn’t necessarily cure the disease. The disease is the continued violation of our constitution and until we address this issue all other problems will to take root and grow. Our constitution is the law of the land. It is the one thing we have in place that is designed to limit the size of government. The solutions we seek to our problems start and end with the constitution. And unless we change our mindset as a people and start demanding from our elected officials that it be enforced as it once was then America will continue to spiral out of control and we will not be able to keep the republic our founders gave us.
It’s time to learn about the document that protects each of our rights. It time for people to engage in the process. It’s time to cure the disease. It’s time for us to become a people who once again deserve our constitution.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!