September 17 – Constitution Day

Posted by Larry Miller on September 16, 2013 under Why | Be the First to Comment

On September 17, 1787 the US Constitution was signed by 39 American patriots. We hear a lot from people who want to tell us what they think the document says. They would take the combined work of the men whose endurance of the hardships of the first American Revolution gave them a unique perspective on the country they were forming.

Politicians and commentators have not given to the nation what the founders did, yet they think they have a better idea of how a country should work. They the believe their wisdom is superior to both the rest of us and the courageous founders. Unfortunately, I have seen neither the wisdom nor the courage of those who would take us in another direction. They believe that the nation that was born out of a struggle with an oppressive government should now have an oppressive, controlling leader of its own.

Lets look at what some of these men had to say:

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
John Adams

This is the area that has gotten us in more trouble than anything else. The progressive elites have been working overtime to draw the people away from our Judeo-Christian roots. In spite of the First Amendment, which says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”, they have done their best to prohibit the the free exercise of religion that places God above their government.

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.
Patrick Henry

The Constitution shall never be construed… to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.
Samuel Adams

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
James Madison

Both Adams and Madison give lie to the idea that the Second Amendment only applies to militias organized by the government. They both recognized that armed citizens provide a balance to a government that wishes to control, rather serve the people of the land. Oh yes, and George Washington had this to say, “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”

Is it any wonder those wanting to gain control over our country would be looking at taking from the citizens the ability to defend themselves from their leaders nefarious schemes?

Then we see what Abraham Lincoln had to say about the relationship between the document, the government and the people:

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

Then, on the light hearted, and almost prophetic side, Will Rogers had this to say:

Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators.

The constitution is more than a historic document written on aging parchment. It’s more than a pocket sized booklet many of us carry and refer to frequently. It’s a guide to good government that, when it’s followed, gives “liberty and justice for all”. In a sense, it’s much like the Bible in our personal lives. If we follow it, we will be in good shape… We ignore its words and spirit at our peril. In both cases, there those who would lead us down the path of destruction. It’s our choice whether or not we will let them.

Bookmark and Share

Add A Comment