The Constitution of the United States of America was drafted in 1787. The Judicial, Executive and Legislative segments of the government came into effect in 1789. The main purpose of the constitution is to establish the basic rights of all American citizens.
Its first three words – “We The People” – affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens.
When our founding fathers envisioned a document in which would grant citizens freedoms which they must retain at all costs, they envisioned a country free from monarchy and monopolistic control. We are a nation of not only laws but also of many millions of faces, personalities, cultures, and belief systems who have managed to state united for over 200 years because of this inspired document which sought to protect "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".
Lets ask ourselves what day we live in today and what world we want to pass on. One that ensures the freedoms and liberties designed to be passed on, or one which freedom is restricted by the fear itself.
Today we live in marvelous yet confusing times and we must be vigilant to the relentless attacks of the oppressive hand of tyranny whose greatest enemy is precisely that inspired document written by our founding fathers 239 years ago.
Benjamin Franklin was one of the architects of this inspired document known as the constitution and he understood that the greatest weapon tyranny has against the population of any respective country or nation is fear. Todays fear-mongering war is called the "War on Terrorism". A war that intends to fight some boogey man never clearly defined at the cost of each and everyones liberty; liberties secured by the constitution which we commemorate today. Notice that our right to privacy is no longer protected by the 4th amendment and is no longer respected because of fear of what a terrorist hidden in the mists of 99.9 percent of the population may be hiding in his junk emails.
Peoples rights to own guns is being infringed upon based on fear of who may be the next shooter, while ignoring that the most secure country in the world (Switzerland) has more guns per capita than any other nation; and also once more ignoring our second amendment right which grants the law abiding citizens of a nation the right to arm themselves, not in fear of the local gang banger, but rather in fear of an oppressive government who one day may want to take the rights for citizens to stand up against their own tyrannical government.
A wise man once said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This means that a if a populace can't defend themselves against a corrupt government, it will fall into complete chaos, misery and impotence. Examples: Mexico, Colombia, African Nations, and most other nations who are ran by corrupt governments.
Lets take a stand for this precious document that is more that just paper. Lets learn it and understand that rights and freedoms
are not easily recovered once lost. Lets take responsibility for having freedom and not coward down to politicians who just want more powers to themselves.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” - Benjamin Franklin
Here are the first 10 Amendments of the Bill of Rights
THE BILL OF RIGHTS – FULL TEXT
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.