THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

September 17, 2010

Happy Constitution Day

Filed under: Constitution,Liberty,politics — danielhite @ 9:26 am
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It is amazing that ours is the only republic on earth that has lasted under the same Constitution–223 years! It is literally a political miracle! Birthday greetings and prayers are certainly in order for that.  Americans need to revisit our matchless constitution and become reacquainted with its genius and its simplicity.  Our honorable patriots of days gone by committed their all to preserve, protect and defend it.  American oaths honor it as “We the people” ordained and established it.  Certainly the least we can do as citizens of this great land, is read it.  The greatest thing we could do would be to know it, uphold it and proudly commend it to our children.  As Lincoln once said, “As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor;–let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the character of his own, and his children’s liberty.”

What our country absolutely does NOT need, though, is another Constitutional Convention (Con-Con). Today’s political climate is too hot and too cold and too atmospherically charged to render anything but overreaction and dissension.  Our founding framers, though animated and intense in their individual convictions, were single-minded in their Judeo-Christian worldview.  That is certainly not the case today. There are those Con-Con supporters who would subvert any good intentions and seek to fundamentally transform the foundations upon which our republic is built.  This must not be allowed to happen.  If needed, the framers gave us a sound method for Constitutional change–the amendment process.

I would recommend two books that read quickly and inspirationally:  We Still Hold These Truths, by Matthew Spalding, and The 5000 Year Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen (a simple and informative read long before Glenn Beck popularized it). Our founding fathers desired and created a limited, decentralized national government based on the eternal principles espoused by “the law of nature and nature’s God.”  We would do well to rediscover those timeless truths.

Want a good chuckle?  Read this James Madision quote from Federalist No.45: “The number of individuals employed under the Constitution of the United States will be much smaller than the number employed under the particular States.”  I long for that day. We could certainly honor our U.S. Constitution by returning to those originating principles it espouses.

Thanks to the Heritage Foundation for this short inspirational video:


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