The founders of the United States were not just political technicians putting together a set of regulations. They had researched history as to why governments over time, tend to become cruel and harsh. Their answer was that human beings could not be trusted with power. Many who gained power would misuse it to make themselves wealthy, to order others around, to increase their authority, and to benefit themselves, their friends, and their followers. This is why our founders gave us the Constitution.
The Constitution turns the principles of the Founding into a structure of limited government. Unlike other countries, where you are born into a class and stay there your whole life, the Constitution provides an environment for upward mobility. Your own efforts and resourcefulness determine your outcome, not your heritage.
For most people, reading the U.S. Constitution, much less understanding it, is a formidable task as much of it is written in legal terms but it is worth the effort. The Constitution is "The Supreme Law of the Land". Almost all elected and public officials in America takes an oath to uphold it. The President, Congress, and the Courts are all underneath the Constitution.
The Constitution of the United States
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
To understand the Constitution in our everyday language, it would read as:
We the people of the United States have created and agreed to this Constitution for the United States of America. We have done this in order to make our Union stronger, set standards for justice, keep the peace at home, provide for our common defense, promote our general well-being, and make sure that the blessings of liberty continue for ourselves and our descendents.
While I can't cover every detail of the Constitution here, I would like to highlight the Articles and encourage you to read the Constitution on your own. Freedom is not free. It carries responsibilities. As Benjamin Franklin once said, "We gave them a Republic, if they can keep it".
It is extremely important to distinguish between a democracy and a republic. A democracy is mob rule. An example of this would be five wolves and one lamb; the majority decides what's for dinner. In a republic, you elect people to represent you. In the history of the world, no government was or has been structured to ensure the rights of the individual. The Constitution is as revolutionary now as it was then because it does just that.
Credits to: Lee Greenwood and his song "God Bless The U.S.A." Thank you for making a great song. I think it makes many people grateful to be an American. When I here this song I feel proud and happy to be living in such an amazing country.