The Foundation of our Republic - Under Attack!
"On every question of construction let us carry ourselves back to the time when the constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or intended against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
- Thomas Jefferson
Shortly after taking the oath of office, George Washington penned the following in letter to English historian Catherine Macaulay Graham, "The establishment of our new Government seemed to be the last great experiment, for promoting human happiness, by reasonable compact, in civil Society." And that it most certainly was, a great experiment, to determine if a modern republican government could indeed accomplish the objectives outlined in the preamble of its Constitution; specifically unity, justice, domestic tranquility, security, and happiness.
Today, it is no longer an experiment. This form of government has given rise to the most prominent, egalitarian, and benevolent nation that the world has ever known. This is no mistake. The realization of the Founders vision was made possible due to the principles outlined in the United States Constitution; universal principles that transcend the generations and provide guidance for an independent, moral, and self-governing people. The only time our national character can be called into question is when we, the people, have strayed from these principles and sought political guidance elsewhere.
Unfortunately, 230 years of proven success is not enough to convince some Americans that the Constitution of the United States provides a viable model for sustainable and efficient government while also protecting the rights and liberties of the individual. In a recent article in Harper's Magazine titled "Constitution in Crisis," several prominent law professors and one former legislator argue that the U.S. Constitution is old, obsolete, and needs to be revised if the nation expects to ever reach its full potential. Within the article, Harvard law professor, Lawrence Lessig asked, "Do you expect people to rally around a document that has no connection to the democracy of today, or yesterday, or even forty years ago?"
Here at the Nevada Lands Council, we believe that the principles outlined in the Constitution are as relevant today as they were 230 years ago. Yes it's true that we have replaced the quill with the keyboard and the musket with the AR-15 but the principles that govern each of these elements, free speech, self defense, and security are just as much connected to the 21st century American as they were the 18th century Patriot. Here, we will highlight certain elements of the Constitution that are most aggressively attacked in today's society.
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Article II Section I & Amendment 12
The Electoral College
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.
Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, & Petition.
Freedom to Form a Militia & Right to Bear Arms
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.
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.