The reason I started teaching about the Constitution and Natural Law is because most people have either forgotten about them or like young people today, they have never been taught about these things in school.
When you are teaching the Constitution the most important subject you have to cover is Natural Law.
It is the cornerstone of the Constitution.
In this country’s charter document, the Declaration of Independence, the founder’s said this:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
These two sentences tell us four very important truths.
1. All men are created equal
2. Our rights come from God
3. Governments are formed to protect these rights
4. Governments get their powers from the consent of the people
Once you understand these things you can better understand the Founder’s purpose for the Constitution.
Alexander Hamilton said in Federalist Paper #33:
“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed [the Constitution], and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify”
The federal government is our creature, a result of the compact, the Constitution. This compact is a contract between the States and the People they represent.
The Constitution formed the federal government, it tells the federal government what it may do, the Bill of Rights tells the government about our God given rights it may not infringe upon and protects us further by forbidding warrantless searches, no quartering of troops in our homes without our consent, we must receive due process under the law, we must receive a speedy trial by a jury of our peers, no excessive bail or cruel and unusual punishments.
You must understand that the Constitution is not really about us, it is about the do’s and don’ts of the federal government.
So, if we want to know what the government may or may not do, all we have to look at is the Constitution. You have to know the rules so you know when they have been violated.
Our U.S. Constitution functions like a rulebook. It is the supreme law of our land, and dictates the limited, specific powers that we the people, by our consent, have given to the federal government to operate under.
In a country as large as ours, it is literally impossible for any government to know all there is to know in order to ensure the safety and happiness of the people. Our Constitution recognizes this, and therefore guarantees the principles of individual liberty, limited government, and federalism.
Under federalism we trust the people to govern themselves. The principles of individual liberty and limited government mean that there are certain areas of human activity that belong to individuals to decide, and that government should leave alone – either because no just government should have power over those areas, or because government could not make those decisions effectively.
Today, the Constitution of The United States is under attack from the left. They view it as an obstacle to their designs for an America remade in their own image. Being that obstacle is exactly what the founders intended. So it is no wonder the left despises the document that places limits on the role of government and recognizes the divinely granted rights of individual citizens.
Understanding the importance of the Constitution is a fundamental duty of the citizens living under it.
We, as citizens are responsible for the enforcement of the Constitution, for enforcing the rule of law on the federal government.
Until the American people realize and accept this fact nothing is going to change. We cannot expect someone else to do our duty, the duty of being the watchdogs of government.