Yes! Absolutely! You CAN understand it. You don’t need an attorney.
While writing “How Government destroys Liberty & Freedom” I realized patents are included in our Constitution. I learned it 20 years ago and had forgotten. Patents MUST be really important. Why do I say that? What else is in this document? Read it for yourself and find out. Before you do, allow me to suggest a few concepts and constructs to you.
Start “small”. Initially, concentrate on just the Original Constitution and ignore the Bill of Rights and the other Amendments to the Constitution. You can read them for more understanding later. The version I am linking, underlines the parts that are changed by amendment. Just ignore those parts. If you try to read and comprehend everything, your mind will overload and “short circuit”. You would not try to read the entire “bible” in one sitting would you?
Here is the link to a transcription of the U.S. Constitution that I printed and am referring to.
Print your own copy. Highlight it. Write your thoughts on it, etc. See if you agree with me.
Notice how SHORT this document is. 7 pages of language. 1 page of signatures. Only 7 pages? Heck, the “Healthcare bill currently being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court is reported as being anywhere from 2,400-2,700 pages long.
I believe it helps to think of this document as a contract. An Agreement. Why is this important? A contract must be clear. Able to be understood by the parties to the contract. Everyone that is a party to the contract must know what their requirements, duties, and limits are under the contract. Our Constitution was written in PLAIN LANGUAGE so the common everyday American, “Joe the Plumber”, could understand what was required of him. Additionally, PLAIN LANGUAGE was used so our citizen servants, whom we elect, would understand their duties and their LIMITATIONS. Notice our Constitution was NOT written for attorneys only. Why do I believe that? If it had been, then in the qualifications for each of the offices, along with age, length of citizenship, place of residence, etc. a qualification of Lawyer, Attorney, or Licensed to Practice Law would be included. There is no Attorney Qualification for any office, so the intent of our Constitution’s authors must have been PLAIN & UNDERSTANDABLE LANGUAGE.
Our Constitution is divided into Articles. Think of each Article as a chapter of a book. A separate subject. Article I speaks to the Legislative Powers. Article II, the Executive Powers. Article III, the Judicial Power. Also note Article V, Amendments.
In page length, Article I, Congress’ legislative powers, is almost 4 pages long. The President’s executive powers are about 1 and 1/4 pages long. The Judicial powers are a little over 1/2 a page long.
Why do legislative powers make up the majority of our Constitution? 4 of the 7 pages?
Look for these words in Article I, Section 1. “All legislative Powers herein GRANTED shall be vested in a Congress…”
Next look in Article I, Section 8. “The Congress SHALL have POWER TO …” and then follows what I call “the laundry list” of powers granted to Congress.
Section 8 is nearly 1 page long. 1/7 of our Constitution. Why? Because these are the Powers our founders argued about and for. What is the saying ? “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely…” Our founders understood this from experience. They lived it. They fought a war against it. They lost family and friends and fortunes during the struggle from England. Our founders also knew what powers they needed as our first constitution, the “Articles of Confederation” was not working. Consequently, our founders were identifying, listing, WHAT specifically our new Government can do. Nothing more, nothing less. What SHALL our new Government be allowed to do? Re-Read those words I have highlighted, in context. This is where the theory of LIMITED GOVERNMENT comes from. If the proposed action, POWER, is not included somewhere in this Constitution, or the 24 amendments later adopted, then our Federal Government is not suppose to be able to do it. NOT Constitutionally authorized.
I want to leave you with this concept. When 2 people enter into a written contract, a phrase is always included that says something like “This written contract is the entire agreement, no oral modification is allowed. If the parties wish to modify their rights, duties, or responsibilities under this contract, then it SHALL, or must be, modified in writing, signed by both parties…”
Read Article V. Why is an agreed way to modify or change our Constitution included in this “Contract”? I submit to you our Founders understood there would be changing circumstances in the future. The language they used was carefully chosen and clearly written so everyone understood their duties and responsibilities under this new “contract”. No oral modifications. Does that sound like “living and breathing” document to you, with changing meanings? I argue NO. If you don’t like what it says, then let us AMEND it as provided for in our contract.
May we all re-new our understanding of America’s Foundations.