As regular readers of my blogging will know, I have developed a great deal of respect for Glenn Beck. I didn’t always like him. At first, I thought he was a clown and I set out to prove I was correct. However, because I took the time to read the things Beck was talking about – and more – I eventually had to change my opinion about him. Not only has he been honest with his audience about the things he has tried to teach them, he has been very judicious in holding back on what he hasn’t told them (yes, he has kept the ugliest stuff from his audience). Still, today, Beck asserted that it is the Constitution that makes America different – not her people. This is one of the most ignorant statements I have ever heard Beck make, but, rather than explain why it is ignorant, I think I will let the founders box Beck about the ears for me. After all, who better to correct his ignorance than the men who wrote the Constitution?
While relaying details about his recent vacation in Mexico, Beck asserted that the key to what makes America different from Mexico is not the people, but the Constitution. According to Beck, the Constitution is what allows people to be who they want to be; to do what they want to do. He could not be more wrong. In fact, this is the most ignorant statement I have ever heard Beck make. I have already attacked Beck for his claim that our rights come from the Constitution in a previous post. But, this time, I am not going to explain why Beck is wrong about the people and the Constitution. Instead, I will let the founders explain it first and then sum up the issue with a brief comment at the end of this post. So, without further delay, I give you the founders’ thoughts on the role of the people in the maintenance of liberty: