Essay 2 – The Main Principles (and Who Am I?)

We have a very large and growing percentage of our people that do not know or understand anything about our Constitution, the form and function of the government that it creates, and the fundamental principles that it was built upon. More and more are buying in to the erroneous notion that the Constitution is simply an outdated document concocted by rich, white, racist, slave-owning men, and, as such, because of those reasons and that we have progressed so much in our technology and basic ways of life, it should be considered obsolete to our current, modern circumstances and summarily dismissed. While true that many (not all) of the founders who created the Constitution were slave owners and probably burdened with many other flaws, if we disregard the brilliance of the Constitution because of that, it will result in our collective peril. Let’s face it, if we were to dismiss everything that flawed men created, we would need to dismiss everything ever created by men, as all men are flawed. Alternatively, just because a flawed man created a thing, it does not mean that thing created is as flawed as that man. I believe that if you indulge me and follow along my reasoned arguments in these essays with a rational and open mind, you will have no choice but to agree with my conclusions. If not, I would welcome any reasoned arguments for debate.

In the first few essays, I will lay down the foundation and describe the main principles behind the Constitution and the Republic that it creates. The first essays will discuss these four main principles:

  1. The sovereignty of the people

  2. Natural rights

  3. Limited government

  4. Human nature

We can debate which principle is more important than another, but that doesn’t really matter. They are all important, and working together, they create the basis upon which the Constitution was built and should be used to measure all issues that we debate.

So who am I to talk about the Constitution and the ideas and principles behind it? A politician holding high office? No, I’ve never held any office. A professor of political science? No. A lawyer who specializes in constitutional law? Not even close. How about a political pundit/talking head on TV? Nope, I’m not that either. So who am I? I am none of those so-called “experts”. Yet, I am the most important cog in the entire system of government our founders created for us. I am the Informed Citizen. Without me, the entire thing falls apart.