Declaration of Independence

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.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Test on Constitution

I hope that you have gone to to print a copy of the United States Constitution. I also hope that you have read it a time or two. Here are some questions to see how much you are learning.

The Constitution creates what type of government?
a. A pure democracy
b. A Republican form of government
c. An aristocracy
d. An oligarchy

In the form of government expressed in the Declaration of Independence and defined by the Constitution, power flows:
a. From God to the elected officials, then to the people
b. From the elected officials to the people - God is not involved
c. From God to the people, then to the elected officials
d. From the people to the elected officials - God is not involved

The Constitution states that no person may be deprived of:
a. Life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness
b. Life, liberty or property
c. Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness or a decent education
d. Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, a decent education or reasonable housing has these questions plus twenty-two other questions as well as the answers. I suggest that you go to to take the whole test as well as to see how you did with the above questions.
I have my own copy of the Constitution and have read it several times. I found that I was guessing on numerous questions and realized that I need to spend more time studying the Constitution.
For the first 150 years our country was governed by our Constitution as it was ratified. Then presidents, Congress and the courts began usurping powers not given them by the Constitution. By doing so, they have taken away some of our liberties, which liberties we will probably never see again. An example would be the social security system. (I read somewhere that if Social Security had been in the Constitution when it was written, that the Constitution would not have been ratified because many people didn't want the government to collect lots of money just to disperse it!) Congress had no authority to begin Social Security, which is probably the largest Ponzi scheme in the nation where money is taken from the new "investors" to pay the old "investors." Now we have Medicare and Medicaid, both of which have branched off of Social Security. They are all so entrenched in our nation that no politician will be brave enough to even suggest that we do away with them even if they bankrupt our nation. Now Congress is trying to bring us a new health care system - which again they have no authority to do so.
We hear the Constitution, which is a rule of law, being referred to as a "Living Constitution," one that changes with the times and thus becomes a rule of man. The men who wrote the Constitution were good and wise men. They wanted the Constitution to stay relevant as the country grew. They wrote into the constitution the means by which it could be changed. They called these changes Amendments. Amendments have to be approved by two-thirds of the House and the Senate and ratified by three-fourths of the states. These changes are not easy to make and usually take several years. This is why presidents, Congress and the courts usurp authority that does not belong to them.
This is why we the people must know what is in the actual Constitution and why the Founders wrote it the way they did. We must have this necessary knowledge in order to pressure our elected officials and the courts to govern by the rule of law - the Constitution.

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