According to Article III, Section 1, every judge in this country, all the way up to and including the Supreme Court, is subject to dismissal for behaving badly.
People who watch the news or follow court cases should pay particular attention to which judges act and rule according to Law and which act on their own hidden agendas. They are only there on Good Behaviour. They are not All-Powerful. We have the prerogative to BOOT them if they get out of hand. Let’s not forget that.
The Constitution makes itself veritably invincible. The last 35 words of Article II, Section 1 compose the Presidential Oath of Office, which contains little more than a solemn vow to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
So, as long as we continue to elect and inaugurate presidents, the Constitution, by reason of its own self, will continue to guarantee to all American citizens
the six promises made by the founding fathers and included in the Preamble:
- The privilege of living in a more perfect Union
- The expectation that criminals will meet with Justice
- Domestic Tranquility
- A Government that will provide for the Common Defense
- A Citizenry who will promote the General Welfare
- and that the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Posterity will be secure no matter what.
I hope no one has forgotten these things. I hope this is the country I live in.
Article I, Section 8, clauses 15 and 16 tells Congress to organize, ARM, train, and call forth a Militia to stand at our borders if necessary and REPEL INVADERS.
Gee. The leaders of our country ought to read this thing.
©. That is a very important symbol!
I am writing a book. I have been extremely cautious about releasing much information about it in fear that someone would steal my ideas and sell them as their own. I am not groundlessly paranoid. It has actually happened to me before with some of my art.
Enter Article I, Section 8, clause 8, which secures to me exclusive rights to my own intellectual property.
Becoming acquainted with copyright law in itself does not necessarily take one back to the Constitution, but that is where it came from.
So, just because I know this, am I going to sue the people who stole my work and made money off of it? No. I will take it as the flattery it was probably meant to be and be more protective of my ideas from now on, at least until I’m published.
Article I, Section 7, paragraph 2 clearly tells Congress not to expect any work to be done on Sundays, especially by the President.
The world we live in now seems to look at Sunday as just a part of the weekend, provided they haven’t sought careers which require working on the Sabbath. It doesn’t matter what the twenty-first century world has done to it, it is still a Holy day and the forefathers of this nation were well aware of the ramifications should they require anyone to work on a Sunday.
I am thankful for that.
Article I, Section 5, clause 3 states that each house of Congress shall “Keep a Journal” of its proceedings. It’s not called Documenting, or Recording, or even Writing Down. Congress is required to Keep a Journal.
Well, two journals, actually.
The heritage of journal-keeping certainly predates this nation, but I think it’s wonderful that those are the words they chose to put in the Constitution. Keep a Journal. It’s good advice for all of us.
My mother asks me to look up random things for her all the time. Tonight it was the duties of the Vice President and the Secretary of State. Right out of Article I, Section 3, I was able to read to her the only Constitutionally mandated duty of the Vice President (to be President of the Senate and break tied votes). Then I looked up the Senate Rules and found some really interesting items for her!
It’s funny how delving in to the Constitution starts the ball rolling to find out more and more about how our government really works.
Off topic here, but boy! Condoleezza Rice has quite the job description!
The Constitution of the United States of America was written in broad generalizations, so it could adjust to an ever-growing, ever-changing society. There is no need for micro-managing the affairs of The People. The Forefathers had great wisdom in this thing.
7 Articles and 27 Amendments, still worded in 18th Century English. So cool. :)
Fifty-two eloquent words which declare to the world what this country is all about:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Yep ~ all those things are still worth defending today.