By Frank Laughter
In high school I first noticed that citizens raised in America had a serious lack of knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Constitution.
I think I first became aware of the problem by watching movies (1940-50 genre) where immigrants were required to learn some English, something about America, something about the Constitution, wait about 5 years, and take an oath, before becoming a citizen.
I soon realized that a naturalized citizen knew more about my country's foundation than I was being taught in history and civic classes. I decided to catch up with the new citizens and began to study history about the founding of the United States.
Fifty years later I'm still learning about those times and find that era more exciting and interesting as I read. I also find it perplexing that natural born Americans seem to know less about the Constitution today than they did fifty-years ago.
It's no wonder, however, when one listens to pundits on TV and history professors in classrooms who constantly misquote, misrepresent, and down right lie, as to what the Constitution is, what it says, and what it means.
Its a delegating document; not a law book nor a manifesto of rights. The Constitution was intended -- and does -- delegate from the people and the states to a central authority, certain powers needed to administer a central government "for the people."
A common refrain is that the Constitution "gives me the right to ..." Nonesense! The Constitution "gives" nothing. The Constitution PROHIBITS the central government from taking away. . . Amendment X makes it very clear:
Ignorance is expensive and troubling. The masses in America are ignorant and special interest in politics take great advantage.
The most blantant example is in the central government itself. Congress spins more yarn than anyone else. In 1973 a great power grab occurred between Congress and the Executive Branch as citizens stood by and watched.
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