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Why is the Constitution Relevant Today?

why is the Constitution relevant today

very rarely in human history has there

been a society without a government but

what is government one dictionary lists

its first definition of government as

such a group of people who have the

power to make and enforce laws for a

country or area think about that for a

second is that what you think of when

you think about the government first of

all who are these people who have such a

great power how did they get to power

why do they have this power and when did

they get it government really exists

because it forces the people it rules to

do what it wants government naturally is

an enemy to freedom it has a tendency to

grow and accumulate more power not only

that but the people who make up our

government are easily tempted to have

use their power they may not always have

the interest of everyone when they make

decisions

many in government are likely there for

self centered reasons if they were

elected to join the government they are

tempted to do whatever they can to just

get reelected if they weren't elected

they're likely to stick around until

they die basically government is made up

of human beings and human beings are far

from perfect even the most beloved

leaders in history had great flaws which

brings me to the founding fathers or

framers as some people call them they

were the first leaders in the United

States government who came up with the

Constitution these guys knew they want

and because of that they do they should

limit their power

in fact the main purpose of the

Constitution is to limit the power of

the federal government article 1 spells

out exactly what the United States

Congress can do if it's not there they

can't do it

article 2 spells out exactly what the

president in his or her staff can do if

it's not there they can't do it

article 3 spells out exactly what the

supreme court can do if it's not there

they can't do it are you noticing a

pattern here all three branches of

government have power over each other so

that each branch doesn't become too

powerful article 4 outlines the

relationship between each state and the

others as well as the relationship

between the states and the federal

government

article 5 outlines how if there's

something you don't like about the

Constitution there's a way to change it

article 6 forbids a religious test as a

requirement for holding a governmental

position says that the United States was

responsible for debts at oath from

before and establishes that federal laws

and treaties that are constitutional are

the supreme law of the land article 7

describes how the Constitution is

ratified but things really got groovy

when a little later the founding fathers

decided to add the Bill of Rights which

are the first ten amendments to the

Constitution whereas the original

Constitution listed exactly what the

federal government could and should do

the Bill of Rights protected the rights

of every American as well as the rights

of the states rights like the freedom to

say whatever you want the freedom to

practice whatever religion you want

freedom of the press freedom to assemble

freedom to petition the government if

you have a problem with the government

the right to keep and bear arms the

right to not be tortured the right to be

judged by a jury of peers even for

certain civil trials the right to not be

locked up forever under no why

the right to have due process if accused

of a crime in general the right to have

some privacy and many others the 9th and

10th amendments need special mention in

here the Ninth Amendment says that the

bill of rights were not a complete list

that just because a right isn't listed

doesn't mean you don't have it the Tenth

Amendment says that all rights not

granted to the federal government by the

Constitution are reserved to the states

or the people and even after the Bill of

Rights there were additional amendments

that further protected the rights of

individuals like the 14th amendment

which give the right for equal

protection under the law and many other

rights if you really think about that

that means that there is a lot of stuff

that American citizens have a right to

do and there is very little the federal

government has a power to do until very

recently if the American government

didn't agree with something in the

Constitution they would have to get

three-fourths of the states to agree to

change it nowadays it seems that people

just interpret the Constitution and any

way they want to is the Constitution

outdated for half small parts of it is

but that's what amendments are for the

majority of the Constitution is just as

relevant today as it was 227 years ago

why because the idea that a government

is meant to have limited power is one of

the most revolutionary and progressive

ideas in history the founding fathers

knew that governments naturally grow in

size and power when this happens the

rights of the governed are at risk what

results is often a tyrannical government

that only cares about power

so the Constitution's main purpose since

its creation has been to limit

government power while simultaneously

protecting individual rights Liberty is

perhaps the most progressive idea to

ever exist it's the idea that you should

be able to do whatever you want to do as

long as you're not hurting anyone else

if you like having people boss you

around and telling you

to do all the time and then threatening

to lock you up or kill you if you don't

do what they ask then perhaps the

Constitution is not for you but for

those of you who like a little freedom

you should remember that you only have

the Constitution to thank for that