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84% of Americans confuse the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence and think it is the Constitution that says: "all men are created equal." That phrase is actually found in the Declaration of Independence, the document by which our Founding Fathers declared their independence from England and their dependence on God.
•83% of Americans admit that they know only "some" or "very little" about the specifics of the Constitution. Even many American lawyers would have to admit their own ignorance of the document, if they were to be honest in their response.
•62% of Americans cannot name all three branches of the Federal government—the executive, legislative and judicial.
•24% of Americans cannot name a single right guaranteed by the First Amendment. Freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly are the major ones included.
•20% of Americans do not know the Constitution prescribes that the President is also the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces.
•Article I of the Constitution gives instructions for the organization and powers of a two-house legislature: the House of Representatives and the Senate.
•Article II establishes the Executive branch of government and vests executive power in the President of the United States.
•Article III provides for the judicial branch of government with one Supreme Court and such inferior Courts as are established by Congress.
•Article IV provides for Full Faith and Credit between the states, i.e., requiring that each state must recognize the laws of the other states.
•Article V provides a formal means for amending the Constitution. To date, only 27 amendments have been enacted by Congress and ratified by the states, while thousands of other proposed amendments have failed.
•Article VI provides that the Constitution and the laws passed by Congress shall be the supreme law of the land. In other words, these laws will control in the event that federal and state laws conflict. This provision is referred to as the Supremacy Clause.
•Article VII provides that ratification by nine of the original thirteen States was needed to establish the Constitution.
•The Bill of Rights, added immediately to the Constitution in 1791, includes the first ten amendments to the Constitution and guarantees many basic rights considered fundamental to the American way of life. The Bill of Rights includes the following: ◦Amendment I: Freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petitions to redress grievances;
◦Amendment II: Freedom to bear arms;
◦Amendment III: Freedom from quartering soldiers without consent;
◦Amendment IV: Freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures;
◦Amendment V: Freedom from self incrimination;
◦Amendment VI: Right to a speedy trial, assistance of counsel, and various safeguards at trial;
◦Amendment VII: Right to a jury trial;
◦Amendment VIII: Freedom from cruel and unusual punishment;
◦Amendment IX: Retention of non-enumerated rights by the people;
◦Amendment X: The right of the states and the people to reserve the powers not delegated in the Constitution.
Originally posted by gladtobehere
reply to post by L8RT8RZ
Generally, the one ones who want to debate its intent or meaning are the ones looking to violate it: ie the government.
IMHO its meaning and intent are very clear.
edit on 18-12-2012 by gladtobehere because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Sovaka
For me, my expressed concern was that "we the people", more appropriately put, the people of the United States and those around the world.
Do not truly grasp their freedoms and only listen to their Government as to what those freedoms are.
Such freedoms that are limited in scope by those that would be the ones to seek to control us.
How can we ever say we have freedom if those freedoms are conditional?
Clearly I am not an American citizen but the situation resounds world over... If one country is seen to control the masses and the masses comply, other countries leaders will try and follow suit.
As a people world over, we need to stand united and say No.
Our voice is not conditional on your likes...
We will not think what you want us to think.
Constitution of the United States of America, Article V: The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article, and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of it's equal Suffrage in the Senate.
Originally posted by timidgal
reply to post by L8RT8RZ
I think you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone, with the exception of constitutional law scholars or constitutional law attorneys, who has read the entire consititution.
For whatever reason, our forefathers purposely crafted the document ambiguously (I don't agree it was ever clear cut) and whether we like it or not, the form of government we live under gives the Supreme Court the ultimate authority to interpret the document in any way they see fit to suit SCOTUS's agenda.
Until we have some type of reform under which a Supreme Court judge is not empowered for life, I don't see the personal benefit of reading the document since they will continue to have imnipotent power in its interpretation.without fear of reprisal. I realize that this is an apathetic perspective, but it comes from a lifetime of watching our supposed "rights" stripped away from us one by one.
edit on 12/18/2012 by timidgal because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Lil Drummerboy
Well I certainly stand behind the laws and rights of the constitution
However people like george bush Jr have said things like "It's just a God#amed piece of paper"
Seems to me, thats about the timeline when our rights started disappearing.
This is a very important point.
Originally posted by L8RT8RZ
reply to post by Quadrivium
You make a good point. Prohibition was a big kick to it.
Happily, that was repealed, but it does show how easily "mob rule" can effect us.
The National Center for Constitutional Studies has printed a special edition copy of The Constitution of the United States that has been proofed word for word against the original Constitution housed in the Archives in Washington, D.C. It is identical in spelling, capitalization and punctuation. This 48 page Pocket Constitution also includes the Bill of Rights, Amendments 11-27, The Declaration of Independence, and a complete index of the Constitution.