The 12-minute video presentation “Thumbing Through the Constitution” is the third presentation in the constitutional series called “I Want to be Free” designed by professor Harold Pease Ph. D to share with America why the Constitution is so special and relevant to our day.
In this presentation he asks viewers to memorize the outline of the Constitution before jumping into the document. He compares doing so to a house mover entering the new home to ascertain the proximity of the rooms to each other before he unloads the moving van.
Article I identifies the authority of the legislative branch, Article II the executive, and Article III the judicial. Each has a limiting clause. Article IV outlines the relationship of states and the federal government. Article V describes how changes are made in the Constitution. Article VI the document, as interpreted by the Founding Fathers, is made the supreme law of the land. Article VII the ratification of the Constitution. Next follows the 27 changes made to the Constitution, the first ten of which are the Bill of Rights. Some emphasis is given to the Amendments 9th and 10th. Amendments 11-27 come through the next 225 plus years.
Notice the handcuffs of the Constitution, which are many. Never forget that the Constitution is designed to limit the federal government. So many from both major political parties have forgotten this. Again, memorize the outline of the Constitution and demand that the government restrict themselves to these handcuffs; if not you than whom?
This 21-minute video “The Constitution: Why it Matters?” is presentation number two in the “I Want to be Free” series on the U.S. Constitution presented by Dr. Harold Pease. The title explains its purpose. View other series presentations and weekly columns on the Constitution at LibertyUnderFire.org
Today very few are required to read the U.S. Constitution in school. A latest survey on the public knowledge of basic constitutional principles is shocking. Findings included that 38% would not be qualified to be citizens of their own country were they required passing the same test required of non-citizens. So it is obvious why it may not matter to many.
Covers of Time and Newsweek magazines were shown to demonstrate their concern for our decline. Time magazine shows the Constitution shredded. It must be outdated. “Not so!” Pease argues. “It is based upon natural law and human nature, which do not change. Don’t condemn the document because it is not read or followed.”
Article V makes our Constitution a living document. Opponents to the present “living” document always advocate for more of your money and more power, which inevitably means less of your freedom. Pease concludes, “It is more important that you understand the Constitution than any other generation in U.S. History. Fifty years from now you will be able to say either, ‘We lost it.’ Or, ‘We saved it.’ You personally will have been part of the problem or part of the solution.”
1. Declaration of Independence: Your Right of Revolution
The Declaration of Independence: Your right of Revolution is a 23-minute video of the historical events leading to the necessity of revolution from Great Britain. It identifies “self-evident” truths that justify revolution. Five references to God, or a Supreme Being, as the author of these truths is made in the document. One defines the right of revolution as any time or place when such are not met. It began the philosophical revolution that climaxed thirteen years later with the Bill of Rights which added to the “self-evident” truths noted before. The Constitution cannot be fully understood separate from The Declaration of Independence. It is the first of 17 presentations collectively called “I Want to Be Free.”