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Constitution remains relevant

January 4, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Some are questioning if the great document called the Constitution is relevant in our world today. In the 224 years since our founders wrote this amazing piece, advancements in commerce, technology, communication, etc., have caused some to wonder if the writers could possibly have foreseen such changes that were forthcoming. Thus, many are now saying that the Constitution is becoming "obsolete" or is really a "living document" subject to the interpretation of each new generation. These arguments are generally connected to the those with an agenda for social entitlement and wealth redistribution, meaning that the original intent of the Constitution stands in the way.

No, the framers did not construct the Constitution based on advancements in society or technology. However, they did write it based on the one thing they knew would not change: human nature. Thomas Jefferson said, "In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."

What this really means is that the Constitution gives freedom from oppression by those in authority and protects people in any time period from the ruthlessness and oppressive nature of both individuals and governments. Whether it be 1780s or today, many of the advancing ideologies people argue are based more in socialism than liberty. They tend to advocate that every human has a right to a job, a home, health insurance, home internet access, equal pay and benefits, and the list goes on.

So what are unalienable rights? They are rights that are unable to be given up, or transferred to someone else. They come from God, and no man or government can rightly give them or take them away. Some examples are life, liberty, self-government, to bear arms, to own property, make personal choices, free conscience, choice of profession, choice of a mate, to assemble; to petition, to free speech, to a free press, to the fruits of one's labor, to privacy, to provide personal security, and to a fair trial.

So, the Constitution does not give us the right to covet someone else's wealth, but it does gives us all the right to equal opportunities to pursue and establish a better lifestyle, not the right to that lifestyle without personal effort and investment.

As Americans - blessed by God and by the wisdom of the founding fathers - it is up to us to preserve this cherished document, for ourselves, our children and future generations. If we continue to let our Constitution come under attack, then our children and grandchildren will not only be poor, but oppressed as well. We the people are the authority of America, as written in this explicit, wondrous document we call our Constitution.

Carol Miller

Martins Ferry

 
 

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