The United States of America is a nation that was formed as the result of an agreement among its People. That agreement was – and remains – a formal contract. Without that contract, which chartered a government to join the interests and powers of the People in each of the independent States, there would never have been a United set of States on the North American Continent. And, if that contract were to cease to exist, then there is no authority for the nation we know to exist, either.
What is a “Constitution?”
Thomas Paine told the People in the States, as the nation was figuring out how to organize and manage the new nation:
“A constitution is not the act of a government, but of a people constituting a government; and government without a constitution is power without a right. All power exercised over a nation, must have some beginning. It must be either delegated, or assumed. There are not other sources. All delegated power is trust, and all assumed power is usurpation. Time does not alter the nature and quality of either.”
Thomas Paine, Rights of Man [1791-1792]
But – What is our Constitution? What does it say? How did we come up with it? Who said this was the way to go? What does it allow, and what does it prohibit? Why? Is it in good health? Is it “living,” or is it somehow obsolete?
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The Constitution Refresher is a seminar that has been created to give you an insight to The Constitution of the United States of America that you cannot get anywhere else.