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It’s a Fine Day for Freedom

July 31, 2012

America became an exceptional nation because exceptional people came here.

I imagine the pocket U.S. Constitution factories in Sichuan are working three shifts, outpacing the production of Gadsden flags in all of Xinjiang province.  What is with this newly kindled love with an old and somewhat abstract contract between a government and its people?

It is litigated by ordinary folks perhaps more than it should.  The Constitution this.  The Constitution that.  What may be odd to some is that most Constitutional non-scholars are not calling for, or demanding, action.  Rather their call is for restraint;  restraint of and by the heavy hand of government from acting without deference and due regard to the United States Constitution.  But why?

Do Americans really care that much about their Constitution?  Other countries have constitutions.  As I understand it, France has a republican form of government as well, established near the time of the United States’ founding.  Do the French consider their constitution beloved?  Have they elevated their constitution near the level of sacred document as the Americans have?

The United States Constitution is a simple document.  It is easy to read.  The Constitution enshrined for our nation the understanding of natural rights given to mankind. These ideas did not originate with the revolutionaries. The founders were the first, however, to establish a government whose primary role was to protect the natural rights of its citizens.

“It cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals – that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government, that it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen’s protection against the government.”

– Ayn Rand

America will remain an exceptional nation as long as it remains an environment for ordinary people to do exceptional things.

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