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    Obama Violates the Fundamental Doctrine of the Constitution

    On July 4th, 1776, a small band of patriots declared that we were a people created equal — free to think and worship and live as we please.  It was a declaration heard around the world — that we were no longer colonists, we were Americans, and our destiny would not be determined for us; it would be determined by us. It was a bold and tremendously brave thing to do.  It was also nearly unthinkable.  At that time, kings and princes and emperors ruled the world.  But those patriots were certain that a better way was possible.  And this tyrant has robbed us of that better way, structured in…

  • The Constitution Of The United States (Article 7)
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    The Constitution Of The United States (Article 7)

    Article 7 – Ratification The ratification of the conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the same. Done in convention by the unanimous consent of the States present the 17th day of September in the Year of our Lord 1787 and of the Independence of the United States of America the 12th. In witness whereof we have here unto subscribed our names. George Washington president and deputy from Virginia New Hampshire – John Langton, Nicholas Tillman Massachusetts – Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King Connecticut – William Samuel Johnson, Roger Sherman New York – Alexander Hamilton New Jersey – William Livingston,…

  • Restoring the USS Constitution
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    Restoring the USS Constitution

    My earliest memory of going to the Constitution was during the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, and I distinctly remember coming to the ship and being enamored by the crew, and their cool uniforms and the stories. My family, when they found out I was coming to this job, was like “You’ve got to be kidding me,” because they know that I’ve really loved the ship for a long time. Our mission here is, we kind of neatly sum it up as, “To preserve and protect the ship and to keep her as close we can to her original material condition.” This current restoration we’re in is what I would call…

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    A Constitution’s Road Trip

    [poignant music] [camera shutter clicking] – How does the Constitution affect my life? – Where should we start? [camera shutter clicking] – I wish I knew more about the Constitution. – I don’t know what it is. I can’t figure it out. – Uh… – I don’t know. – I don’t know anything about it. – The U.S. Constitution is providing freedom. – Freedom and boundaries. – Freedom and equality under the law. – Just the basis for freedom. – How can you go beyond free? – It protects me overall, general. – It protects us and protects others. – So to protect the citizens. – From an overweening government.…

  • The Constitution Of The United States (Article 3)
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    The Constitution Of The United States (Article 3)

    Article III. – The Judicial Branch Section 1 – Judicial powers The Judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services a compensation which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office. Section 2 The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in Law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made,…

  • Bill of Rights by Shmoop
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    Bill of Rights by Shmoop

    The Bill of Rights, a la Shmoop: If the Bill is wrong, I don’t want to be Right. The first ten amendments to the US Constitution are commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights. This is a bill that actually won’t give your parents a headache. Things like “Freedom of Speech,” “The Right to Bear Arms,” “Freedom from Cruel and Unusual Punishment”… …were considered among the ten most important rights we could have. Little known fact: the right to arm bears just missed the cut. But a whole lot has changed since the late 1700s. We have rights for women and minorities, overpopulation, pollution, and reality TV. If you…

  • The man who made the Constitution relevant again
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    The man who made the Constitution relevant again

    Walter Berns was at once a scholar and a patriot. And that, unfortunately, in the contemporary world, in the contemporary America, is kind of rare. Patriotism is not natural, but has to be taught or somehow acquired. And the question was then, and I suppose still is: how was this new patriotism to be taught or somehow acquired by later generations of citizens? On the one hand, he loved the country. He thought that people had to be encouraged to love it for reasons that had been stated by Walter’s great hero, Abraham Lincoln, especially in a free country. It can’t be taken for granted that people will simply love…

  • The Constitution Of The United States (Article 2)
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    The Constitution Of The United States (Article 2)

    The Constitution of the United States of America Article 2 – The Executive Branch Section 1 – The President The Executive power shall be vested in President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during during the term for four years and together with the vice president chosen for the same term be elected as follows: Each state shall appoint in such manner is the legislature thereof may direct. A number of electors equal to the full number of senators and representatives to which the state may be entitled in the Congress. But no senator or representative or person holding office of trust or profit under…

  • The Constitution Of The United States (Article 6)
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    The Constitution Of The United States (Article 6)

    Article 6 – Debts, Supremacy, Oaths All debts contracted and engagements entered into, before the adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation. This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several…

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    The Constitution and Executive Power

    > >>The following program is a production of the Fairfax Network, Fairfax County Public Schools.>>This program was made possible through generous support of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens and by the generous support of Verizon Communications to the Constitutional Sources Project. Additional funding for the Constitutional Sources Project provided by Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP. The Constitution and Executive Power is a coproduction of the Fairfax Network, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens, and the Constitutional Sources Project.>>>Good morning. My name is Stewart McLaurin and I’m the Vice President of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study…