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The Best Part of the Constitution


Today is Constitution Day! So what’s your favorite part of the Constitution? I’m not sure, what’s it’s actually about, yeah. You get to do whatever you want to do. I don’t know, I have no idea. Lot’s of people had no idea. But some knew and many had favorite parts: The ability to amend it. That was key. It allowed Americans to get rid of the bad parts. The 13th Amendment outlawed slavery. The 21st ended alcohol prohibition. Other important parts are the right of the people to bear arms, a guarantee of trial by jury, and lots of people mentioned the 1st Amendment. Free speech Freedom of speech, even though it can be abused. I’m a firm believer in saying what I want to say. And I would hate for somebody to restrict me. I asked a bunch of freedom loving people. You have a favorite part of the Constitution? The 1st Amendment. Jim Caruso run a craft beer brewery. Why the 1st Amendment? If you don’t have the ability to express what you truly own, your thoughts and ideas, you don’t have any of the above. Libertarian Party chair Nick Sarwark says his favorite part is the whole Bill of Rights. The rights of the individual, the right to free speech, the right to keep and bear arms, the limitations on the powers of government. Congressman Thomas Massie says his favorite part is the 9th Amendment. It says, “Just because we have listed some of your rights here in the Bill of Rights and in the Constitution, that’s not an exhaustive list.” It says that all of the rights are yours, Congressman Justin Amash says his favorite part is… the equal protection clause. You can’t pass laws that don’t apply equally to everyone. Sen Mike Lee chose the 10th Amendment, which gives most government power to the states or the people. States do stupid things too. Sure they do. But the difference is, with a state you can turn around a lot faster. Charles Kirk, who heads a student group that fights against big government also picked the 10th Amendment because I think it shows the humility of the founders where they say we didn’t get it all right here. What amazing humility for the founders to put that in. It’s a remarkable document. I hate the archaic way parts of it are written, but heck it’s still mostly working 230 years later. The reason we should celebrate today Constitution Day.

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  • AsianTheDomination

    1,2, 4, 5, 8, and 10 are my favorites. Most people do not know 10, or that amendment 8 protects against excessive bail and fines

  • Ken Jett

    A document for the ages by a group of men who by far was brilliant and ahead of their time. John Stossal is one of the very few still honest investigative journalist still out there. Keep up the great work.

  • Son of Liberty

    As to the answer of what part do I like best? The part spelling out the finite responsibilities of government and listing some of the unlimited rights of the people. Another question though is what is the most important part of the Constitution? And that is simple the Second Amendment which protects from an overbearing government all of the other rights.

  • david bleh

    jaywalking, watersworld, etc all expose global stupid, the executed plan by the dumbocrats to create the dumb & dependent useful idiots. they have succeeded wildly. thx ISS (1905).

  • valcaron

    I like the fact it's phrased in terms of Liberties rather than Rights. "Government shall not…" instead of "Citizens are entitled to…"

  • cryptocognomen

    September 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the U.S. Constitution to establish a national government.
    June 21, 1788, the required nine (of 13) states ratified the document, and government under the U.S. Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789.
    The United States Constitution is the oldest written constitution that has continuously remained in effect in the world.
    The United States Constitution established the first federal form of government, as well as the first system of checks and balances to prevent any one branch of government from acquiring too much power.

    WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
    (Articles 1-7 outline the roles, responsibilities, and limitation of the National Government)
    Article I. Legislative powers shall be vested in a Congress to consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
    Article II. The executive power shall be vested in The President of the United States of America.
    Article III. 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.
    Article IV. Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State.
    Article V. The Congress or Legislature shall propose Amendments to the Constitution when sufficient majority deem it necessary.
    Artivle VI. All Debts and Engagements existing before the Adoption of this Constitution shall shall remain valid.
    Article VII. The Ratification of the Conventions of nine (of the then 13) States shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States.

    December 15, 1791 the first ten amendments The Bill of Rights were ratified as an addendum to the original U.S. Constitution

    Amendment I
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
    Amendment II
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
    Amendment III
    No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
    Amendment IV
    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
    Amendment V
    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
    Amendment VI
    In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
    Amendment VII
    In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
    Amendment VIII
    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
    Amendment IX
    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
    Amendment X
    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

  • dave jacobsen

    The whole document is great, and really was a work of genius. But we still have judges nominated by Obama that hate it. Every child graduating from grade school should have it memorized!

  • S Tho

    The core Constitution is just a framework of a central government and how the association of states are to behave when interacting with each other and with foreign governments. It only has one personal right included. That being it is very hard to accuse and prove treason. That helped fmrVP Aaron Burr get off the hook. It is an essay of governmental building carefully avoiding a Parliament and a President elected from that parliament. They already tried that 1775 – 1787 (Articles of Confederation) and it was ineffectual in building a NEW COUNTRY. The preamble is a very poetic thesis/mission statement and actually does nothing but disclose the public intent of the committee in offering up this government model. The government is basically that of a civic club or church congregation, which all the founders had experience.

    My favorite part of the core Constitution is Article I. The later sentences dealing with laws that must be in place to keep the states working as peers and to settle interstate squabbles. If the elected officials would pay attention to THAT then most national conflict wouldn't even get started, and we wouldn't have had a Civil War in 1861.

    The Bill of Rights (which committee chairman Geo.Washington didn't think we needed) was to sell the Constitution to the people of the states. Those amendments are supposed to reign in the Federated Union Government in DC from trampling on the rights of the States and the far flung people's more direct governmemts. However in the 20thcentury, the Bill of Rights was turned on its head to do the very opposite. To allow the central government to write laws binding certain states w/o even having to have the courage to pass them in Congress and get a President's signature. The central courts could, in effect, act as legislature to force a state government to go against the will of her own majority. We have seen that card played just a couple of summers back.

    Just say'n. So Bill of Rights in 1790, yeah. Bill of Central Supremacy and assumed DC wisdom by 1955. Sort of how copywrite laws now do the reverse of their original intent.

    I disagree with Stossell. The language is not archaic. Unlike modern laws, it is written in plain, formal modern English so that any literate citizen could read it for themselves. No need for INTERPRETATION or a *Constitutional scholar. Current law is written in Lawyer, by Lawyers and for Lawyers.

  • Nikola Demitri

    The First Amendment is my favorite for sure, bc it contains several clauses that are the most important protections of freedom and individual rights, from which, all other rights really become possible. The Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause, freedom of speech and press, right to petition and assembly, and though not explicitly mentioned (similarly to how separation of church and state isn't explicitly mentioned, but implied in the establishment and free exercise clauses), the freedom of association, are all a part of the first amendment, and all in the first for good reason (imo).

    The founders could have separated these into separate amendments, but they included them in the first amendment. Why? I think, and I could be wrong, but I think it's a fair assumption, that these were all so important, that they knew these were so integral as a foundation for the freedom of the republic, that they wanted them to all be first in line, and thus, first in importance in the American consciousness. I could be wrong in that assumption, but they're all in the first amendment, none the less, and all absolutely essential for our way of life.

    Has the government, both federal and states, always kept to this amendment, and respected its established laws? Unfortunately, no, and those violations started almost immediately, while the founding fathers were still presidents/executive cabinet members. As unfortunate as that history may be, the amendment and it's clauses/rights still stands as arguably, and imo, the greatest piece of legislation in the history of the modern world, perhaps of all time.

    Happy Constitution Day 🍻✌🏼

  • Pirate Labs

    Very sad that so many people had no idea what the Constitution is. I blame our liberal controlled and destroyed education system. The left does NOT want citizens to know what is in the Constitution because it limits the powers of government, gives us the means in which to protect ourselves from said government, and gives ALL rights not mentioned specifically back to the states. Of course they hate it and want it gone. Some elitist establishment Republicans feel the same way. Too many folks in Congress have not even read this document and, it shows.

  • 130starfish

    My favorite part is the BILL OF RIGHTS, It is a contract between the people and the government which leads us…. IT IS NONNEGOTIABLE !!!!   According to John Stuart Mills, If we the people feel even a little bit challenged, it is our duty to remove those in power.

  • Wak Job

    uh…you know there's a whole lot more to the constitution than just the Bill of Rights.
    I personally like article 1-8-5.
    Congress shall have the right to coin money and regulate the value there of.
    Too bad they gave that up and handed it over to the bankers.

  • Home Wall

    The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10) is the key, as it was designed to protect citizen from government. Of course, it's frequently not enforced and petty tyrants always chip away at it. I mean, a progressive tax system itself fails for equal protection because some are treated differently based on how much they earn, and of course the IRS enforces the myriad petty corruptions of our tax code as to what "earnings" even mean.

  • Jesse Sisolack

    It was WAY forward thinking for its time. I mean, the people have the right to say what they believe, and to assemble to voice grievances? This is completely illegal in many countries today, and most countries of that time. The concept that your religion is yours to deal with. You will not be dictated your beliefs by the government; kind of a big deal to an Atheist like myself, ha. The idea that you are in charge of protecting yourself from aggressors, including the government. These are some very individualist based ideas long before individualist ideas were that popular.

  • From the Depths of Gehenna

    Heres how it is for the lover of the “equal protection clause”..It was NEVER intended to be applied to homosexuals marriage,the rights of non Americans and to be used anytime the left wishes to assault our cherished traditions.If these were issues then ,they would had said …No F’in’ way.The 14th Amendment was about the children of slaves have the rights of citizenship ………They’re constantly screaming..” its my RIGHT!” ,doesn’t matter that they have never done anything to earn or protect ,only destroy those rights,the POS with Antifa and their dimocrat apologists being the most egregious of recent examples….Maybe its time we discuss anAmendment that requires a person living in this nation to EARN their rights…Lets start with Veterans only and we can add others as they do something worthy of having RIGHTS ….And while we are at it ,lets revisit the others and make certain we have the right to arm ourselves and that the right to a free press doesn’t involve blatantly lying or choosing sides in politics …How bout the filming of an act of prostitution isn’t protected speech,the fact that the left claims porn is free speech is disgusting,an abomination and corruption of our Constitution…One more…That a woman does NOT have an absolute right to her body,men don’t ,why should they,another example of special rights …Not Equal Protection Under the Law……Laws applied equally to all…Abortion?……Did I piss enough people off? Hope so..I can insult others….maybe another time .

  • Rio Aiello

    Do you need a constitution that says you can live your life anyway you want to leave it as long as you don't hurt anyone in the process.

  • Jammin428

    The constitution should be a required class in EVERY year of schooling from kindergarten though college. It is what seperates the United States from each other country in the world, all of our shortcomings and all of our excellence.

  • Randy Crager

    AMEN JOHN AND YOUR STILL THE BEST! THANK YOU FOR NOT BEING LIKE GERALDO RIVERA. HE'S A SCHMUCK. I STILL LOVE TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF HIM GETTING HIS NOSE BUSTED, lol

  • Les Smith

    My favorite part of the Constitution is every part. I just wish we had a Congress AND an Supreme Court that could read and understand it.

  • Nick Marsala

    The Second Amendment and the First Amendment are the most important parts. The real question is what is missing from it? How about outlawing a Central Bank from being established! Also to guarantee the absolute right of secession!

  • George196207

    The law does not apple to all. CIA have been granted exemption from it all. In action and theory . The CIA have been exempted from the constitution they prove it over and over again with no oversight from the elected congress . A congress they have bought or extort a fair number of members of.

  • Max Freedom

    Government (force) is the OPPOSITE of Freedom. Always and everywhere.

    It does NOT matter if the ruling class creates a document called the 'constitution'.

    Wake up.

  • order9066

    The Second Amendment, until you want to walk through an airport or carry in New York City. When citizens were disarmed in New Orleans during Katrina where was your precious "second amendment"?

  • Wall- E

    I really like the pursuit of happiness part. I believe it is pure genius. It says so much about how nobody has the right to happiness, but they have the right to pursue it, to work hard and strife until they achieve it.

  • Frog in water

    John, I hate to mention this but almost all examples where of the bill of rights… not the constitution. Long history short, our country was divided into 2 main groups. Federalist (the constitution) and anti federalist (articles of confederation). The bill of rights came at the behest of the anti-federalist. It also MAINLY broke down by wealthy (federalist), and commoners (Anti-federalist). Hamilton wanted no part of the bill of rights…. and he's on our 10 dollar bill. Makes you think. You do great work! Thank You so much!

  • penchant1972

    The Second Amendment, but it would be nice if we could recognize both individual freedoms the Amendment provides – the KEEPING and BEARING of arms.

  • vandertuber

    Most of the comments list the 1st and 2nd, and those have great importance. But the the 5th and 14th guarantees of due process right to Life, Liberty, and Property have tremendous importance too. Also, we need the entire Bill of Rights, and the checks and balances on government power in Articles I and II.

  • James Angelo

    All the congress men saying they love the same couple, but yet just about all powers have been taken from the state's by the federal government. Hmmm….. Why don't you hear about this?? And we the people also have the right to overthrow the government anytime we see fit. They are causing more harm than good. It's time some of y'all Americans wake up. Get over the racist bullshit that Obama started and join together to take back OUR country. It's definitely not the government's

  • Christian Ewing

    choosing between the 1st and 2nd amendments as my favorite parts of the Constitution is stuff. I also like how it states that there shall be a limited government:) God I hate government.

    Govern(Latin)- "to control"
    Ment(Latin)- "mind".

  • EnderSlayer

    I went to Emporia State University for Constitution Day, and this short video made me appreciate the constitution one hundred times more than those university professors.

  • Mike Camire

    It is sad that people aren't taught about the Constitution in school anymore. I just wish the 16th Amendment never got ratified, it gave way too much power to Washington, power that has been abused.

  • Michael Ferris

    I always thought the best part was the first three words of the preamble. We the people. I wonder how many other governing documents start out with such a strong proclamation as to who the power is at least supposed to belong to?

  • Gaming Dude

    The first amendment, for being the foundation of a free society, and the second, for being what protects the first from those that wish it gone

  • jaxflfreebird

    John Stossel, I've known of you since I was in my twenties and maybe younger. I am now in my mid fifties. John, you will be 71 on March the sixth of 2018. Dude, you are OLD. Me, I am OLD too but only 55 so far. Stay healthy John.

  • fasignal

    My favorite part is where the County Sheriff leads a citizen militia to reinstate the Constitutional Republic.

  • Hippokopter

    My favorite part of the constitution is a bit more obscure, a specific part of Article 1, Section 10. Hidden in it is a nugget that says that "No State shall…make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts…" You heard that right, fiat money is literally unconstitutional.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO2eh6f5Go0&

    :/

  • Eduardo Suastegui

    As Justice Scalia would say, look to separation of powers and the structure of checks and balances as the key to the constitution. Other countries, he would point out, even the Soviet Union (!) had more expansive Bills of Rights… which they promptly violated because their constitution lacked the structure to RESTRAIN the power of the state.

  • MrDidaxi

    Hello. New subscriber here. And on the other side of the pond, for that matter. From Hellas (Greece, if you prefer, although I'd rather you did not). Anyway, I've already watched less than a dozen of your videos and I am sold, with regards to the diverse content, your mentality and the elaboration all in all. This particular video, is mind blowing, in its simplicity. Thank you for offering to the public genuine food for thought. Cordially, George.

  • Marc Parella

    I am quite partial to the Third Amendment. I really don't like the idea of British soldiers staying in my home and eating my food.

  • Marc Bonomini

    The second amendment is the only right we have that may not be removed with the stroke of a pen. It is the only right that guarantees a physical object and ownership thereof, with the rest of the rights being intangible and essentially hypothetical. It is every patriotic American''s duty to exorcise their rights, particularly the rights that make sure the other rights aren't infringed upon, directly or indirectly.

  • Jeff Oliver

    This video is pretty old so I don’t know how many people will see this comment but I’ve noticed that most of the people who had an answer and most of the comments I’ve seen, named one of the first ten amendments. Congressman Thomas Massie R/Ky (I think he might be my favorite Congressman even though I don’t live in Kentucky) had the best answer I’ve seen so far. He said the ninth amendment was his favorite.
    The ninth amendment acknowledges an idea that I think is very important. That the enumeration of certain rights doesn’t mean that we only have those rights that are enumerated.
    I wonder if maybe the fact that certain rights are enumerated obfuscates the fact that the Constitution is a document that restricts the rights of government not of the people. The Constitution tells the government what it may do. If a power is not granted to the government by the Constitution then the government does not have that power.
    I think that possibly the Constitution might not need the Bill of Rights because it’s redundant. We have those rights whether they are enumerated or not and the fact that some rights are enumerated leads many people to believe that we only have those rights.
    I’m glad that so many people want to protect our right to keep and bear arms because it protects the others but we would have that right anyway, even if the Bill of Rights didn’t exist.
    I’m interested in learning what other people (especially John Stossel if he sees this) think about this.
    Would it be better if the Bill of Rights didn’t exist or is it an essential part of the Constitution?

  • steamtacular

    230 years later.
    Pfft.
    Parts of the magna carta are still in effect here. Over 800 years on.
    Of the three clauses still in effect only XXIX is of any real import:
    "NO Freeman shall be taken or imprisoned, or be disseised of his Freehold, or Liberties, or free Customs, or be outlawed, or exiled, or any other wise destroyed; nor will We not pass upon him, nor condemn him, but by lawful judgment of his Peers, or by the Law of the land. We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either Justice or Right."

  • TEverettReynolds

    The Constitution guarantees the 4 boxes of Liberty:
    1. The Soap Box
    2. The Ballot Box
    3. The Jury Box
    4. The Ammo Box

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