What is the Constitution? – Quick Overview (Freedomists Show Episode 6)

It’s safe to say the Constitution is like
the big cheese of political documents. Politicians talk about it all the time…wait
a second…no they don’t…but they should. Anyway, that’s beside the point. Today in our country the Constitution is under
attack, and this really isn’t good if you’re the kind of person that enjoy freedom. Because the Constitution is really what defends
our freedom as citizens of the U.S. Without that document, there’s really nothing
that can stop power hungry politicians from taking control. But here’s the idea being pushed to our
young people. “the Constitution is an out of date, irrelevant
document that simply does not work any more. I mean, it was written by old men who wore
powdered wigs and tights. In reality, the Constitution has nothing to
do with technological advancement or a particular cu lture. In reality, the Constitution has nothing to
do with technological advancement or a particular culture or any other variable for that matter. It’s actually a very short document that
applies a few timeless principles in a practical If you want to defend freedom, you’ve got
to defend the constitution So, let’s take So it makes no difference wether you wear
tights, or not. If we want to defend freedom, we’ve got
to defend the constitution So, let’s take a look at what the Constitution really is,
why it was written and what it says. Hey I’m daniel myers director of
and you are watching the freedomists show. The show that helps educate and encourage
you to stand for freedom, so that standing together we can defend liberty and justice
for all. Alright, question number 1. What is the Constitution? It’s a political document, written by our
founders in 1787, that establishes the rules for our government. The Declaration of Independence, which we
talked about last week, is more ideological and tells us why we have this nation, and
the Constitution is very practical and lays out how we’re going to govern this nation. Really it’s the rulebook for our government. It’s the supreme law of the land that everyone
is subject to. So, if it really is all these things, it’s
very important that we understand why it was written and what it says. Why was it written? Because America had just gained independence
from England, and had to establish some form of government to bring all the states together
as one nation. Prior to the Constitution, the states weren’t
really getting along and things were not very stable. They did have the Articles of Confederation
but it wasn’t working well. So all the big wigs (literally) got together
to officially lay out what kind of government they would have, and how they would have it. So it was written for the sake of having a
strong and unified nation, ultimately for the sake of freedom, and the well-being of
each individual. What does it say? The major thought of the Constitution is this
“We will have no tyrant.” Basically, it lays out a way for us to have
a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people”. Here’s the incredible delima the Constitution
had to solve. You’ve got to have a government strong enough
to fulfill its needed role, but not so strong that it becomes corrupt and oppresses the
people. James Madison said it this way, “the great
difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and
in the next place oblige it to control itself.” This was a challenge that no one had successfully
accomplished up to this point in human history. Really, tyranny had been the norm all of humanity. The idea of having a constitutional republic
with a government of the people was unheard of. I guess you could say, the Constitution was
a hipster document. How ‘bout that? It started a trend that eventually almost
every nation would copy. Time Magazine said in 1987, “Of the 170
countries that exist today, more than 160 have written charters modeled directly or
indirectly on the U.S. version.” So obviously it worked really well. Otherwise, why would almost every nation copy
it? So let’s look at how the Constitution prevents
tyranny while simultaneously giving necessary power to the government. – It establishes a government of the people. The Constitution starts with, “We the people
of the United States.” It was written on behalf of the people, on
the belief that the government exists to protect the rights of the people. So, how do you have a government of the people? – The people choose their leaders. So we the people are going to hire and fire
the politicians. – The people choose their leaders from among
them. They’re going to have the privilege of picking
someone from their own community. Someone they can trust to represent them well. – The leaders serve short terms. They didn’t want anyone serving very long
at a time. (*Although for various reasons, the judiciary
branch is an exception to that). The goal of short terms was to keep things
accurately representing the people. It’s easy for life-long politicians to become
out of touch with the boys back home, take advantage of the system and become subject
to different forms of corruption. So our founders chose to have short terms
for the elected officials. – The people choose their taxes. All tax bills originate in the House of Representatives
which is closest to the people. So those are the ways the Constitution ensures
that we have a government of the people. And that’s the first major aspect of preventing
tyranny. The second way is to distribute power and
have checks and balances. Unfortunately, power has a tendency to concentrate,
grow and become corrupt. So, having a way to keep everyone accountable
is crucial if your going to prevent tyranny. But how do you do this? – 3 Branches. Our government is composed of a legislative,
executive, and judicial branch. And they all have to work together to make
things happen. So they’re keeping each other in check. Or at least they’re supposed to. For instance, the executive branch could veto
a law passed by the legislative branch. Or the Judicial branch could stop the executive
branch by ruling it’s action as unconstitutional. And on and on it goes. So they’re all holding each other accountable. This can be very frustrating and really inefficient. But it’s very stable, and it prevents power
from concentrating and therefore prevents tyranny. – To prevent concentration of power you have
State and Federal government. So each state has it’s own government, and
they have power to make laws within the state. Really what the founders had in mind was for
each state to retain as much power as possible. They really didn’t want the federal government
to have all the power. But at the same time, the federal government
needed to be strong enough to oversee and protect all of the states, so its really a
back and forth kind of a balance, which keeps power from concentrating into any one person
or branch. – The third major way to have checks and balances
is for the people to have the ability to impeach their leaders. This is the ultimate accountability. If a leader does something unacceptable, the
people can basically fire him, and replace him with someone better. So there’s 3 ways the constitution distributes
power and provides checks and balances. In summary, how do you prevent tyranny? – You have a government of the people. – You have distributed power with checks and
balances. And that’s exactly what the Constitution
does. So, next time someone tries to tell you the
Constitution is out of date and doesn’t work anymore. You can tell them, actually, the Constitution
is just a practical application of a few timeless principles and if it worked 200 years ago,
it’ll work just as well now. So I hope this was a help to you. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments
below. Do you think the constitution is out of date,
or should we continue using it today? Could you really imagine us coming up with
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