United States Bill of Rights Series: Part One
Guardian of the Republic
How did the framers of the Constitution of the United States seek to preserve liberty and prevent tyranny?
Since 1789, the Constitution has served as the supreme law of the land in the United States. The three words “We the People” clearly indicate the purpose of our government and the limitations that are imposed on that same governing body.
Through the establishment of a separate and balanced government, the rights and liberties of the American people have been safeguarded by the Constitution and specifically the Bill of Rights.
The Founders knew that even good governments eventually become corrupt. The Bill of Rights is a contract that handcuffs the government and gives it a list of things that it can never impede upon.
Most Americans think of the Federal Government as the ultimate authority on almost every social and political dispute in our nation. The Founders never intended for it to fill this role. How have the three branches of government handled playing it?
There have been moments of glory to be sure, but it has also handed down numerous decisions in which our government clearly violated the bounds of their authority by creating law from the bench and various executive orders, thereby further expanding the power of the national government.
Our founding documents clearly state that our government was established to protect the rights of every individual and to stand guard against those who would try to impose tyranny. It was never meant for the federal government to control every area of our lives.
Through natural disasters, economic difficulty, and several other problems our nation has faced, the government has seized power through looting the rights that are intrinsic — and given to us only by God.
We have drifted a long way from the original vision of the Founders. The further we have drifted, the more powerful the national government has grown, and the less free Americans have become.
Freedom can be taken away — but it can also be given away through ignorance of the natural rights each of us have been afforded. If We the People, Americans, want to regain the freedoms we have lost and protect the freedom we still have, we need to read our nation’s founding documents.
Through the next few upcoming articles, we aim to break down each of the 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights and outline every God-given right that we are entitled to as individuals and the liberty that we have been granted as Americans.
Quest For Knowledge — Family Discussion Questions
Reading this with your family? We encourage you to talk about these discussion questions together to reflect on what you’ve learned about our rights as Americans.
- When was the Constitution of the United States created?
- What is the purpose of the Constitution?
- The Constitution starts with the phrase “We the People” — why is this significant?
- What is the Bill of Rights?
- Who can give us intrinsic rights as people?
- What rights do you enjoy the most?
- What will you learn in the rest of this series from Mercury One?