It’s become a time-honored tradition in recent American history for the out-of-power concerns to begin talking about the US Constitution, the checks and balances of our Republic, and federalism. Often, resurgent forces rally to the idea of Constitutional values and fight to take back control of the wheels of government, swearing to reaffirm the ideals of the American Republic.
Such was the case when Donald Trump tweeted this in 2015:
And such was the case when Bernie Sanders tweeted this only recently:
But the Constitution is not a malleable buzzword for whoever finds themselves out of power to throw around. The Constitution itself is built on clear political philosophy. It has definitive values and ideals. To those who pay attention to these values and ideals, it is often blatantly clear that many political leaders either do not care about or do not understand the principles the US Constitution was built upon.
Time and time again, the same people who claim to hold up the Constitution as a guiding star betray their duplicity with their explicit vision. Too often, their policies, their rhetoric, and sometimes even their foundational views are counter to the Constitutional moors they claim to revere. And, because the American people are so ignorant of their form of government, they go along with the leaders who draw near to the Constitution with their lips but whose hearts are far from them.
There is a reason why the founders set up education as a pillar of our culture. Unlearned minds are not requisite for the support of a free country. While students today graduate high school with math and science skills beyond previous generations, they are sorely inept in their grasp of history, civics, rhetoric, law, and their government. This generation of Americans is ripe for exploitation.
Americans must work to correct this tragic development. They must turn their minds to learning about and understanding the great nation we live in and its values. They must self-educate themselves. They must create and join institutions and organizations, such as the Federalist Coalition, whose goals are a resurgence of understanding and knowledge of our system of government.
Knowledge is power, especially when there are so many voices in today’s world seeking to take advantage of the lack of it.