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The Declaration of Independence was the promise of a representative government; the Constitution was the fulfillment of that promiseOn July the Second Continental Congress issued a unanimous declaration: the thirteen North American colonies would be the thirteen United States of America, free and independent of Great Britain Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration set forth the terms of a new form of government with the following words: We hold these Truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of HappinessFramed inand in effect since March , the Constitution of the United States of America fulfilled the promise of the Declaration by establishing a republican form of government with separate executive, legislative, and judicial branches The first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, became part of the Constitution on December ,Among the rights guaranteed by these amendments are freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and the right to trial by jury Written so that it could be adapted to endure for years to come, the Constitution has been amended only seventeen times sinceand has lasted longer than any other written form of government

10 thoughts on “The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States

  1. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    What do I need to say? Read them, understand them, and give thanks.

    Also let me recommend, treasure, protect, and pray we keep them, unbroken.


  2. Kelly Holmes Kelly Holmes says:

    How many Americans can say they've read the Constitution? My guess is probably not many. And those that have only did it for school and have since forgotten much of what they learned. Personally, I remember having to memorize the Bill of Rights for a class, but that's about it.

    So I bought a copy of the Constitution for myself and began reading it. It's important now more than ever that we read and understand it.

  3. DJ Harris DJ Harris says:

    It is nearly impossible to review such an important historical work. In my opinion this is one of the most important documents in history.


  4. Nick Nick says:

    Everyone including me has read this repeatedly for school. So I knew this would be bad, but I didn't know how bad until I went through it underlining everything negative and circling everything positive. Why the Cato institute publishes this, and why it is handed out at libertarian events completely escapes me.

    I will omit things too minor to note. Asterisks rank importance.

    Lets skip the declaration since its meh. Its way better than the constitution though. I'll just note that the consent of the governed stuff is good, but that a bunch of their complaints are retarded (like, the you wont let us cross the appalachians and steal native american land complaint and the fuck quebec complaint).

    Preamble: States the purpose of the constitution as establishing a more perfect union, promoting the general welfare (vague and grants unlimited interpretation), and also ordains this constitution on the residents of the 13 states and their posterity, which is not only bold but also very rude to the unborn masses.

    Article 1:
    ***Sec 1: establishes Congress as the firm which has a monopoly on law.

    ***Sec 2: decrees that direct federal taxation (theft) is aight.

    **Sec 3: decrees that the head of state can only be tried via mechanisms internal to the firm: Ie Senate has a monopoly on legal practice of impeachment, and severely legally constrains the limits of what the Senate may do to an impeached President.

    Sec 6: Senator and Representative salaries are set by law. They are also exempt from arrest during attendance in session, with the exceptions of Treason, Felony, and Breach of Peace.

    ****Sec 8: Grants Congress the power to tax, lay tariffs and excises for the purposes of national defense and general welfare (Grants Congress the power to steal money to do whateverthefuck they want). Grants Congress the power to borrow money, regulate commerce within the nation and with other nations, print money and establish it's value (ironically, it also monopolizes the punishment of counterfeiting), create post offices and roads, promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts via maintaining intellectual property laws (or the exclusive right to discoveries as the document says), declare war, grant letters of marque, raise and support armies and navies, call forth the militia to SUPPRESS INSURRECTIONS and repel invasions, to arm and organize said militia, to maintain a total legal monopoly over the Capital district, to build forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings (any building). Monopolizes the legal definitions of naturalization, bankruptcy, piracy, and felony on the high seas. Permits congress to make all laws necessary and proper for carrying out all of the above and all of the below.

    ***Sec 9: Allows Congress to suspend Habeas Corpus during REBELLION or invasion, allows them to tax (different tax this time),

    Sec 10: prohibits any given state from doing any of the above (as if this monopoly wasn't already abundantly clear) and forbids any state from entering into an alliance or confederation.

    Article 2:
    ***Sec 1: invests the executive power in the President, prohibits foreigners from becoming president.
    ***Sec 2: Establishes the president as commander in chief of the military and militia. Allows him to grant pardons, make treaties, and appoint ambassadors.

    Article 3:
    *****Sec 1: Establishes a monopoly on legal interpretation in the judiciary/Supreme Court.
    ***Sec 2: Confirms that this monopoly extends to all areas of law.
    ***Sec 3: defines treason as (among other things) adhering to America's enemies, or giving them aid/comfort.

    *****Article 6: Declares This Constitution... and all laws which shall be made in pursuance thereof to be the supreme law of the land, and binds all judges in the country to uphold it (prohibits independent judges from existing).

    Then the Bill of Rights is generally a lot better. No need to get into it.

    Given all of the above it is apparent than an unemotional reading of the constitution reveals the following: It establishes that the government has a monopoly on legal interpretation, the creation of laws, the provision of security, the production of currency, and all the basic functions of civil society. Its vague wording furthermore allows the government to invade any area of life which the above document does not already take hostile possession of. This is an explicitly authoritarian document and should be spit on by any self respecting libertarian, or dignified human being.

    But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist. -Lysander Spooner

  5. The Celtic Rebel (Richard) The Celtic Rebel (Richard) says:

    Two very important documents in American history that I was introduced to as a child. I hope that every American has read them at least once. They are the foundation our Country was built on and the ones that we must do all we can to protect today.

  6. ij ij says:

    These documents were part of the required reading of my American history and civics classes. While being historic they are still documents that play a major part in my everyday life.

  7. Lauren Lauren says:

    country bad please return to sender

  8. Cynda Cynda says:

    The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson. (1776)
    The Founding Fathers and their political friends in North America and Europe maintained a dialogue. So exciting for them to live during the Age of Enlightment, to be some of leaders of Thought. And later to be recognized when the French revolutionaries took their ideas and altered them for France.

    The Constitution of the United States of America by Founding Fathers (ratified 1788)

    Ideas that most stood out for in the text of the Constitution:

    1. Reference to political bands, not bonds. Bonds require more intimacy and more effort to break. Bands can be cut. Perfect imagery for revolution.

    2. The name of the confederation. Jefferson refers to the united States of America. Only States and America are capitalized, apparently to indicate a confederation rather than a unification.

    As I read, I tried to connect dots from Common Sense and Declaration of Independence. How did the Constitution seek to alter the English system to make it an American system.

    1. Reading the Preamble, I can determine aspects the dialogue of the revolutionaries. For example, they have been concerned with insuring domestic tranquility. That concern I can find in both Paine and Jefferson's texts I have recently read.

    2. The Philadelphia Convention members perceived a tryanny in the king's ability to call and dissolve Parliament. So in Article 1, Section 1, the writers concerned themselves with the legislative powers. The writing committee choose legislative Powers with Powers being capitalized. So telling.

    3. The Convention members understood the subject of slavery to ge a near dealmaker/breaker. So sensitive was the subject that slaves are not mentioned. In Article 1, Section 2, Point 3, slaves are referred to as all other persons. What a misery to all.

    4. Only 9 of the 13 states had to ratify the Constitition for it become the Constitution for that group of 9 states that ratify. We could have started out as 9 states. But then we could also had some Canadian states. Hahaha.

    5. The name of the country changes. When the Consitution for the now-unified states was written, the text still refers to the united States of America. It would not be sometime until after the ratification of first 10 amendments/The Bill of Rights (1791) and perhaps before the ratification of the 11th amendment (1795) that the country would be referred to as the United States.

    What a Journey.

  9. Tessa Tessa says:

    Happy Independence Day!

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved.

  10. Emalee Sekely Emalee Sekely says:

    Pretty good, but it should include women in the sequel.