In this case, I’m talking about the American Constitution since, obviously (or maybe not so obvious), I am an American citizen.
This week, the instructors of two of my classes have initiated discussions on the Constitution in honor of this wonderfully drafted document so it’s given me plenty of time to think about it.
Here’s what I posted in a class forum discussion regarding this topic:
The one thing that fascinated me about the American Government was the checks and balances that were built into this democracy to ensure American citizens of their freedom. I can only imagine the discussions the framers of the Consititution must have had to ensure that 1) they create a foundation or structure that ensures our country can function on its own and 2) ensure the citizen that it would not turn into another England.
I appreciate the quote given by G. Norman. He said, “In free countries, every man is entitled to express his opinions and every other man is entitled not to listen.” Every man includes me. I appreciate the thought and care they went through to establish such a complex system [and then wrap it up] into [a single document].
Yes, America is young as far as countries or empires go. And no, America isn’t perfect. But we did get freedom right, as right as we possibly can without complete chaos.
I’ll reiterate. America isn’t perfect. In fact, I do believe we are far from perfect. But I do believe in the system our forefathers created. How do you establish a centralized, united, system of things without a monarchy? How do you organize a large body of persons without accidentally creating a dictatorship? How do you protect the freedom you fought for (and I’m talking about the Revolutionary War), but yet unite yourselves as one without crossing that same line? The framers of the Constitution had create something that would allow America to operate and function as one, yet, have it loose enough that it could flex with changing times. That’s hard! Especially since they couldn’t possibly predict the future.
Anyway, I appreciate this document as well as all the others that’s shaped America. I think Walter Winchell said it best, “Too many people expect wonders from democracy, when the most wonderful thing of all is just having it.”
Happy Constitution Week, everyone!