Defending Freedom: Why study the Constitution?

Our President’s oath:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Our Vice President's oath:

"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, … So help me God."

Members of Congress oath:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

Military oath:

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

It has been reported that most Americans cannot name the 5 freedoms outlined in the 1stAmendment!
If we do not know what our freedoms are...how can we know when they are being violated…and how can we defend them…and assert them?
1. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
2. or abridging the freedom of speech,
3. or of the press;
4. or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
5. and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
Thomas Jefferson

“A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.”
James Madison

“I know of no safe depositor of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”
Thomas Jefferson

Founding Father John Jay, an author of the Federalist Papers and the original Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, wisely recommended:
“Every member of the State  ought diligently to read and to study the constitution … by knowing their rights, they will sooner perceive when they are violated, and be the better prepared to defend and assert them.”
We the People… Let’s study the Constitution…

Submitted by Bill Snyder