Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Patrick Henry on Role of Government and Constitution

Many, many of the posts on this blog in the keyword topic "Discrimination Examples" are about the use of the Constitution's First Amendment to shut off religious speech in certain venues, to tear down religious displays, etc. But if one reads even minimally about the formation of our country, one quickly learns that the Founders meant to keep all power out of the hands of the Federal Government except those powers that were necessary for a centralized authority to perform. Otherwise, the states or the people were to have the power.

Consider the words of one of our most famous Founding Fathers, Patrick Henry:

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."

Read more here:

The Hill: Constitution Day; Why We Celebrate

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