What Is The Purpose Of The Constitution?

A collection of Short Articles which help us to understand The Purpose behind the words.

A great place to begin your Constitutional Education.

  • What is The Purpose of Our Constitution?

by Hugh Akston

 

“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.” - Thomas Jefferson

The founding fathers established the Constitution to do just two things:

Establish a federal government for the United States of America

Delegate to the federal government certain, limited (and enumerated) powers.

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  • What is the purpose of the Declaration of Independence?

By Hugh Akston

There were four main purposes of the Declaration of Independence:

  1. Getting reluctant colonists to realize that loyalty to Britain was a lost cause
  2. To encourage foreign nations to help them
  3. Explaining the colonists' position on the purpose of human government

Listing the colonists' grievances against King George III to show the legitimacy of their actions to other...

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  • What is The Purpose of Government?

by Hugh Akston

 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

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Suggested reading list

Provided by Hugh Akston

 
While this is not a comprehensive list and it is not in any order other than by my categories. It is a start of what I would recommend for a reading list, it is not required, but it is what I would consider as a start of a well rounded education, and a start of understanding of our Government, people in general, basic Philosophy, and a human perspective. I hope you enjoy all of these that you read and I love to discuss any good writing. I enjoy reading to my granddaughters, and they now enjoy reading to me, I have read them The Count of Monte Cristo, the Three Musketeers, Uncle Wiggly stories, Uncle Remus, and Pooh, nothing is too hard for them and nothing is too simple.

Most of the books I recommend; and a host of other good books; can be found for free at one of these sites; some you will have to buy from a book store as they are still under copyright.

Project Guttenberg

Christian Classics Ethereal Library 

Patriot post

Page by page books

Bartleby

Religion and Apologetics:

The Bible (Any translation, not an interpretation) (The American Patriots Bible [NKJV Only Available] has a lot of American history in it)

The Abolition of Man – C.S. Lewis

Ninety-Five Theses (October 31, 1517)

The Augsburg Confession (1530)

Fox's book of Martyrs

Pilgrims’ Progress – John Bunyan

Founding documents and Commentaries:

The Constitution

The Declaration of Independence

The Articles of Confederation

Thomas Paine Reader

The Code of Hammurabi (1727-1680 B.C.)

The Constitutions of Clarendon (1164)

The Magna Carta (June 15, 1215)

The Declaration of Arbroath (1320)

Biographies:

Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story - Antonia Felix

Bonheoffer Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – Eric Metaxas

Souls of Black Folks – WEB Dubois

Up from Slavery – Booker T. Washington

Any of the founding fathers

Political Commentary:

Uncle Sam’s Plantation – Star Parker

Applied Economics

The Thomas Sowell Reader – Thomas Sowell

The Prince - Niccolò Machiavelli

The Art of War - Sun Tzu

The Book of Five Rings -  Miyamoto Musashi

Fictional history:

Farnham's Freehold,

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

Friday

Sixth Column – RA Heinlein

Foundation Series – Isaac Asimov

Fiction:

Anything by C.S. Lewis, Jack London, Dickens, Conrad, Heinlein, Hemingway, Willa Cather,  Jonathan Swift,  the Bronte sisters, Mark Twain, R. L. Stevenson and any Poetry.

Fictional Political Commentary or History:

Don Quixote -  Miguel Cervantes

1984

Animal Farm - George Orwell

May God bless you, and open your mind to new ideas as you read and study.

Additional  Reading List provided by John Tripp

On books regarding our history,  from religion to politics,  I do not trust much of anything written after 1940.  I would highly recommend a series of books put together and reprinted by Wayne LaPierre of the NRA.  These are not only the best history books I have ever read,  but they are made the old fashioned way,  in the double bindings and covers.  They resemble the Folio Society's offerings and add  nice touch to the cosmetics of anyone's personal library.  The book club one must join to get these books,  for about 45 bucks each,  is " The Library of American Freedoms "  Some of the titles include:

The Rise of Religious Liberty in America - Sanford H. Cobb,  1902 by MacMillan company

Maxims of Washington; Political,  Social,  Moral,  and Religious - collected and arranged by John Frederick Schroeder, D.D.  written in 1854,  and added to the Library of Congress    ISBN 1-928596-02-0

Fifty Five Men - James Rodell, ( 1936), The Telegraph Press

The Living Thoughts of Thomas Jeferson - amassed by John Dewey,  (1940),  David McKay company

A Constitutional History of the United States - Andrew C. McLaughlin ( 1936) D. Appleton-Century Cmpany

Jefferson and Madison - Adreinne Koch ( 1950), Alfred A. Knopf

The Discovery of Freedom - Rose Wilder Lane ( 1943), The John Day Company

Common Sense / The Rights of Man - Thomas Paine  (1775)

Civil Disobedience / Walden - Henry David Thoreau (1845)

The Life of Patrick Henry - William Wirt (1818),  James Webster   Very special shout out to this one,  has original etchings and gives the best view of life in the brand new U.S. I have read.

Two Treatise on Government - John Locke ( 1690 )

The Foundations of American Constitutionalism - Wayne C. McLaughlin (1932),  and The Prince - Machiavelli (1513)   *contained in one volume

Washington and his Comrades in Arms - George M. Wrong  (1921) Yale University Press

Abraham Lincoln and the Union - Nathaniel Stephenson ( 1918) Yale University Press

The Eve of the Revolution - Carl Becker (191), Yale University Press

The War of Independence - Claude H. Van Tyne (1929) Houghton Mifflin Company

Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville  (1838) Adlard and Saunders,  translated by Henry Reeve  * this is an exact duplication of the first translation to English.

I love this collection of books LaPierre has assembled.  The complete picture they paint in total of the birth  and first struggling years in America make great reads.   I would also recommend " Scalia Dissents ",  Anthony Scalia (2004)   This autobiograpical book reveals Scalia's approach and principles as well as 12 catagories,  each containing his opinions on SCOTUS cases.  Chapter 2,  Interpreting Laws,  is particularly appropriate for our recent debate here.

Books will never be replaced by the ethernet in my not so humble opinion.  There is just something about the feel of the paper and the words just feel more real.

 More suggestions from Jeansbrother

 

Two Treatises of Government -- John Locke

Republic -- Plato

Leviathan -- Thomas Hobbes

Utopia -- Sir Thomas Moore

More recent:

The Jefferson Lies -- David Barton

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