US Constitution


There is a reason our Constitution is the model to our neighbors worldwide as to the proper form of government. Let's talk about the most profound components:

  • Our Constitution recognizes the primacy of the individual and the principle of popular sovereignty. In other words, the people can govern themselves and the power through which anyone governs comes from the people.
  • The division of power ensures that no one branch obtains too much power, and this concern is further tempered by giving the various branches of government specified authority to perform certain functions. In other words, a brilliant system of checks and balances is created.
  • Our government is a limited government. The authority that is not granted to the federal government is ultimately retained by the states and the people. Within this separation, there are limitations on what the government can do.
  • The enumeration of rights in our Constitution via some provisions in the body of the Constitution, as well as the various amendments, puts the government on notice as to the recognition of certain rights and notifies government that these rights are to be protected. Again, the Declaration of Independence makes it very clear that government has but one primary purpose: "[T]o secure these rights, governments are instituted among men."

Our Constitution is unique. As one begins to understand it, defending it becomes a joy and a privilege.


Here is a brief overview of our Constitution. As you will see and as previously noted, the Constitution divides and limits authority, separates power, and mandates that government stay out of the people's business and intervene only to prevent the abuse of the rights of the individuals or when rights are potentially being infringed upon a task which cannot be taken lightly. Further, you should know that this Constitution is, for the most part, a compact between the people or the states and the federal government. Maintaining this relationship has been one of the ongoing struggles of this country.

Article I (Legislative Authority) - The legislative branch of government is given approximately 20 powers. Congress may only act within the scope of these powers, which are found in Article I, Section 8. Further restrictions on the federal government are found in Article I, Section 9, while state restrictions are found in Article I, Section 10.

Article II (Executive Authority) - The President is given but a few specific powers, and he or she may only act within these specified powers.

Article III (Judicial Authority) - The federal courts are limited to the types of cases they may hear. They may not exceed their enumerated jurisdiction and authority.

Article IV (Relationships Among the States) - This article discusses the full faith and credit clause, how a state be-comes a member of the union, extradition procedures, and the states' guarantee of a republican form of government.

Article V (Amendment Process) - While Articles I, II, and III provide horizontal checks within the three branches of government, Article V provides a vertical check by allowing the "people" to amend the Constitution. In ad-dition, Congress may facilitate amendments, and the process of doing so has some general guidelines.

Article VI (Supremacy) - In addition to addressing federal debt at the time of the country's founding, the oath of office, and the prohibition against a religious test for federal office, the Constitution declares that it is the supreme law of the land.

Article VII (Ratification) - Listed here are the constitutional ratification procedures, which required nine of the thirteen original states to ratify in order for the Constitution to become the supreme document.

Twenty-Seven Amendments - These various amendments expand and further limit government power, as well as protect and solidify the rights of the people.

All three branches of government have an obligation to uphold the Constitution. When one branch moves into action, others may potentially intervene on some level. This form of government represents a true republic, where the government is limited to advancing and maintaining certain areas that are delegated to them. As a result, the people have an obligation to elect solid leaders who understand these principles. Individuals who are elected should also understand this. If they do, they are more like to tread delicately, for they will recognize that our liberty is at stake, and it is their job to secure it.


Reading of Constitution.

Constitution for the United States of America.

Course on the Constitution

Michael Badnarik's Constitution Course [playlist]

Preamble (Principles of the Constitution Series)

  • From: FreedomProjectDotCom | Feb 16, 2011 | 1,515 views

This is the introduction to our Principles of the Constitution Mini-Series. In this lesson we focus on the Preamble, also known as the introduction to the US Constitution.

Preamble (Principles of the Constitution Series)

Understanding the U.S. Constitution part 1- 5 Key - Concepts Everyone Should Know

This is what "They" have taught you and want you to know. Click on the next parts of it.

Understanding the U.S. Constitution part 1- 5 Key Concepts Everyone Should Know

Understanding the U.S. Constitution and The Preamble

The next video explains it in Law Terms. These are the highlights of what maybe the staggering truth. Did the founders of our nation understand the capitalization of words as explained here? Or let's call this exploring legalese in the constitution. Very interesting.

Understanding the U.S. Constitution - The Preamble

I could not find part 2 of this video; could be "They" found him or her. :-)

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