Get involved in a political discussion and mention of the constitution may not be far behind. As with most topics today, political or otherwise, many often hold views that lack basis in facts. For instance, we think we know what the constitution says but may not have even read it. Or if we have, it was a long time ago or read through the lens of political partisanship.
Sadly, we have lost sight of its meaning to such a degree that some question the relevance of the constitution. Why not just do away with it? And, to be honest, while at first blush that sounds extreme, even heretical, how radical is it really? One could argue that we have drifted so far from actually following what it says, that continuing to reference it is delusional if not deceitful. What’s the point?
Cato Institute on the Constitution
Nevertheless, to the extent we actually still care about the rule of law and the founding documents that rely on it, the constitution remains a focal point. At the very least, we need a solid understanding of what it says and what it means. With the resources available to us, Ignorance of the Constitution is no Excuse.
One resource you may find beneficial comes to us from the Cato Institute. Dedicated to preserving the freedoms enshrined in the constitution, Cato offers considerable research and commentary on a number of issues from a constitutional perspective. Major categories include Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Congress, Constitutional Studies, Elections and Election Law, Federalism, Gun Control, Limited Government, Property Rights and the Supreme Court.
When it comes to the basics, the following page presents select resources for further study.
“The Declaration and the Constitution, together, address mankind’s most basic political questions. Resting on a firm moral foundation, they articulate the first principles of political organization. Thus, they were meant to serve not merely the 18th century but generations to come, which would face those same basic questions, whatever their particular circumstances, whatever their state of material progress. Because the principles the Founders articulated transcend both time and technology, they will serve us well as we move through the 21st century, if only we understand them correctly and apply them well.”Many often hold views that lack basis in facts. For instance, we think we know what the constitution says but may not have even read it. Or if we have, it was a long time ago or read through the lens of political partisanship. Click To Tweet
Constitution Radio Ads
One cool feature is a number of short radio ads on the constitution. Here’s the list.
- The Declaration of Independence
- The Constitution: How it Secures The Promise of The Declaration of Independence
- Freedom and The Pursuit of Happiness
- The Founders’ Vision – Liberty Through Limited Government
- Government Twice Limited
- A More Perfect Union: The Challenge of Drafting a Constitution
- The Division of Powers: Why States Matter
- The Separation of Powers: Protecting Liberty by Pitting Power Against Power
- Enumerated Powers: Granting Enough Power, but Leaving Us Otherwise Free
- The Executive Branch: At Home and Abroad
- The Courts: How the Non-Political Branch Preserves the Constitution
- Periodic Elections: Necessary for Democracy, But Insufficient for Freedom
- Amending the Constitution: Hard, but Not Impossible
- Life under the Articles of Confederation: 11 Years of Learning About Democracy
- The Bill of Rights: To Prevent Abuse of the Constitution’s Powers
- The Civil War Amendments: Completing the Constitution
- The Progressive Era: How the Progressive Vision Was at War with the Constitution
- The New Deal Court: Interpreting the Constitution along Progressive Lines
- The Constitution Today: Limiting Liberty through Effectively Unlimited Government
- Election Day
Be sure to check it out at Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.