Notes on the Constitution of the United States of America
There is much discussion on the outdatedness of the US Constitution by legal scholars turned politicians who have gone on to become elected officials at various federal and state level positions. You should go to https://www.senate.gov/civics/constitution_item/constitution.htm and read for yourself the entire text of the Constitution of the United States.
The Constitution was written in 1787, ratified in 1788 and has been in operation since 1789.
The first three words – “We the People” – affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
This should be foremost in your mind. The government of the United States does not exist for any other purpose, nor does it serve the interests of any other people. The government is not self-serving, nor serving the interests of its elected or appointed officials.
The Constitution was established as the Rule of Law whereby setting the tone and national standards for a more perfect Union to establish Justice while insuring domestic Tranquility while providing for the common defense and promoting the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty for the Founding Families and their offspring to come.
Article I created a Congress, consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives while insuring the supremacy of the people through their elected officials.
The Constitution assigned to Congress the responsibility for organizing the Executive and Judicial Branches of government, raising revenue (taxes), declaring war, and making all laws necessary for executing these powers.
That has not changed in over 240 years. Today the Congress has become inflated with complex rules, committees and caucuses that have become so politically charged that the making of laws have ground to a virtual halt. The holders of political power in Congress have become more interested in flexing their political muscles that they interfere with or obstruct the Executive branch and are unable to legislate effectively or efficiently.
The Constitution provides for a Presidential veto on certain legislative acts, but Congress has the authority to override presidential vetoes by two-thirds majorities in both houses (House and Senate). The Senate provides for advise and consent on key executive and judicial appointments and on approval for ratification of treaties.
This separation and balance of governmental powers is designed to safeguard the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality, and of the federal and state governments. The Constitution is more a concise statement of national principles than a detailed plan of governmental operation. The Constitution has evolved over time to meet the changing needs of a modern society and has been amended 27 times, most recently in 1992. The first ten amendments constitute the Bill of Rights.
The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated) contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law.
The Constitution of the United States of America, S.PUB.103-21 (1994) (pdf), prepared by the Office of the Secretary of the Senate with the assistance of Johnny H. Killian of the Library of Congress in 1994, provided the original text of each clause of the Constitution with an accompanying explanation of its meaning and how that meaning changed over time.
One last note on the Constitution, during the initial session of the 1st Congress Representatives were to be chosen every 2 years with terms of 4 years and the Senate for terms of 6 years. Senators were divided into three classes. Class 1 = terms expired in 2 years, Class 2 = terms expired in 4 years, and Class 3 = terms expired in 6 years. This was by design to insure that it would take three legislative elections to fully change all Representatives and Senators.
Today’s pressing issues of national safety and security is all important in today’s society so isn’t it time for Congress to get back into the business of legislating for the American people? – I am the Real Truckmaster!