The Constitution and the Liberal Mind—Part 3

Who Are the Destroyers of the Constitution?

Liberal used to mean “freeing” or “liberating,” as when the liberal arts freed a person’s mind from ignorance, superstition and subservience to those who would command him to surrender freedom of thought and conscience.  It denoted in its original meaning a great intellectual tradition which supports the liberty of the individual against the slavery of serfdom and dependence. 

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The Constitution and the Liberal Mind—Part 2

The Constitution was not intended to govern the people; it was intended to govern the government.  As Patrick Henry put it, “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.”  So after the Founders wisely limited the powers of the federal government to those enumerated in the Constitution, they amended the Constitution with the Bill of Rights, which specifies the inalienable rights of each citizen, no matter what the government or a majority of the population might otherwise want. 

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