“Every child (citizen) in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.” (Noah Webster 1788)
As a public educator for decades, I can attest that our educational institutions have robbed this generation of a proper educational history of this country. “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which factual knowledge gives.” (James Madison) While mostly meaningless busy work fills students’ backpacks and fills hours of their days-the majority do do not know that the United States Constitution is the oldest written document that continues to be used in our nation to restrain the government from usurpation. George Washington pledged to never abandon the guide of the Constitution as he was unanimously “elected” to govern America while protecting individual liberty and extending justice to everyone.
Let’s take a trip back to the Middle Ages in England. This is where liberty began to grow. King Henry I was challenged by the barons and earls who did not accept his governing policies. This resulted in the Charter of Liberties that contained 14 declarations that bound the king to certain laws that protected church officials and nobles from injustice.
A century later, The Magna Carta was written in 1215. This was the first document forced onto an English king by barons to restrain his power and protect their privileges. Within this document justice was instituted in that no free man could be punished except through the law of the land. Thomas Jefferson was well acquainted with this document as he wrote the Declaration of Independence and insisted on a Bill of Rights being included in the Constitution.
To be continued…