Cumberland Times-News

September 11, 2013

Our constitution one of most misunderstood documents

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— Sept. 17, 1787, 226 years ago, these words were written, “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.”

Here we are in 2013 and this is probably the most misunderstood, misquoted document by a very misinformed populace.

Am I a Constitutional scholar? No. What is so misunderstood about our Constitution?

For one, we the people are in charge of our governmental process. We the people hold the power. Another, that we are a “democracy.” Absolutely not!

We are a constitutional republic and we the people should never forget that!

Anyone who is remotely acquainted with the struggles during our Revolutionary War knows the great sacrifices that then-Gen. Washington and the troops fighting for freedom endured.

Yet they kept fighting, with no food, bloody feet from no shoes in winter’s cold; no adequate weapons, armed only with the knowledge that their belief in God and the opportunity to live in a free country would lead them to victory.

Our Constitution was written to ensure that we, the United States of America, will always be free.

Please, on Sept. 17, sit down as a family or just yourself, and read this incredible document.

Public Law 108-447, Section 111 requires that the Constitution be taught in educational institutions that receive federal funding.

How do I know this? It’s in the back of my pocket Constitution! Getting older now, and look to my four calendars to remind me of important events.

No, Constitution Day, or Constitution week (Sept. 17-23) is not on any of them. This must change. Know what you stand for, liberty and freedom, and do not let our constitutional republic fall to misinformation and an apathetic population.

  Helene Kerns

Slanesville, W.Va.