Take a second and think about your everyday life. Imagine using something on a daily basis that existed in 1787. In a world full of the latest technology, it’s hard to picture. However, the United States Constitution has governed the greatest country in the world for over 200 years.
What is the secret to its success? It was written to journey with America throughout history— to stand the tests of time, come what may. It has served as the cornerstone of democracy for centuries, preserving freedom and liberty for generations, including my own.
The right to life, the right to bear arms (and which arms), and the call for impeachment of President Trump are three critical issues our nation currently faces and many are looking for answers. These answers can be found in the document that has brought our nation to 2018— the Constitution.
If one were to tell you that over 50 million people were killed because of a chemical in water or a malfunctioning part in a motor vehicle, action would be taken to properly filter water and redesign that particular car. However, nothing has been done to put a final stop to abortion, which has slaughtered 58,586,256 innocent babies since Roe v. Wade (1973). Many on the left argue that a fetus is not living, and, therefore, abortion is not murder. One must wonder when a fetus DOES become “human.”
No process occurs as the baby travels through the birth canal, suddenly transforming it into a human. If a baby is not considered to be “living” because the heart has yet to begin beating, would adults with pacemakers no longer be considered living? If the marker between “fetus” and “human” is set when the brain becomes active, would someone in a coma be “dead?” Is someone on a ventilator or life support “dead?” These hypothetical questions have led many scientists to conclude that life begins at conception; thus declaring abortion, a legal practice, is certainly murder.
This idea is further supported by the Unborn Victims Of Violence Act Of 2004, declaring anyone inflicting harm upon an unborn child be charged as if the unborn child were an adult. Therefore, abortion is a direct violation of the constitutional right given to Americans by the 14th Amendment, which states that no state shall deprive any person of life. Abortion has deprived 58,586,256 Americans of life and is an unconstitutional practice.
The mainstream media rarely reports that the Right to Bear Arms was demanded by Americans of the 17th Century. They understood the significant threat posed by tyrannical rule and realized that bearing arms was an opportunity to protect themselves against these threats. Firearms are utilized today for a variety of purposes, from protection against evil to hunting. Regardless of the liberals who claim the Second Amendment is irrelevant to modern society, its language is clear: “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
This direct wording is a testament to the idea that the Second Amendment is “not up for negotiation,” rather it is the idea that bearing arms is necessary for America to remain a free state. In the Preamble, the Founding Fathers reiterate the importance of securing the Blessings of Liberty. American liberty has been attacked numerous times throughout history, and legally bearing arms sends a clear message to those attackers, as well as providing the average American with the opportunity to protect him/herself.
On January 21, 2017, millions of women took to the streets nationwide, protesting the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. They called for his impeachment, with over one million signing a petition demanding the House begin the impeachment process.
According to the Constitution, the House would first have to vote on one or more Articles of Impeachment, the outcome of the vote being at least a simple majority. Then, a trial would take place, with lawmakers from the House serving as the “Prosecutors,” and the President’s attorneys serving as the defense. If two-thirds of the Senate finds the President guilty, he is removed from office.
Contrary to the demands of those marching on Washington in 2017, a president is not impeached simply by declaring he is “not your president,” or by disagreeing with your ideas. So-called “Nasty Women” ignored the law yet again by signing a petition begging members of the Electoral College to “vote their conscience” instead of voting for Trump. These ideas completely disregard the Constitution.
The Constitution has guided the United States through numerous trials, wars, depressions, and many other trying times. The document has managed to remain relevant during an age of technology, leaving many to believe it is “living.” Whether you agree with this concept or not, it is imperative that our lawmakers uphold the Constitution as the first priority when voting on legislation. If they keep this promise to the American people, our nation will survive for centuries to come.