Educating We, the People: Constitutional Literacy Day

Here’s John Stonestreet writing at Breakpoint:

There’s a two-hundred year-old document in the National Archives that holds a solution to many of our problems today, if we’d read it.

The U.S. Constitution is one of the most remarkable legal documents in history. And it’s not just because of its understandability or that it has survived the test of time. It’s because it’s based on a realistic view of human nature and a reverence for human rights.

But over two-hundred and twenty years later, “We, the People” have largely forgotten these truths, and we ignore the document that enshrines them. According to the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, only 36 percent of Americans can name all three branches of government—and just as many couldn’t even name one! And according to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a third of college graduates can’t identify the Bill of Rights, and one in ten thinks Judge Judy sits on the Supreme Court!

Our ignorance of the Constitution and civics in general may sound funny, but it’s not when it comes to our freedoms. Two appalling overreaches by the Supreme Court this summer show the consequences of an uninformed population. As Justice Scalia wrote in his dissent from Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court has seized “legislative—indeed, super-legislative—power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government.”

Well, Princeton professor of jurisprudence, and this past year’s Wilberforce Award winner, Dr. Robert George, suggests in a video for Prager University that we must re-educate ourselves on the Constitution or we will lose more freedom.

Read more: Breakpoint

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