[Review] The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States
Introduction: Pauline Maier
Publisher: Bantam Classic 2008
Theme: American historical documents.
Age: Young adult to adult
Rating: 5 Stars
This year I've not kept up well. This is the third book read this year pertaining to the American Revolution.
To review the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States seems redundant; instead, this post will be on how I feel about an amendment that is often in the news.
People who dislike reading would be attracted to this tiny book. I make this assessment because browsing the book store or shopping on Amazon, a reader would be inclined to find a lengthier book on the subject of important American documents. As an American citizen it should go without saying but I'll say it anyway: to read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States is both a privilege and a necessity. How can we understand our "rights and freedoms" unless we know them? The logical side of my brain is buzzing with duh! Back in high school I was a quiet student, my seat was in the corner. I was listening to the teacher, but barely. Bored would be a good definition of how I felt. Maturity has brought me to a point in life where knowing the information in this tiny book is dire. Most news stories center around crimes, the justice system, celebrities, natural disasters, celebrities (oops I hiccuped), government decisions, and people who are enraged because their "rights" have been ignored. One of the big stories this week is on a reality television person who spoke honestly about his belief. He shared many things he is in disagreement with, but one particular point is being hashed and rehashed adnauseam. The reality television star, the opposing side, the media, are all using:
"Amendment I-Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."We may not "agree" with what people say, but thank goodness for the founding fathers, important American documents (which include our "freedom of speech.")
Just think, if we lived in cheerful North Korea and tried to exercise free speech we would be arrested, imprisoned, condemned, executed. It was only a couple of generations ago certain people groups had to hide, remain silent.....I believe they've forgotten they were once hushed and pushed to the side.
We live in a world where obscene, ignorant, garbage can be posted on Facebook and then shared; however, we must not express our minds on certain subjects.