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Limited Government | Principles of the Constitution

August 27, 2019


“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general
knowledge among the people.”

Hello…I’m Alan Scholl… for the Freedom Project sponsored
by the American Opinion Foundation.

Welcome to “Principles of the Constitution Series.”

We hope to help you understand the original plan for the government of this great nation,
as constructed by the Founding Fathers.

In this lesson we’re going to concentrate
on the concept of “Limited Government.”

Can you tell me what kind of government the
United States has?

is it a Democracy
a Socialist government
a Republic
or a Monarchy

Actually
a better question should be…What kind of government is United states suppose to have?

Well, we have been consistently been misinformed that we live in a democracy… and Yet you
will not find “democracy” anywhere in the U.S. Constitution or any of the 50 state
constitutions.
And Monarchy? No we don’t have a king.
So is it a Socialist government?
…No, A socialist government attempts to control every aspect of every human being’s
life.

The correct answer is a Republic.
The founders were very clear when they established
a Republic as the form of Government in the United states, in which the United States
Constitution clearly limits the size and power of the government.

In America today, government
programs touch nearly every aspect of our lives.
It regulates such things as: businesses,
homes, the economy and even our healthcare. Obviously these regulations affect everyone…Grandparents,
Parents, even children.

Benjamin Franklin put it this way; “The ordaining of laws in
favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the
most erroneous and mistaken policy. … These measures never fail to create great and violent
jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed.”

Similar
were the sentiments of the economist, political philosopher and creator of the Federalist
Party; Alexander Hamilton. “It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were
practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is
more false than this. … Their very character was tyranny…”

Hamilton was one of America’s
first Constitutional lawyers and author of the Federalist Papers, a primary source – still
used interpret the Constitution today. Lets take a step into the past Oops…a little too far. Much better. It’s
1789 and we’re at Constitution Hall in Philadelphia. The delegates of the first 13 states are discussing
the replacement of the Articles of the Confederation. which had failed after only two years.

The
failed Articles of the Confederation were established during the War of Independence.

Back to Constitution Hall – where the delegates decided a Republic would be the best form
of government for the new America.

Despite this decision – even Benjamin Franklin knew
a Republic, while best for the country – would be tough to keep.

The original intent of
the Republic was to protect the country and handle differences between states. National
Government was to be a framework for defense, with no more than the minimum power required.
The limitations of the Constitution were designed to prevent the massive control and power our
Founding Fathers saw in other nations.
The Primary author of the Constitution and America’s
fourth President – James Madison said; “If we advert {revert} to the nature of republican
government, we shall find that the censorial power is in the people over the government,
and not in the government over the people.”

The power of the people over the government
was the source and reason for the freedom, prosperity and success of America.
The change
in our society, economy and loss of freedoms today are directly related to the change in
our government.

The principle author of The Declaration of Independence and America’s
third president, Thomas Jefferson said; “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its
own debts as it goes. … I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent
the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care
of them. … most bad government results from too much government.” Jefferson’s words now echo in the reality
of today’s government. The founders intended to limit the government and it’s powers.

Each of our country’s three branches was created to act in the best interest of the
people and not to step on them. or their God given liberties.

So you have got all that?
Let’s find out.
Question one: True of False. The articles of confederation is used as the
current framework for the organization of the United States Government? False.

Question two: What form of government
did the founding fathers select for the United States.
A. Socialist
B. Monarchy
C. Democracy
D. Republic And the answer is Republic.

Question three:
How many times is the word “Democracy” mentioned in the U.S. Constitution?
A. None
B. 10 times
C. 100 times
D. Once per article Democracy is not mentioned at all in the U.S.
Constitution.

Question four: A Republic form of government is when…

A. All leaders are
required to be Republican
B. Government oversees all facets of a citizens life
C. Elected officials
represent the people D. An elected President has supreme power A Republic is when Elected officials represent
the people. And the people control the power.

Question five: Who was the primary author
of the U.S. Constitution?

A. George Washington
B. James Madison
C. John Hancock
D. Ben Franklin The correct answer is, James Madison.

How did you do? Perhaps you learned you need to know more about the United States Constitution
to protect your rights.
I’m Alan Scholl for the Freedom Project…welcome
home.

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  1. Required watching for Obama, Pelosi, Reid and all of their liberal ilk… scratch that – required viewing for ALL Americans so they can wake up and see what's going on.

  2. CRAZY, the constitution doesnt automatically enforce rights, the only way it is enforced is by the people, so if you dont know the constitution, you dont have rights… its pretty simple

  3. If you don't know the Constitution you have rights whether you understand them or not. What is happening is a violation of our rights by our Gov. If you know what your rights are then you know if they are being violated. Again, your rights are God given and can't be taken from you, but they can be VIOLATED.

  4. Thank you so much for your comment, we're really glad to see that people are paying close attention to our videos.

    I wish to inform you that this quotation is indeed accurate, it was written in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to A. L. C. Destutt de Tracy on December 26, 1820.

    Thanks again for your comment!

  5. I love America and liberty, can someone explain the whole Republic and democracy idea. Does allowing people to vote mean the country is a democracy? Someone please explain this to me for study and education reasons.

  6. There is misinformation on 1:18!
    "Socialist government ensures that the means of production, distribution and exchange are regulated by community as a whole" (Google!) The example that the host talks about is a totalitarianism, don't believe me Google it!

  7. A useful video but a video with clear political bias and also factually wrong when defining a democracy, republic and socialist government. Socialism and democracy are not forms of government as such – you could not have a Republic and a Monarchy, but you could have a democracy and a monarchy or a socialist republic.

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