The Declaration comes before the Constitution

I had a post sketched out in my head discussing the founding of America, how the system was designed to allow people to rebel against it, but then I came across this quote from Ronald Reagan who says it so much better:

“[E]very American should read the Declaration of Independence before he reads the Constitution, and he will see that the Constitution aims at preventing a recurrence of the way George III’s government treated the colonies. The declaration states this plainly: ‘But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government and to provide new Guards for their future security.’ There is no question that the first 10 amendments are a part of those ‘new guards’ for their future security. And one of the most basic of those guards is the right to keep and bear arms.” -Ronald Reagan

From gun laws to privacy concerns, our government was designed to protect people who would rebel against it.

Isn’t that weird, and kind of cool?  I think about this idea when watching various sci-fi movies where every single movement of a person is monitored, and the protagonist(s) have to out-maneuver the system to escape or correct an injustice (Minority Report, Firefly, …).  America is, theoretically, designed to allow people to out-maneuver a corrupt system: we have relative freedom of movement, we have privacy to do what we want, we have the right to guns to discourage tyranny in government, and we have freedom of speech to say (or blog) what we want.  I find it so interesting that the creators of this system built that ability into it.



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