The People's Power in the U. S. Constitution
"All power is originally vested in, and consequently derived from, the people. That government is instituted and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people; which consists in the enjoyment of life and liberty and the right of acquiring property, and generally of pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their government whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purpose of its institution." James Madison
Consider the 1787 Constitution of the United States.
How has the Constitution been used to deny "the people" power?
What part of the Constitution assures "the people" have some power?
How do the people "make it work"?
Just exactly who are "the people" the Constitution applies to?
Compare the Constitution of the United States with the Constitution of your state or Commonwealth.
Which conveys more power to you?
posted 9/2008 In the spirit of Thomas Paine - released to public domain by Cynthia J. O'Hora
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Government, Civics, Science and Technology.
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