(2010) Conservative Principles of the Constitution

I was asked by a FB friend to define my opinion of the Conservative Principles of the Constitution.  Volumes have been written on this subject and I have done NO justice to the question presented.  My answer follows.

I believe the Constitution and Declaration of Independence are mutually dependent with the Federalist papers providing the foundation.    

Our Constitution puts liberty of the individual first with ultimate authority the consent of a free people.  It assumes the
primacy of self-interest but also the capacity on occasion to rise above it
through the exercise of virtue.

It establishes a Rule of Law, a fixed and certain fundamental law,  that is permanent and does not fluctuate as it establishes the deliberate voice of the people.

I believe the Constitution is based upon Christian principles (based upon the public confessions of faith of the 55 founding fathers and that 94% of all the quotes of the Founders had their origin in the Bible). I do not believe the Constitution establishes Christianity as the official, doctrinal religion of this country per prohibition of such by the exclusion clause of the First Amendment.

The Constitution does Not Grant Rights. Our Creator did that for all of Creation. 

Our Constitution is a list of limitations (i.e.limited government) on what our U.S. Government can do to us, not for us.  It carefully organizes and defines government proper role through a complex system of representation that draws legitimacy from democratic consent while protecting individual rights from invasion by popular majorities.

Our Constitution creates three separate distinct branches of government and diffuses power horizontally between these three while also creating a vertical allocation of divided sovereignty between central government of the states creating a system of checks and balances.

Our Constitution gives Congress the power to promote commerce by lifting any artificial
barriers that may be placed upon it.  (however, unlike recent healthcare legislation, it does not grant Congress blanket
authority to regulate anything it pleases) 

The U.S. Constitution  and the Laws enacted in conformance with
that U.S. Constitution apply only to WE THE PEOPLE of the United States,
U.S. Citizens. The Constitution refers to three kinds of people; citizens, persons, and the people.  These distinctions mean that aliens have some rights, but not all.  If an alien is admitted legally, they generally have the same rights as citizens.  If illegal, they will have some rights, but not all. All others are to be dealt with respectfully and in accordance with
the Rights ALL were endowed with by the Creator so long as they, too,
are equally respectful.

To be continued….

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