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6 – Constitution Revolution: Is Democracy a Good Thing?

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This post is the sixth in a weekly Constitution Revolution series that will cover the entire Constitution and many of the principles it was founded on. Click here for last week’s lesson.

Last week I talked about the fact that we create constitutions to protect our rights from the government. But how does that work in reality? Once you give power to a government, how can you actually prevent that power from being abused?

As I explained this weekend on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show, there are ways to do that. But only if the government you are creating is a republic – and not a democracy:

It’s hard to overemphasize how important it is to get out of this habit of referring to our country as a democracy. Remember, democracy is basically majority rule. Whatever 51 percent of the people want, 51 percent of the people will get. As good as that might sound, it doesn’t work out well in the real world.

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5 – Constitution Revolution: Why Even Have a Constitution?

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This post is the fifth in a weekly Constitution Revolution series that will cover the entire Constitution and many of the principles it was founded on. Click here for last week’s lesson.

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We are constantly having debates in this country about what is or is not Constitutional and how we should interpret the Constitution. But before we can accurately answer any of those questions, first we have to answer a much more fundamental question: What is the purpose of our Constitution?

As I explained this weekend on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show, the primary purpose of a constitution is to protect our rights from the people in government:

I know in a lot of ways this seems like a basic, Constitution 101-type of an idea. But it’s critically important. Stick with me and I’ll show you why.

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4 – Constitution Revolution: Can Someone Remind Me Why We Created This Government?

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This post is the fourth in a weekly Constitution Revolution series that will cover the entire Constitution and many of the principles it was founded on. Click here for last week’s lesson.

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Any time you are creating something new, the first question you have to answer is, “What is this thing going to do? What is its purpose?”

For example, let’s say you have a group of people who are going to construct a new building. The first detail they need to agree on is what the building is going to be used for. Is it a school? Is it a house? Is it a stadium?

Without the answer to that first question, this group of people has nothing to base any of its future decisions on. How big should the the building be? What should it be made of? Will it have a roof? Unless everyone agrees on the purpose of the building, all the decisions they make are going to be aimed at achieving different goals. In the end, whatever building they wind up creating probably isn’t going to be worth much of anything.

But when everyone is clear about the purpose of the building, they can use that as the foundation that they base all of their decisions on. If they want to be successful, then everything that is done related to the building should be guided by an understanding of its purpose.

The same thing is true in government. If we want our government to be effective, we have to make sure we understand the purpose of government. Once we have that purpose, everything we do related to government should be guided by that purpose.

That was the topic of my segment this week on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show:

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3 – Constitution Revolution: What Can We Expect Government to Do?

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This post is the third in a weekly Constitution Revolution series that will cover the entire Constitution and many of the principles it was founded on. Click here for last week’s lesson.

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In last week’s post, I discussed the concept of human nature. Most of us have an instinctive understanding of human nature that helps us to understand how to approach people in a variety of situations in life. As I illustrated here, it’s that experience with human nature that tells us to be skeptical of anything a used car salesman tells us when we’re trying to buy a vehicle.

What’s cool about that is that our governments are run by people. We already know how the people who run our governments will tend to behave, so that means there are certain ways that we can expect our governments to behave as well.

Here’s how I explained that this weekend on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show:

Make no mistake about it: Governments will always grow and increase their own power until some outside force comes along and stops them. It’s a fact of life.

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2 – Constitution Revolution: What’s Human Nature Got to Do With It?

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This post is part of a weekly Constitution Revolution series that will cover the entire Constitution and many of the principles it was founded on. Click here for last week’s lesson.

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Last week I discussed why it’s so important to understand how the world works if we want to be successful in anything we do. Well the single most important aspect of how the world works to understand when it comes to government, is human nature.

Basically, human nature is the way that human beings tend to behave naturally. And as we all know, human nature is flawed. We tend to be greedy, we tend to be selfish, we are easily corrupted by power, and on and on.

Because of that, as I explained this weekend on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show, we cannot make decisions about our government based on what we think politicians should do, but rather on what we know our politicians will do:

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