Reader urges respect for U.S. Constitution

9:33 am | September 6, 2012

To the Editor:

All schools should obey the law this month and teach about the U.S. Constitution. Constitution Day was established as a federal holiday in 2004, to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

Federal law requires public schools to observe that day and teach on the Constitution, but a survey showed about 90 percent of schools ignore the law. Newsweek recently gave the U.S. Citizenship test to 1,000 adult U.S. citizens and nearly 40 percent failed. This shows the need for better education about our Constitution and government. This year as we celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Constitution, take time to read it, study it with your children and discuss its great principles. If you don’t have a copy, read it at your library or at

Americans should be thankful to God for our Constitution which has given us more freedom than any country in the world. James Madison, the father of our Constitution, said, “We wouldn’t have a Constitution were it not for the intervention of God.” Our founders had just fought the Revolutionary War where one of the most popular slogans was, “No King but King Jesus.” Our founders, knowing the Bible and that people are evil and can’t be trusted with total power, established separations of powers, checks and balances and three branches of government from the Bible: Jeremiah 17:9, Isaiah 33:22, etc.

Our Constitution is an original and unique American document. It’s the oldest Constitution still in force in the world today, the source of our remarkable political stability and freedom. Our Constitution has been so successful, in fact, that America is the longest ongoing constitutional republic in the history of the world!

Our Constitution deserves respect second only to the Bible. Our Constitution is less respected than ever before. American teachers refuse to teach it, American judges consider international and Sharia law in their decisions, our American citizens don’t know it and won’t read it, and our American president won’t heed it or ignores the Constitution. Millions of Americans think they know better than our Constitution and even more than God. One million atheists in New York say they are happy without God. Millions of Americans say God is wrong about marriage being only between a man and woman.

Without a revival, our country may soon come to the place President John Adams warned about. Adams said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It’s wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Please show respect for our U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of the land for 225 years and the difference between being governed and being ruled!

-D.D. Nave, Elizabethton

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