America’s Founding Documents

If we are not familiar with America’s founding documents and if we especially don’t know the rights guaranteed by our Constitution, then losing our rights will be easy. Tyranny will reign because we did not stand firm on what is already ours. Here is a link to a transcript of the Constitution of the United States. https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript#toc-article-v–2

Below are http://www.archive.gov resource links for the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

A Reading of the Declaration of Independence.

“The Declaration of Independence states the principles on which our government, and our identity as Americans, are based. Unlike the other founding documents, the Declaration of Independence is not legally binding, but it is powerful. Abraham Lincoln called it “a rebuke and a stumbling-block to tyranny and oppression.” It continues to inspire people around the world to fight for freedom and equality.” https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration

My reading of the Declaration does not stand up to these two great readings that deserve your attention. The Declaration of Independence (as read by Max McLean). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uE-tqe0xsQ. Then here is The Declaration of Independence • Dramatic Reading. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEPX1TWfMgI

“The Constitution acted like a colossal merger, uniting a group of states with different interests, laws, and cultures. Under America’s first national government, the Articles of Confederation, the states acted together only for specific purposes. The Constitution united its citizens as members of a whole, vesting the power of the union in the people. Without it, the American Experiment might have ended as quickly as it had begun.” https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution

The Constitution might never have been ratified if the framers hadn’t promised to add a Bill of Rights. The first ten amendments to the Constitution gave citizens more confidence in the new government and contain many of today’s Americans’ most valued freedoms.” https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights

George Washington’s Farewell Address link to reading: https://vimeo.com/620501892

A reading of George Washington’s Farewell Address.

Backup Farewell Address on Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ny9emjf1z6ivl3e/Washington%27s%20Farewell%20Address.mp4?dl=0 Link to transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6540hhbkx5kfouf/George%20Washington%27s%20Farewell%20Address.pdf?dl=0

Here is a great Founding Documents RESOURCE: For free online courses like The Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution https://online.hillsdale.edu/, you got to check this out. I just signed up for this free online course.