Our Constitution was written to restrain government, not the people. However, governments are always tempted to make it seem that the Constitution was written to restrain the people! As author Robert D. Gorgoglione said:
Your executives have taken upon themselves to form foreign alliances and make domestic regulations without proper authority. They have violated your most fundamental law. Your judiciary has ignored the amending process and altered the meaning and intent of the Constitution they were sworn to defend. They have betrayed your most fundamental law. Your Congress has been watchful, yet not of the encroachments of the other two branches, but for opportunity to gain influence by purchasing your favor with your own money. They have ignored your most fundamental law. And you— you— seek for a remedy while it stares you in the face! You have lost the vision of your most fundamental law. Let me show you.
You call the national charter ‘the Constitution of the United States,’ and that simple phrase contains both the totality of your plight and the seeds of your salvation; for in those six words you reveal your feeling that both you and your law are subject to your government. You are not the slave of government at all, but because you think so, you may as well be! It is not the Constitution of the United States, it is the Constitution of the people, and for the United States! It is not only the law by which you are governed, it is the law by which you may govern your government! It is not the law by which high-handed politicians may impose their collective will upon you, it is for you to impose it upon them! It does not belong to the government, it belongs to you! It is yours to enforce upon your government!
In short, though not as fervent, the constitution was written to restrict the government. As Jefferson said, “In matters of Power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Meaning, whatever confidence we have in politicians, don’t trust them, instead “bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
To your success,