For years, liberals have benefited from Americans’ limited knowledge of the Constitution—and now is the time to put a stop to it.
It’s time to remind ourselves and our fellow citizens that one of the surest ways to protect our freedoms is to restore respect for one of the most important documents ever written.
How well do you know the Constitution? Take this short quiz and see if you can answer five questions about what is written in our Founding Document.
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With our nation's pressing debt and looming financial problems, there has been a great deal of talk about the need for a Balanced Budget Amendment. If Congress were to initiate the process to amend the Constitution, it would require:
An amendment to the Constitution initiated by Congress requires a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate and ratification by three-fourths of state legislatures. The other way to amend the Constitution is for 2/3 of the states to call for a constitutional amendments convention. This is a difficult and lengthy process, which is why the Constitution has only been amended 27 times, and never by the convention process.
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When President Barack Obama ordered U.S. military action in Libya, he was within his constitutional rights to do so.
The actions taken by President Obama in Libya may have upset you, but as the commander-in-chief of our military, the President can initiate hostilities and deploy our forces as he sees fit. In our nation’s history, American presidents have deployed military force several hundred times, yet Congress has declared war on only five occasions. There is no inconsistency in this. The Framers of the Constitution carefully distinguished a declaration of war—which alters the legal relationships between subjects of warring nations—from the act of waging war.
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Although the individual health care mandate provisioned in Obamacare will be expensive and difficult to enforce, it is protected under the Constitution because of its connection to interstate commerce.
False. This mandate is unprecedented and unconstitutional. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. The Constitution provides for limits on federal power, and compelling citizens to buy health insurance is a severe overreach.
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Which branch of government is responsible for upholding the Constitution?
It is a common misconception that the Supreme Court is responsible for upholding the Constitution. In reality, all three branches of government are responsible for upholding the Constitution, and the President as well as members of Congress take an oath to do so.
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Liberals cite the phrase “separation of church and state” when demanding the removal of crosses from public war monuments or eliminating the Ten Commandments from courtrooms. Where does this phrase appear in the Constitution?
This phrase does not appear anywhere in the Constitution, although the principle is evident in the text. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Although the Framers supported the separation of church and state, they did not want to exclude all religious references from public life.
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Has the Constitution Lost Its Relevance?
The Left believes so. For years, liberal elites in Washington, academia, the media, and our nation’s courtrooms have tried to make our Founding Document irrelevant in order to usher in their big government social welfare state. It’s time to put a stop to it.
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