The Constitution

The Declaration of Independence

A host of celebrities including Mel Gibson, Whoopie Goldberg and Michael Douglas perform a live reading of the Declaration of Independence in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  If you’ve never sat and read the the Declaration of Independence, then take the time to watch this video and allow yourself to absorb the words that our union was founded on.

 

 

The Genealogy of the Constitution

KrisAnne Hall gave her wonderfully educational “Genealogy of the Constitution” lecture on Wednesday October 30, 2013 in Katy, Texas.  Many people don’t realize that our Constitution has a Genealogy to it.  A 700 year history and 5 critical documents that had to be written before the birth of our marvelous Constitution was possible.  In this fact filled lecture, KrisAnne goes through this genealogy with the viewer, informing and educating as she goes.  (This video has been edited with additional photographs and subtitles of quotations by famous people to help the viewer with their educational experience.)

 

The Rule Of Law:  What is it?  Why do we have it?  And, how does it work?

The Constitution is referred to as the “rule of law”. But, what does that mean? What makes the Constitution so special? What makes the Constitution’s Law any different than any other law(s)? We hear many people claim that we need to “return to the Constitution” or we need to “follow the Constitution” but, what does that mean? And, who is the Constitution for in the first place? The people or the government?

 

 

The Constitution and Four Areas of Confusion

In modern America, the Constitution has become The Great Unmentionable. No one is supposed to ask where the federal government gets the power for the various activities it engages in. If anyone questions the government they are ridiculed or ignored. On the rare occasion in which a federal official deigns to answer, the response is nearly always a vague reference to one of three constitutional clauses; none of which grants the power to do what the official is trying to defend.

When the Constitution was ratified, the people were assured that it established a government of limited powers (primarily related to foreign policy and the regulation of interstate commerce), that the states retained all powers not delegated to the new government, and that the federal government could exercise no additional powers without their consent, given in the form of constitutional amendments. This is not an interpretation of the constitution as a historical record. This IS the historical record.

The three constitutional clauses that have most frequently been exploited on behalf of expansions of federal government power are the general welfare clause, the commerce clause, and the “necessary and proper” clause. The government also uses the umbrella of the war powers apportionment of the Constitution to justify invasions of other countries without an actual declaration of war.

Sadly, generations of Americans have been taught fantasy versions of these clauses.  These teachings reinforce a conviction that the federal government is duly authorized to do pretty much whatever it wants to do. In the link below, Dr. Thomas Woods, Jr. explains in detail the original intent of these clauses and how they were understood when the Constitution was being considered for ratification.  Available for download as Mp3.

 

 

THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

This is the highly acclaimed Constitutional class taught by author and scholar, Michael Badnarik. In 6 hours, Michael covers far more than you learned in years of high school or college, in a way you’ll never forget.  It includes some of the fundamentals on our rights and the foundations of our republic.  The course has been broken up into its primary topics for bite sized learning.  We have also included the Mp3 of each section of the class in Mp3 format in each respective section.

Mr. Badnarik’s newest Constitution class is now available on 6 DVD’S along with his book GOOD TO BE KING.  They are available at his website:  www.constitutionpreservation.org  For those who want a THOROUGH understanding of the American Constitution and our Nation, this is a must have for your personal library.

NOTE:  You are highly encouraged to watch the first 3 videos:  Rights vs. Privileges, Sovereignty, and Forms of Government before progressing to where the Constitution is covered.  Mr. Badnarik’s class builds on itself so, an explanation further in the series might not make sense without the supporting information.

 

Introduction

This is the introduction to Michael Badnarik’s Constitution class that has been given to many with a thirst for knowledge for liberty and an understanding of their country’s founding document.

 

Rights vs. Privileges

To discuss the Constitution or the Bill of Rights for that matter is pointless without first understanding the difference between Rights and Privileges.  Most, if not all, of the problems and issues we have here in America is due to the misunderstanding of what “rights” are.  Mr. Badnarik gives a thorough explanation of rights versus privileges and the responsibility that accompanies them.  Available in Mp3.

 

Sovereignty

Sovereignty. Not a term that is used much in our daily lives but, to understand sovereignty is to understand what it is that makes America great! Sovereign was the term used for the king or the lord of the land. You pledged your fealty to your sovereign and looked to him to make your decisions and obey his commands. This was the old European model of how things worked. America was a brand new concept of individual sovereignty. No longer did you owe your allegiance to a king. Now, you WERE your own king. YOU got to make decisions that affected you. YOU got to choose how things would happen in your own life. Available in Mp3.

Forms of Government & The Communist Manifesto

Mr. Badnarik explains the different forms of government and the Communist Manifesto which, surprisingly, has most of its planks in place, here in America.  Available in Mp3.

 

The Founding Documents

Mr. Badnarik gives some background history on our founding documents and the political atmosphere during the time of their inception.  Available in Mp3.

 

The Preamble to the Constitution

The Preamble to the Constitution, a brief introductory statement of the Constitution’s fundamental purposes and guiding principles. It states in general terms, and courts have referred to it as reliable evidence of, the Founding Fathers’ intentions regarding the Constitution’s meaning and what they hoped the Constitution would achieve.  Available in Mp3.

Article I – The Legislative Branch

Mr. Badnarik explains the role of Congress in making our laws and affecting our lives and how most of what they do is unconstitutional.  Available in Mp3.

 

Article II – The Executive Branch

Mr. Badnarik explains the role of the President and how many of the actions that are taken by this branch are unconstitutional.  Available in Mp3.

 

Article III – The Judicial Branch & The Different Classes of Law

In this section, Mr. Badnarik explains the role of the Supreme Court and the different classes of law.  The classes of law is an important topic, as many people do not understand which laws they are subjecting themselves to when they engage in certain activity.  Available in Mp3.

 

Article IV – Federal and State Interaction and Citizenship

In this section of the Constitution Mr. Badnarik outlines the relationship between the Federal Government and the States and also explains citizenship.  Available in Mp3.

Article V – The Constitution’s Amending Process

In this section Mr. Badnarik outlines the procedure that our founders put down for us to change any part of the Constitution.  Available in Mp3.

 

Articles VI & VII – Transfer of the National Debt & Affirmation

Article Six of the United States Constitution establishes the laws and treaties of the United States made in accordance with it as the supreme law of the land, forbids a religious test as a requirement for holding a governmental position and holds the United States under the Constitution responsible for debts incurred by the United States under the Articles of Confederation.  Article Seven of the United States Constitution sets the number of state ratifications necessary in order for the Constitution to take effect and prescribes the method through which the states may ratify it. Available in Mp3.

 

Preamble to the Bill of Rights

Many people don’t know that the Bill of Rights contains its own preamble.  They are usually only familiar with the preamble to the Constitution. In this video Mr. Badnarik covers the Preamble to the Bill of Rights.  Available in Mp3.

The First Amendment

The First Amendment covers Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion Assembly and Petition.  Available in Mp3.

 

The Second Amendment

The Second Amendment covers the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the Regulation of the Militia.  Available in Mp3.

The Third Amendment

The third Amendment covers how people do not have to house soldiers.  Available in Mp3.

 

The Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment is a VERY important amendment and one that is violated routinely in our modern society by police and federal agents.  It is the right of no unreasonable searches or seizures.  The Patriot Act is in direct violation of this right by granting federal officials “warrant-less” searches/seizures and “warrant-less” wiretapping ability.  In this section, Mr. Badnarik explains this amendment.  Available in Mp3.

The Fifth Amendment

The Fifth Amendment covers double jeopardy and not witnessing against yourself.  Available in Mp3.

 

The Sixth Amendment

Are the rights of the accused in criminal cases.  Available in Mp3.

 

The Seventh Amendment

Guarantees a trial by jury.  Available in Mp3.

 

The Eighth Amendment

No excessive bail or cruel punishment.  Available in Mp3.

 

The Ninth & Tenth Amendments

Additional rights not listed in the Constitution and any rights not given to the Federal government are given to the state and the people.  The founding fathers had good reason to pen the Tenth Amendment.  The issue of power – and especially the great potential for a power struggle between the federal and the state governments – was extremely important to America’s founders. They deeply distrusted government power, and their goal was to prevent the growth of the type of government that the British had exercised over the colonies. A number of well-known patriots including Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and others opposed adoption of the Constitution. They passionately argued that the Constitution would eventually lead to a strong, centralized state power which would destroy the individual liberty of the People. Many in this movement were given the poorly named tag “Anti-Federalists.”  The Tenth Amendment was added to the Constitution largely because of the intellectual influence and personal persistence of the Anti-Federalists and their allies.  It’s quite clear that the Tenth Amendment was written to emphasize the limited nature of the powers delegated to the federal government.  In delegating just specific powers to the federal government, the states and the people, with some small exceptions, were free to continue exercising their sovereign powers.  When states and local communities take the lead on policy, the people are that much closer to the policymakers, and policymakers are that much more accountable to the people. Few Americans have spoken with their president; many have spoken with their mayor.  Adherence to the Tenth Amendment is the first step towards ensuring liberty in the United States. Liberty through decentralization.  Available in Mp3.

 

The Eleventh Through The Twenty Sixth Amendments Plus The Titles Of Nobility

The Eleventh through the twenty sixth amendments are:  Individuals cannot sue a state in a federal court, separate ballots for president and vice president, abolition of slavery, if you are born or naturalized in the U.S. then you are a citizen of the U.S., you cannot prevent a person from voting because of race, color or creed, the income tax, popular election of U.S. Senators, prohibition, women get the right to vote, president takes office on January 20th instead of March 4th, repeal prohibition, president can only serve two terms, Washington D.C. residents can vote for president, anti poll tax, how president turns duties over to V.P. due to illness, 18 year old’s get to vote, Congress cannot accept a pay raise until the next term.  Available in Mp3.

 

Legal Tender vs. Lawful Money And Inflation

Mr. Badnarik explains the differences between lawful money and legal tender.  He also goes into the explanation of inflation.  It was the reason why America changed from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution in the first place.  The nation’s money is the key to its success.  Available in Mp3.

 

The Federal Reserve, The Great Depression and the National Emergency That Has Not Been Rescinded

Mr. Badnarik explains the Federal Reserve, why the Income Tax was implemented when the Federal Reserve was and explains how a national state of emergency was originally called by FDR during World War II that has never been rescinded.  Available in Mp3.

 

Is There A Light At The End Of The Tunnel And Additional Resources

Mr. Badnarik explains if there is any hope of us ever returning to the limited government of our Constitution that the founders gave us and suggests several books and videos for further study.  Available in Mp3.