I decided to make my first book to review for 2017 The Constitution of the United States. I have several pocket sized copies. I admit that this was the first time that I ever read the entire document.

Based on the past ten years in America, and the most recent election cycle I believe every American should read: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States of America with its’ Amendments at least once. Too many people think this is a democratic government but according to the Constitution it is a republic. SCRIVENER WordNet Dictionary definition of Republic: a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them.

Article IV section 4
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature can-not be convened) against domestic Violence

This document is not difficult to understand if you speak proper English, not street talk, I would suggest it be read at least twice- this is the same advice I give for those who have never read the Bible.

There are some who are calling for revisions of this important document and only one who is informed can understand why this is a foolish idea. Many young people do not fully appreciate the wisdom found on these pages. And many elite politicians take advantage of the ignorance of the general population by disregarding its’ words.

Consider the Constitution does not say anything about ‘separation of church and state. The first Amendment declares that the government cannot pass laws about religion. Regardless of your faith you have the freedom to vote for who you please BUT the government cannot tell you how to vote because of your faith.

Amendment I.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

I read the entire document in one day. Though it was read over the course of four hours I was frequently interrupted thus I am sure it could be less than that. Free pocket Constitutions are thin enough to actually fit in your jean pocket get one today.  xxxMarsha L F Randolph


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