Defining, Limiting, and Protecting
"I, Anthony Avery Pursel, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” These were the words that Army Cpl. Pursel uttered when he enlisted in April of 2006. A little over a year later on May 6, 2007 he was dead. He paid the ultimate price when a homemade bomb exploded near his vehicle. He was only 19 that day. What did he give his life for? What was the reason he found himself in such a situation? The oath he took states that he was there to defend our constitution. He died because he believed in our constitution, but that begs a very important question. Is the Constitution still relevant today? I would submit to you that it is. It continues to serve our country in a real sense even in this generation.
The Constitution defines and limits the government’s control as it was established to do. The government cannot have too much power. The Constitution describes what responsibilities those in power have. It assures that they are accountable for the decisions they make regarding our country. Our leaders are held by its guidelines. No person or branch of government may overstep the boundaries that are provided by the Constitution. They are not allowed to take more power than already granted to them. The Constitution is the highest law in the land. Certain laws may not be put in place because our constitution prohibits it. The Constitution holds our government in its proper place even after many years.
The Constitution still protects the rights of our people as it was intended to do. No one can take away the rights and freedoms which it supplies. It allows us to be ourselves. We are allowed to share our opinions, do what we want, and maintain our privacy. Even if our opinion is unpopular, we may talk without fear of being arrested or punished by the government. If we do not agree with something, we can speak up and make people aware of it. The government cannot punish us for having an opinion that differs from their own. The Constitution grants us the right to live our lives as we see fit. We may worship what we want in the way we desire. We may go and do what we wish at anytime. The Constitution defends our privacy. Our government cannot invade our privacy. We do not have to tell them about everything we do. They cannot take something from us because they wish to do so. Our opinions and privacy are protected by the Constitution, and it also permits us to do what we desire with our lives. Our constitution continues to preserve our basic rights.
Is the Constitution still relevant to my generation? Does it still matter? Is it affecting our lives? Did Army Cpl. Pursel die in vain? Did he fulfill his oath? I submit to you that he did. He was protecting something that is still relevant even in this day. The Constitution is relevant to my generation because it does what it was designed to do. It limits and defines our government. It protects the rights of the people in our country. It continues to affect us today as much as it has in the past. Without our constitution there would be no United States of America for this generation to enjoy. The Constitution still does what it was created to do. It continues to be relevant to the people of our country today.