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U.S. Constitution Was Designed for Who?

Updated on February 5, 2015

Freedom is for a responsible people. A society can be free only as much as the people in it bear the responsibilities of that freedom.

History shows that those societies that are more free are more prosperous. Freedom, however, requires responsibility; people taking ownership of their decisions and responsibility for their personal well being. Prosperity is not necessarily guaranteed by having freedom. Freedom is like power and, as Spiderman says, with great power comes great responsibility!

The issue is whether or not we want to strive for and work for freedom, or sacrifice it to accommodate those who do not appreciate the freedoms we still have. We will always take care of those in need, or are going through a rough time, but those claiming to be "in need" have become too numerous.

Keeping our liberty

by William Warby
by William Warby | Source

Empowered for freedom

The U.S. Constitution has worked for America when Americans can be self-governing individuals. It is when we do not govern ourselves—individually—that we see more and more laws created.

There will never be enough U.S. laws for irresponsible people. Laws cannot make people govern themselves. What empowers people for freedom are moral values empowering self responsibility and government.

Legislative action against character education

Learning without good morality is useless

Our constitutional government requires Americans to live with honesty, integrity and loyalty as part of their moral character. Where does such morality come from? These moral principles are based on Judeo-Christian values.

Without these values, learning more knowledge can even effect mischief to people's morals and principles. Education then becomes a negative force as they are put to use for evil purposes. These moral values, then, are required for a society to have the rights and privileges America has enjoyed these many years. It is these moral principles on which our Republican government is based.

Origin of America's form of government

Where did America's successful form of government come from? Where did the Founders of America get their ideas to create a form of government so different from all other nations? There is a saying,

The philosophy in the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. (Attributed to President Abraham Lincoln)

Taking a look at the philosophy used in the school room of the Founders two centuries ago shows us what philosophy produced our American form of government.

Is the success of America due in major part to the philosophy of its Founders?

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Harvard was started by congregationalists for the training of ministers of the Christian gospel. From Harvard came John Adams, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, William Ellery, William Hooper, Robert Treat Paine, William Williams and Elbridge Gerry—all signers of our Declaration of Independence. Others who came from Harvard were signers of the Constitution; William Samuel Johnson, Rufus King and other prominent leaders in our nation's founding.

Harvard's educational philosophy was described in its two mottos.

  1. "For Christ and the Church"
  2. "For the glory of Christ"

Harvard's directive to its students was that they seriously consider the main purpose of their life and studies is "to know God and Jesus, which is eternal life" (John 17:3), and that Christ is the only foundation for sound knowledge and learning. They were to read the Bible twice a day and develop "proficiency" in it.

Where America's first public school system came from

Origin of a Christian based education system

We see then that academic learning was founded on biblical principles. The story is similar at that time for Yale, as well.

Such learning based on a Christian foundation came out from people like Luther in the Reformation age where there was a major push to return to people reading the Bible and getting to know for themselves what it says. They had just come out of the dark ages. They believed that when people knew the Bible we could stop the civil atrocities and bring the dark ages to an end.

© 2011 Deidre Shelden


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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Amen, Sueswan! I heartily agree. Our education system is corrupted by teaching citizens a sense of entitlement without responsibility, as well as other institutions in today's culture. Thanks for your great comment!

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Ms Dee,

      Great Hub!

      Freedom does come with responsibility.

      Everybody should play their part. Unfortuntately, there are many who have such as sense of entitlement that they are are only concerned about their freedom and rights.

      While academic learning is important, I think we would be better as a society if more attention was given to emotional intelligence.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      You're right, especially about the education part. And that means we are in BIG trouble. The schools have become bastions of anti-morality, especially under pressure from the Obama Administration. We are creating a generation socialistic perverts who one day will ascend to power. The Administration has already started forcing both public and private schools to teach the "virtues" of socialism and perverted sex, to children as young as six years old. Imagine what this is going to mean 20 years from now as these brainwashed kids begin entering the upper echelons of business and government. Lincoln's motto is a genuine portent of what we will be facing.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Beautifully done. We have strayed so far from the original intent of the Founding Fathers that it should come as no surprise that we are in trouble. Our every move is governed by regulation or law and all spontaneity has gone from our society. We are supposed to be free to accomplish things on our own not free to have our hands out asking for something for nothing. Up useful and awesome.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      This hub should be read by everyone, but, alas, those who most need to read it won't. Each of us, though, is responsible for shining the light we have to those who are losing their way. You have certainly done your part here. I intend to help promote this.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      You've made some excellent points, Ms Dee.

      And congrats! This Hub has won the Day 15 Daily Drawing prize in the HubPages Share and Share a Like contest! Well done!

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Great to see, Will, this added income tax fact. It really reflects the change in values from responsible freedom to the entitlement mentality at the cost of the freedoms we inherited. So sad to see this blind decline.

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Yes, wba, thanks so much for adding these further historical facts! So glad you stopped by. :) So many these days get hung up on the word "religion/religious" that they totally ignore the moral principles that this engenders. What many claim as illogical today made perfect logical sense in the founding of our nation.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Excellent work, and spot on!

      The more our moral standards disintegrate, the more we lean on government for direction, and the more dependent we become.

      A full 50% of Americans no longer pay any income tax at all, and that’s fine with them, preferring to let others shoulder their share of the load. As more and more Americans look to government for their ‘fair share’ of the free pie, those same Americans are unknowingly selling their souls and freedoms for a few pieces of silver.

    • profile image 6 years ago from upstate, NY

      Very insightful analyis of the link between morality and education.

      George Washington made this clear in his 1797 farewell address: “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle…Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

      Thomas Paine, whose Christian beliefs are called into question perhaps more than any founder, told a group of intellectuals in France that science and philosophy must be taught in reference to the God who created them. He went on to say that teaching academics without a reference to God is dangerous in that students would have knowledge without morals or without a soul.

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Good hub, Ms Dee, and so true; there will never be enough laws to protect everybody from whatever they want protection from. My next hub will take a look at the so-called "victims" who want someone else to pay for their own stupidity.