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The US Constitution: Owner's Manual for America

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Have you ever thought very much about the purpose of an owner's manual?  In most cases, this is an instruction booklet that is included with almost any item you can purchase, and, in most cases, we tend to ignore it unless we have a very specific question.  However, for some things, understanding the owner's manual is essential even to being able to use the item at all.


The Constitution of the United States of America was ratified on September 17, 1787, and, in many ways, it is the owner's manual for our country.  It explains how our country operates, what should be done in certain circumstances, and informs us of the rights we all possess.  For too many Americans, the Constitution is treated like any old owner's manual - ignored and forgotten unless a specific question comes up.  

If you don't read and understand the owner's manual for a product you purchase, you might end up damaging or destroying it because you don't know how to operate it properly.  At the very least, there could be certain things it can do that you never experience because you don't know how it works.  If Americans don't read and understand the owner's manual for our country, we not only are ignorant to how our country works, but we are at risk of others taking advantage of our ignorance.

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