Many citizens of the United States don’t truly know what being an American citizen truly means. I’m writing this article as a preface to the articles that I am writing about the rights of the US citizen, the country’s history and various other related topics.
I will be a bit less wordy in the articles to follow along this arc. I need as many people to have a firm understanding of these concepts as possible, and that means I must word this in such a way that any school child can understand this body of work. This preface is the exception, because it is meant for the more sophisticated audience who actually reads the prefaces of history books.
I will keep my own personal commentary to a minimum within the following articles, in an effort to keep my own views from clouding the truth of history. I may not always succeed at this. A person cannot truly remove their own beliefs from anything they do, but they can do their best to make their views known before-hand so that others can see where their view has perhaps colored the conclusions drawn.
Therefore, I see it as my sacred duty as a commentator upon history to tell you what my beliefs are, with relation to the subjects at hand.
I believe in the free market system. Strongly.
I believe that the best government is the one that governs the least.
I believe that a lot of the systems that the Founders put into place were truly meant to keep the government from being effective at anything other than defense of its people.
I believe that the one and only function of the Federal government must be the protection of its people from physical attack, from outside and in.
The Federal government has no business “protecting” people from themselves, their feelings, or the reality of the world in general.
The prevention and prosecution of the crimes of murder, theft, battery, and abuse, in addition to the protection from foreign invasion are the only things our government truly needs to have its hands in.
It is my sincere hope that these beliefs will not interfere with my ability to explain the important concepts of US history. I will use only period sources when possible, in an effort to keep the view of history from being diluted before it gets to you.
I will also wait until the end of a series of articles to reveal the sources that I have used in the formation of my conclusions, so as to keep the narrative flowing. For example, I will write a series of articles on the constitution, and append my sources for that series on the last page of the last article of the series.
This format has a secondary purpose of keeping the information in small, bite-sized chunks for your reading pleasure. A series of one-and-a-half page articles seem much easier to read than the same content without such breaks.
Currently, I plan to start the series with a four-part set of articles on the Constitution.
After that, I will do one article on each of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights.
Then, a series of articles on the Amendments numbered 11 and up. I may take two or three of these at a time, and briefly speak on the climate of the country at the time they were penned, but I’ll try to stick to the text and its meaning for the government and the citizens.
After that, I will skip backward and forward a bit to fill in the gaps with other important bits of information, but seeing as a solid understanding of the Constitution and all its Amendments is vital to every citizen and would-be citizen of the United States of America, I must start there.
It is my hope that this series will be both entertaining and educating in nature. While the true meaning of being a US citizen is a heavy subject, I don’t want to be a doom-sayer or negative about it. Unlike certain high-profile tv show hosts who insist on focusing on the negative (I suppose someone has to), I’d prefer to keep my comments on the positive aspects of the US, such as the fact that our system is still roughly in-tact.
Knowing what lengths the Founders went through just to make this country what it has been will hopefully be enough to keep us from ruining it in our arrogance and ignorance.
Let us begin now, with the Constitution.