Why am I doing this? I believe passionately that we all need to understand our government and how it works. That means more than just remembering that our high school civics class said something about separation of powers, or reading what Wikipedia says about the Constitution. However, it doesn’t mean taking law school level courses dissecting every word and punctuation mark and their possible meanings.
We all need to form our own opinions and do more than just regurgitate party lines. We need to move beyond what politicians and the media tell us. The best way to ensure our representatives REPRESENT us is to understand what they are supposed to be doing, and make sure they do it. The best way to do that is to read and learn about the Constitution. That doesn’t mean you need to study it like you’re going for your bar exam to be a lawyer, just that you need to understand basically what it is saying.
I am writing this blog to support my book, “The Constitution: It’s the OS for the US”, but I will be addressing current events in this, which I do not do in my book. Like my book, I will include question sets to encourage my readers to think about our government and form their own opinions.
My goal in both is to get readers to think through issues related to our government, not to just regurgitate what someone else says or writes. In order to do that, we all need to understand how our government is supposed to work, and that means understanding our Constitution. We also need to stop asking the same questions. Many questions have been asked so many times, in exactly the same form, that people usually give an automatic response without actually thinking about the subject. If we want to make progress, we need to change the conversation. This belief is why most posts end by asking the reader what question they will ask the next time that subject is brought up in conversation.
I sincerely hope this blog and my book help you understand our Constitution better and to think about other viewpoints.