Even a simple children’s game cannot exist without rules. The Constitution is the set of rules for governing the United States of America, and the foundation of our system “of laws and not of men.” Its antecedents are found among the Ancient Greeks and Israelites. As a written document with a defined process of amendment, it represents a dramatic improvement on the British system of constitution by tradition. Its worth is indelibly linked to We the People’s willingness to understand and to defend it.

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What is the Rule of Law?

American Majority discussed the rule of law as it contrasts with the rule of man. They analyze the idea that the king and parliament could not arbitrarily make laws because they themselves were subject to a higher law. Finally, they explore how this battle of ideas helped to spark the American Revolution.

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Why is the Rule of Law Important?

Law professor Tom W. Bell explains how the rule of law is a critical part of a free and tolerant society. The rule of law means that people are not subject to the arbitrary will of others. It means they can engage in activities that others might disapprove of without fear of persecution. When there is rule of law, people can buy property, plan businesses, and otherwise plan for the future with confidence. As Bell explains, the rule of law provides a necessary framework for civil society.

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To Form a More Perfect Union

American Majority takes a deeper look at the discussions surrounding the formation of this country and what the Founders really meant by “federal” and “representation.”

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Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution

“Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution” is a 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College.

Featuring an expanded format from the “Introduction to the Constitution” lecture series with Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, Constitution 101 follows closely the one-semester course required of all Hillsdale College undergraduate students.

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The Meaning Of The Constitution

The Constitution of the United States has endured for over two centuries. It remains the object of reverence for nearly all Americans and an object of admiration by peoples around the world. William Gladstone was right in 1878 when he described the U.S. Constitution as “the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.

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