The U.S. Constitution protects people all over the world   Leave a comment

The U.S. Constitution protects people all over the world

Dallin H. Oaks said, “There is need for public praise of our constitutions and their principles. A rising generation of influential opinion makers seems to place a lesser value on the United States Constitution. An example of that was related to me by a recent law graduate. In a panel discussion at the Harvard Law School, a professor of constitutional law criticized the United States Constitution in harsh terms. Another faculty panelist speculated that if his colleague’s criticisms were valid we might as well just take our written constitution and “roll it and smoke it.” That kind of disdain for our national constitution is more than concerning.

The United States Constitution is the oldest written national constitution still in use. It has served Americans well, enhancing freedom and prosperity during the changing conditions of more than 200 years. Frequently copied, it has become the United States’ most important export. After two centuries, every nation in the world except six have adopted written constitutions,  and the United States Constitution was a model for all of them. Consequently, if we abandon or weaken its fundamental principles, we betray our own national ideals and we also weaken our global neighbors.”http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/fundamentals-of-our-constitutions-elder-dallin-h-oaks

He also said:  “the Lord established the United States Constitution by wise men whom he raised up for that very purpose (D&C 101:80). The Lord also declared that this constitution “should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh” (D&C 101:77)  …In 1833, when almost all people in the world were still ruled by kings or tyrants, few could see how the infant United States Constitution could be divinely designed ‘for the rights and protection of all flesh.’ Today, 176 years after that revelation, almost every nation in the world has adopted a written constitution, and the United States Constitution profoundly influenced all of them. Truly, this nation’s most important export is its constitution, whose great principles stand as a model ‘for the rights and protection of all flesh.’ ”  http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/oaks-religious-freedom

Click here for a view of the beautiful, inspired document itself:

http://www.usconstitution.net/i_cpage1.html  (the original, beautiful U.S. Constitution)

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