On Tactical Tool Tuesday I will share with you a tool aimed at improving your life as a Woman Who Shoots. I’ll always give you my honest opinion, regardless of how I obtain the item. If you know of something you’d like me to review or discuss, please drop me a line or leave a comment below. Today, I would like to speak a bit about one of the most important tactical tools I can think of: The Constitution of the United States of America.
Why Talk About The Constitution>
According to dictionary.com, the word tactical has a few definitions. It might be a bit of a stretch to refer to the Constitution as “tactical” but this is my blog and I am going to make it work.
This post starts, as many do, with a story. A few years ago, before we were Mr. & Mrs. SiL, Mr. SIL and I spent a weekend in Washington, DC. One afternoon, after eating lunch at the original location of the America Eats Tavern, Mr. SiL took me by the hand and gleefully asked me if I wanted to go visit his favorite document. He meant The Constitution. As a former soldier, Mr. SiL takes his oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” VERY seriously.
Like many people, I read The Constitution in high school and studied it in college. I knew what it said and I knew what it meant in an abstract way. But I don’t think I ever really considered it until I was much older. Perhaps it is age and experience or maybe it is the state of the world in which we live. Whatever the reason, I now believe this one document is one of the most important tools in my arsenal as an American.
Why it is Important to Me
Believe it or not, I am not headed straight for the Second Amendment here. While I do think it is important or I wouldn’t be writing this blog, it is just the tip of the iceberg of why I think The Constitution is important.
Current state of affairs aside, Americans are incredibly fortunate to live in a nation founded by those who wanted people to have freedom above all else. Yes, there are rules. In order to create order and unity, there must always be rules. But our Founding Fathers wanted to create a nation free from rules for the sake of rules; without a ruling class. I know not all of them were exemplary people in their personal lives but I truly believe they envisioned an American where anyone could lead if they had the drive and skill.
A Note on “Anyone”
I recognize some of our Founding Fathers and Framers owned slaves and were not on the cutting edge of the women’s suffrage movement. I really think this was a product of the time and believe if they lived today they would feel differently. They did set up a system that allows us to constantly push for progress, after all.
Why the Constitution Should Be Important to You
Well, in a nutshell, because you cannot count on anyone but yourself to be informed. These are your rights we are discussing. Read the Constitution and if you have already, read it again. Keep in mind the American Revolution was fought largely because those who came before us wanted us to have a voice. Knowing your Constitutional rights is critical.
The world is changing. Information is readily available with a few keyboard strokes. This is a double edged sword. On one hand, you can educate yourself, know your representatives, reach out to them easily, and make your voice heard through larger platforms than our forefathers could ever imagine. On the other hand, this access makes it far easier for those with the technical and financial resources to monitor our actions and manipulate the information we are fed.
I hold up the Constitution as a tactical tool as I hope you will use it as such. Read it, learn how our high courts have interpreted it and understand how this wonderful document affects you. Knowledge is power and as more and more happens to challenge, stretch, and maybe even change our Constitution, you need to know what it says so you can effectively employ your power as a voter.
Sometimes the document needs amending; it has been done 27 times. And it may happen again. But if you don’t know what it says now, how can you determine if a change is good or necessary?
While the world has changed, the dreams of our Founding Fathers are not too far from the dreams most of us hold dear. We want life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
So learn and love The Constitution and remember – you do not have to give up your freedom to be safe.
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