The Constitution Reader Challenge: Day 7

With special thanks to Constituting America and Heritage College, we will be taking part in their project:The U.S. Constitution: A Reader. It is a 90 day challenge to learn and dive deeper into understanding the Constitution.

In case you missed it, catch up with day 6 HERE.

Off to day 7, which brings us to a more current reading from someone who is regarded as one of the fathers of Conservatism. His name is John Locke, and if you haven’t heard of him, you could be hiding under a rock. His thoughts and political theory have been influencing people for years and years, and will continue to help shape minds to come.

Well, for today’s reading we look at a portion of John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government. You can click HERE to read it.

To summarize today’s reading would be to say that this is the definitive precursor for our Constitution. Very few modern day thinkers have laid it out so plainly. The Founding Fathers relied heavily on the thoughts of John Locke.

Locke begins by talking about the principles of natural rights and continues into how people shall appoint their law makers. This makes the case that government comes from the consent of those that are governed.

Groundwork for our Constitution is laid when Locke discussed that laws are made by one body of government but enforced by another. This is a system of checks and balances that was embraced by the Founders. Something almost unheard of at a time when Kings and Queens and Rulers made and enforced all the laws.

Please, take the time to read what John Locke presented for today’s reading and you will be enlightened.

For day 8 we will be looking at Discourses Concerning Government by Algernon Sidney.

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