How much do you know about the U. S. Constitution? Have you ever read it? Do you know enough about it to carry on an intelligent conversation for at least five minutes?

If you are like me, you may be just a little chagrined to admit that you might come up short of knowing very much about one of the most important documents of our time.

But listen to me now! If we get busy, we can catch up and become what many a young cadet accomplished during the war years, and that is become a “90-Day Wonder,” thus joining the ranks of the informed just in time for the 2010 elections.

Whatever your political persuasion, get ready for a good dose of information and indoctrination on the U. S. Constitution.

All candidates are deferring to the written document as the law of the land and as such are staking their entire campaign and platform around the conformance to this instrument.

It will be interesting to note just how profound was their judgement and commitment when reelection time rolls around in 2012.

On the national scene, Ron Paul is one of the few pure constitutionalists on the radar screen. He undoubtedly is a 24-carat, gold-plated constitutionalist and makes no apologies for it.

In his book entitled The Revolution - A Manifesto, Ron Paul carefully lays out his concerns for the country by debunking the idea that the Constitution evolves. He adamantly decries efforts of the courts and politicians who want to change the Constitution to meet current thinking.

He maintains the only way the Constitution evolves is through the amendment process: none other.

According to Paul, erosion of the Constitution has been occurring for more than 100 years and only when it fits a politician’s benefit is the Constitution upheld as the law of the land.

Throughout the public discussion as well as in Paul’s book, today’s discourse centers on Articles 9 and 10. Article 10 says,"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the states, are reserved to the states, respectively, or to the people."

Those 28 powerful words are the centerpiece for much of what is occurring throughout the United States in the individual state legislatures’ current agenda: states’ rights.

In light of what is currently in the Democrats’ health care bill, state legislatures are rushing to pass legislation prohibiting the government from requiring all people to carry health insurance should the bill become law.

Paul recently polled No. 1 in the Republican Party’s CPAC meeting, which gives new impetus for politicians to follow a more constructionist theme in this election year.

On the state political scene, Ray McBerry, a political newcomer with strong constitutional credentials, appeared last week in Thomasville and wowed the crowd of several hundred with his hard-hitting and long-held views toward the Constitution.

McBerry also refers frequently to the Tenth Amendment and maintains, if elected governor, he will change the order of mandating new taxes and laws emanating from Washington.

McBerry, a Republican firebrand, contends the Tenth Amendment precludes the federal government from governance in intra-state commerce.

According to McBerry, until Georgia-processed goods cross state lines, interstate commerce rules do not apply to the individual states.

I’ll have more on this subject in the weeks ahead.

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