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When was the last time you had a job interview? What kinds of questions did you expect to be asked? What kinds of questions did you ask? My son went to a job interview yesterday. He knew that the company he was interviewing with was a used car dealership. However, he wasn’t exactly sure what the job would entail. Naturally, he was interested in learning more about the specific responsibilities of the job. Likewise, the interviewer was interested in learning whether or not he had the abilities to perform the job and if he would do so with dependability and integrity.
Right now, we are experiencing the hiring of several people to fill important positions in our governmental system. Two in particular stand out. We are deciding who to hire to serve as the President of The United States of America and a decision is being made in regards to the hiring of a Supreme Court Justice. The question comes to mind: Do we thoroughly understand both the hiring process that has been outlined in the United State Constitution and the exact nature of the jobs, also outlined in the Constitution?
When Alexis de Tocqueville visited America, he was astonished at the depth of understanding that was common among the people regarding their system of government. I must ask myself, do I understand the system? Am I teaching my children the system? As I recently thumbed through The Catechism on the United States Constitution, I could see a picture in my mind. It was not a teacher drilling her students on exact answers to Constitutional questions. Rather, it was a family around the dinner table or a group of friends chatting in the park and discussing questions about our system of government. How was it designed? Why was it designed that way? Is it working? Have the changes made to the system over the years strengthened or weakened the system?
No matter who is hired, human beings always have frailties. The genius of the Constitution is that it was designed to protect the people from the frailties of their leaders. Think of that! If we understand the system outlined by the Constitution and we hold our leaders accountable to operating strictly within the system, then we no longer have to fear the frailties of our leaders so much. But our job is to understand the system and be the watchdogs that sound the alarm when our leaders do not operate according to the rules of the system they were hired to operate.
This little booklet, The Catechism on the United States Constitution, contains a treasure trove of information about how the system is designed to work. Do you want to have great conversations with your family and friends, not about who we should hire, but about what the job entails and how the system protects us? Let’s start a different kind of conversation in America! A conversation about what unites us as Americans and how we can create an environment where liberty can flourish!
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