MRFF Advisory Board Member, John Compere Publishes Latest Article: “One Nation Under The Constitution”

“ONE NATION UNDER THE CONSTITUTION”

Constitution Day is our national observance on September 17th commemorating that day in 1787 when America’s original founding document was signed by 39 Founders at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

Constitution knowledge is lamentably lacking. It is learned from our historic founding documents (1776 Declaration of Independence, 1782 National Mottos, 1787 Preamble & Constitution, 1791 Bill of Rights & 1797 Treaty of Tripoli) and their recorded history.

The Declaration of Independence is not law, used universal terms inclusive of all religious and non-religious beliefs, and declared government derives its just powers from “the Consent of the Governed”. Only 17% of colonists belonged to religious congregations in 1776.

The 3 original National Mottos created by our Founders are secular and remain on the Great Seal of the United States – “E Pluribus Unum (One From Many), “Novos Ardo Seclorum” (New Order of the Ages) and “Annuit Coeptis” (Undertakings Favored).

The Constitution Preamble states 6 secular reasons our nation was established for “We the People”. The Constitution is the original document lawfully creating our secular form of government. The Bill of Rights (first 10 Amendments) provides individual liberties for Americans.

The Constitution creates three separate and independent government branches for an equal balance of power. The legislative branch enacts law (Article I), executive branch executes law (Article II), and judicial branch interprets law with authority to decide all Constitution cases (Article III).

Article V provides only two ways to amend the Constitution: (1) constitutional convention requiring 2/3s of state legislatures to convene and enact amendment, then ratification by 3/4s of states (no amendments); or (2) amendment enactment by 2/3s of US Senate and House of Representatives, then ratification by 3/4s of states (all 27 amendments). It cannot be amended by citizen petition.

The secular Constitution contains no religious deity reference and commands “no religious test ” shall ever be required as a qualification to any public office (Article VI). History documents there were no public prayers during the 116 day Constitutional Convention. James Madison reminded delegates of its secular purpose – “This is derived from the superior power of the people.”

The First Amendment provides, respectively, our historic trinity of religious freedoms – (1) freedom from public religion, (2) freedom of private religion (or no religion), and (3) freedom for speech about religion. These freedoms cannot be used to violate the freedom of others.

It is fact, history and law our Constitution created a secular republic – not one based on religion. This was publicly and permanently proclaimed by our Founders in the Treaty of Tripoli, an international legal document prepared during 1st President George Washington’s administration, unanimously ratified by the US Senate and signed by 2nd President John Adams, notifying the world “…The United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion”.

World history records the horrible human harm caused for centuries throughout Europe when governments and religion combined. Separation of church and state is a fundamental liberty of free people keeping public government out of private religion and private religion out of public government. It was clearly intended by our Founders as provided by their founding documents, indisputably documented by countless historic records, publicly acknowledged by every President except the current clueless contrarian, and continuously confirmed as the law of our land by the judiciary.

We became the first nation in history to constitutionally provide individual belief freedom and also a genesis for the historic Uniform Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948 declaring “…everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.”. We can truly celebrate with patriotic pride our American Constitution.

Our original founding documents, unlike foreign religious scripture, were written in English in America by Americans for Americans and exist for accurate interpretation. They cannot be selectively spun like non-original copies of questionably translated foreign religious scripture from antiquity.

History deniers and revisionists with self-serving sectarian agendas deliberately disregard our secular founding. Their unqualified and ill-conceived viewpoints are based on their religious ideology and not on facts, history, law or our founding documents.

We are one nation under our Constitution lawfully and one nation under Canada geographically, but not one nation under any religion historically.

The very definition of a republic is “…a nation of laws and not of man.” – 2nd President JOHN ADAMS

“The Constitution is a guide which I will never abandon.” – 1st President GEORGE WASHINGTON

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” – 16th President ABRAHAM LINCOLN

John Compere
Brigadier General, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, US Army (Retired)
Former Chief Judge, US Army Court of Military Review
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam)
MRFF Advisory Board Member

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