Tom Clancy Understands (Part One)

If you know me, you know I love to read.  And from time to time, I pick up a military novel.  This time, “Executive Order”.

I’d like to share a page I was reading today – because Mr Clancy is very good at having Jack Ryan (great character), explain what it means to be an American.

“Thomas Jefferson wrote that governments derive their just powers from the consent o the governed.  That’s you.  The Constitution is something you should all reasd.  The Constitution of the United States was not written to tell you what to do.  The Constitution establishes the relationship among the three branches of government.  It tells the government what it may do, and it also tells the government what it may not do.  The government mayu not restrict your speech.  The government may not tell you how to pray.  The government may not do a lot of things.  Government is a lot better at taking things away than it is at giving, but most of all, the government does not empower you.  You empower the government.  Ours is a government of the people.  You are not a people who belong to the government.”

You know what… I think I like reading this Mr. Clancy.



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