The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution appear to be estranged according to popular historians. Why is this? The purpose of the Declaration is different from that of the Constitution.
One throws off a government; the other builds one. One liberates; the other regulates. One defies rules; the other imposes them. One is bold and universal; the other is specific and restrained. The Declaration
Like its author, the Declaration shows imagination and eloquence. Like its author, the Constitution shows order and balance. Jefferson and Madison were best of friends. If you study both documents, you will see a beautiful balance of freedom, law and order.
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In the Declaration, you have the freedom, but any violation of the law in the Constitution can get your freedom taken away from you. There are no other documents in the world (except for the Bible) that are written so précisely, In an orderly manner.
Most governments have rewritten their constitutions many times over. Our two documents have stood the times for well over 200 years.
They were written to serve the needs then, now and for future generations.
Manuel Madrid, Reedley