Opinion: Preserving our Constitution

Fmr. Sen. George Nodland, R-Dickinson, shares his thoughts on Preserving the Constitution

Fmr. Sen. George Nodland, R-Dickinson

It seems to me that as the United States grows older we pay less attention to our original Constitution that our founding fathers set for us to govern and live our daily lives by. Some of the original articles and the ten amendments are being tested for their true meaning. Some political leaders are attempting to change or eliminate their purpose. Their reasoning is they feel they do not apply to today’s changing world issues and purposes. They only apply to the original days of the United States.

I am sorry, folks, but they apply to every day that the United States exists from the beginning to the end of our country. We are a country founded on laws and an orderly way of conducting our government and daily business activities. The Preamble explains the purpose of the constitution. The founding fathers wanted a government that would be just, and protect the people from internal strife and outside attack of other countries. It would be the benefit of the people and not the government.

A few of the original ten amendments to the constitution are now being contested by our political leaders today. The first amendment which gives the people the right to practice religion, to speak freely, to assemble, to address the government, and the press to publish has been tested by the government this last year during the covid-19 pandemic. Some state governments have forced churches to close for a time while they allowed other entertainment businesses to stay open. The federal government has allowed some social media companies to censure people who disagreed with their political philosophy. Certain news media companies have also censured people who disagree with their political philosophy.

The second amendment which gives all citizens the right to own and bear arms has been tested several times by both the federal government and some state governments. It seems there are individuals who think only the government has these rights and not the individual people. If we, the people, lose this right, our country will become a country like Germany under Adolph Hitler!

The tenth amendment which gives the states the right to enact powers that the federal government was not given in the constitution has and has been tested all the time, especially today. One political party believes the federal government should provide and control our daily lives and the other political party believes the federal government should only provide the basic needs and protection of our daily lives. Each state should have the right to provide the protection of the people, build and maintain their infrastructure , and govern the people in their state. The states have the right to determine how to rule eligibility for the right to vote and how an election is held. But, the present Congress is considering a new law to have the federal government determine this procedure. There also are federal regulations that have been enacted from time to time that infringe on the states right to control.


My personal feeling is the federal government is slowly attempting to control our daily lives. This is not what our founding fathers intended when they formed our country. People need to read and study our Constitution and the history of the beginning of the United States. We do not want to go back to the type of government that our founders came from.” Freedom” is the founding purpose of our country! That is why so many people want to come to the United States. ”Freedom is not free”, and we need to protect and preserve that philosophy or we will not survive!

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