Essay winner Derek Dobson: What the Constitution means to me

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 The Constitution, to me, means that I am free. It states that I have rights that are unalienable, and can’t be taken away. I try to appreciate these rights, because other countries have different rights, if any. 

The Constitution also has rules, and laws which control what very well could be chaos. There would more than likely be riots in the streets if we had no rights. People would try to protest, but that is one of our rights, so it wouldn’t be “allowed.” But, since we do have a Constitution, and we do have rights, then we very well could protest, peacefully. This is stated in the Bill of Rights, which is the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. The Constitution also states that my rights cannot be taken away. After all, the Constitution is the “Supreme law of the Land.”

By “the supreme law of the land,” I mean the United States. The Constitution doesn’t affect anybody else. This means other people probably have it harder off than we do, because there isn’t a document that states their rights. If the US Constitution were the supreme law of the world, then the world would probably be a much safer place, not just because people would have rights, but because it sort of “organizes” the confusion.

By that, I mean that it regulates rules and laws, so that America isn’t a complete anarchy. Just look at some of the turmoil other countries are in, just because the people don’t have rights, or rules. Think about the Middle East and Africa. They are going through some pretty big problems.

Anyway, there are a lot of reasons we should be appreciative of the Constitution. It provides rights for people, so that we are not oppressed. I know not a lot of other countries have them, so we should be proud of what we have. And there are rules, so that people and the government don’t go out of control, and the whole place doesn’t get into a giant mayhem. So I am thankful for the Constitution, for everything that it means to me.