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How to Read the Constitution: A Lively Lesson on America’s Most Famous Document

We all know of the historical significance of the U.S. Constitution, but have you actually read it?

The language of America’s most famous document may seem a bit out of date in the 21st Century, but what about its content? How does it relate to our lives today?

The Fourth of July and the Declaration of Independence — these go hand in hand with the U.S. Constitution. But some say the Constitution is out of touch with our times, while others say it is what makes America America, and what should protect America. So to get our Constitutional facts straight, Kay Rubacek, host of NTD’s Life & Times program, took a lesson from Paul Skousen, a former CIA intelligence officer, journalist, author, and instructor on the U.S. Constitution.

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A still photo of NTD host, Life and Times, Kay Rubacek sitting with Paul Skousen , former CIA intelligence officer, journalist, author and instructor on the U.S. Constitution (Sunny Yang/NTD)

 

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Screen image from a video released by NTD, What is the difference between a Republic and a Democracy? Paul gives Kay a reminder on the significance of the distinction. (Sunny Yang/NTD)

 

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Screen image from a video released by NTD, We may be afraid to fail, but the Founding Fathers of America believed that we needed that ability to be able to grow strong individually, in our family units, and as a nation. (Sunny Yang/NTD)

 

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Screen image from a video released by NTD, Paul describes how as a CIA intelligence officer under President Ronald Regan, he interacted with defectors from countries without freedom and why so many of them couldn’t handle American freedom. (Sunny Yang/NTD)

 

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Screen image from a video released by NTD,Who does the Constitution really represent? How does the Constitution handle the needs of minority and majority groups in the United States? (Sunny Yang/NTD)

 

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Screen image from a video released by NTD, How is the Constitution relevant to our modern world? How could the Founding Fathers of America have the foresight to create something that would not go out of date? (Sunny Yang/NTD)

 

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Screen image from a video released by NTD, The Constitution uses the term “Natural Law,” but what does that mean? How did the Founding Fathers use it and can it relate to Americans today? (Sunny Yang/NTD)

 

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Screen image from a video released by NTD, Is anything really perfect? There must be some flaws or weaknesses in the U.S. Constitution. Paul gives examples of key areas of where some of the Founding Fathers saw potential weakness and how it has been taken advantage of in modern times. (Sunny Yang/NTD)

 

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Screen image from a video released by NTD, Paul describes how he teaches his students to read the Constitution so that they are able to then question it. As people begin to understand it, their questions become informed and they are able to see the brilliance behind the document and its content. (Sunny Yang/NTD)

 

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Screen image from a video released by NTD, Where is the American culture of freedom and Liberty today? (Sunny Yang/NTD)

 

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In a still image from a video released by NTD, Life and Times Host Kay Rubacek, takes a lesson from Paul’s book, “How to Read the Constitution,” and finds that it’s not so difficult after all. (Oliver Trey/NTD)