John Chambers has a standard response to anyone who questions his credentials for writing a study guide for the Constitution. “Zero,” he says. “I am a citizen who took an interest. I have no more intelligence or education than anyone else.” His father might tell you that Mr. Chambers’s interest began when he was twelve. That summer, he sat young Johnny down and had him copy the Constitution into one of those composition books with the squiggly black-and-white covers. On the left-hand page, Johnny would copy the document in its original language. On the right-hand side, he
translated it into modern English.
Mr. Chambers believes that the United States was originally set up as a constitutional republic. Due to ignorance of the Constitution, however, the people have let the government slide into a “democratic republic” where opinion polls have more weight than law or the constitution itself. If enough people discover what the constitution is, he believes, they, as a democracy, will demand the return to a Constitutional Republic.
“My job is to present the Constitution from the best angle I can find. . . My promise is that to the best of my ability: when you complete this book, you will have read and understood the entire U.S. Constitution.”
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