The Constitution and Declaration of Independence
When I was in high school, I never was required to read the Constitution or Declaration of Independence. I recall one time in my junior year when everyone was divided up in my U.S. History class and each group was given an Amendment to explain to the rest of the class. I recall a majority of the class objecting, with one of my peers even being as bold as to protest out loud, "It's not like we use it anymore anyways!"
The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of our United States of America have lost a significant amount of their influence that they once had towards the way that Americans live.
Part of President Obama's healthcare reform includes the mandate that all health insurances, even those religiously affiliated, must provide coverage for birth control, sterilization, and abortion. Obama clearly chose to overlook the plain-face fact that within the Bill of Rights itself, it states, in the first Amendment that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereofÃ¢ÂÂ¦" The Constitution and Amendments were created as a safeguard for each citizen's individual rights to express morals freely and without question.
Religious freedom to practice and express one's own beliefs has been a liberty that the United States has been known for. People came to the United States in order to have that freedom because they knew that our government was under oath to our Constitution and Declaration of Independence to ensure the acceptance of any faith views. Now, I'm not entirely prejudice against our President, but if Congress is so 'preachy' about the importance of the Constitution and Declaration, then you would think that they would more closely examine each document before a choice like this one...