We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's the one thing all Americans have in common, other than summer vacations. If it's too malleable, it's nothing, and then America is nothing. The Constitution embodies the radical idea (with a few compromises to get it accepted - all since corrected).
“America is the only country ever founded on an idea. The only country that is not founded on race or even common history. It's founded on an idea and the idea is liberty. That is probably the rarest phenomena in the political history of the world; this has never happened before. And not only has it happened, but it's worked. We are the most flourishing, the most powerful, most influential country on Earth with this system, invented by the greatest political geniuses probably in human history.”
As the Fourth of July approaches, I think it's important to note we celebrate this day as our Independence Day. We don't celebrate September 3 and the signing of the Treaty of Paris wherein the King of England recognized our independence, we celebrate July 4, the day we said we were free. And that was the founding of America. America was not founded on the Constitution, it was founded on the Declaration of Independence, specifically some of the most beautiful words in the English language: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
The Constitution merely founded that necessary evil we call government. That's where that next line comes from: "That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it...." Don't confuse America and America's government. The Constitution is not a sacred document, the Declaration of Independence is.
And I don't say that lightly, I've frequently said that the first American was Martin Luther, the guy who stood up to the Pope and said "God gave me a brain and a conscience the same as any man and I'm just as fit as any man to understand the Word, to decide for myself Good and Evil and Right and Wrong - no mortal man has the authority to come between me and my God." And everything else flows from that.