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How do you Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States?
Mark A. Goldman                                    Revised: 8/20/01


You protect and defend the Constitution of the United States every day by how you live and interact with others and with your environment. You stay informed, you stay conscious, you maintain your dignity and become someone who can be trusted trusted to deal fairly with others, trusted to tell the truth, trusted to maintain a level of intellectual integrity and compassion that allows you at once to be humble, flexible, steadfast, helpful, and brave.  You understand the rights and privileges guaranteed you under the Constitution and you speak up and stand up if and when you see those rights being degraded or denied to others.  You do not work simply to make a living; you work to make a contribution, so that civilization, as you know it, advances for everyone in it.  You realize that life isn't fair, but that doesn't stop you from trying to make it fair.  You do not use what you have... whether it be education, money, or influence to exploit others who have less.  Instead, you use your education, your money, and your influence to extend the rights and privileges that you enjoy to those who are denied them. You know that you are not perfect, that you have made mistakes, that you have sometimes failed... but you do not let the fact that your past is flawed or that you have stumbled, invalidate your right to stand up and try again. You are, in short, an honest, decent human being, even if being that way does not make you rich and powerful, and even if it does.