Happy 800th Birthday Magna Carta!


You don’t look a day over 650, really!

Signed by England’s King John in the year 1215, Magna Carta was the first state document that stressed that the often tyrannical power of the monarchy be restrained by law and that individuals have specific, inviolable rights. America’s own constitution based system sprung from this, with the superiority of individual rights over the state laying the foundation for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Too many people I fear, have forgotten the importance of this and that government should exist at the consent of its people and not the other way around.  Many seem to actually feel more comfortable living under a powerful and controlling state; the anthesis of what the Founding Fathers intended and an easy hole for tyranny to slip through and take up residence.

We must be vigilant in keeping the spirit of documents like Magna Carta and our own Bill of Rights alive, for as the author of this interesting article states, “For a piece of parchment, no matter how glorious its words, cannot guarantee freedom. Freedom comes from the people having the belief that it is their due, and that is the product of a culture of freedom.”

Click on the link, it’s a good, quick read.

Photo credit goes to UK National Archives, nationalarchives.gov.uk

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9 Responses to Happy 800th Birthday Magna Carta!

  1. Very interesting! I think a lot of people forget that America didn’t invent these concepts… 🙂

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  2. Lily Lau says:

    Happy birthday! Loved to know these facts, let’s keep respecting it 🙂

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  3. ColorStorm says:

    Good stuff tricia-

    A great reminder that a ‘constitution’ is the backbone of something. The foundation of that grand estate there has a great constitution.

    A person of character has a great constitution. The tip of the iceberg has a very good constitution, (to say the least.)

    In addition to another idea of ‘we the people,’ there is always the constitution of the scriptures………………. 😉

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  4. WOW, had no idea that the Magna Carta is 800 years old. It really hit me with the 2nd page of your link, “Many countries have constitutions that contain the same rights as are found in the U.S. Constitution, yet the people of those countries are not free”.
    Our freedoms are such a privilege. Always so important to pray for our government.
    Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

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    • Tricia says:

      I know, 800, is pretty darn old! It’s true what you say Carl about other countries having those rights but not the freedoms. It’s so fleeing though and easy to lose, I fear we are headed in that direction. As always thanks for coming by. I’ve been meaning to get to your site as well and check out your always enjoyable posts.

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