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