The Magna Carta was arguably the first Constitution of English law. The Mayflower Compact was the first Constitution of the Americas. These were “basic laws”, providing unanimous permission from all the people to create a government. All government would be built on this Constitution because all the people had agreed to it. Once a Constitution breaks, the powerful and corrupt few find a crack through which to slip if they fool the masses just long enough to seize power from the people.
The last line of defense between the people and those who seek to oppress them is their Constitution.
Hitler spoke kindly and calmly, only later in his speeches raising his voice after telling stories that cast a hypnotic spell of anger on his audiences. The tyrant—shrouded as a “savior”—demands limitless powers to “help”, his tone so kind that none suspect him.
Over-regulation is a classic tool to subtly enslave the people. Criminals get away with almost anything when they say that they aren’t doing precisely what they are doing, especially criminals in government. Aristocrats’ favorite method to enslave society is Socialism birthed as over-regulation. A Constitution limits the ability of the criminals to commandeer the government in the name of “helping” the very problems those criminal aristocracies create in the classic pulp fiction cycle of cops and robbers justifying each other’s existence. The people need police to regulate peace—a need easily exploited.
A Constitution is, essentially, the regulation of the regulation of the regulators. Socialism seeks to delegate safety away from the people to the government. Constitutional Capitalism retains all powers among the people, creating a super-slow moving government too tied down with regulations of the regulators to be worth a criminal aristocracy’s effort.
The solution to recurring problems of governance and society remains in the hands of a society where every individual takes responsibility to learn why things are what they are. Only the people can hold power over Constitutions, but even Constitutions will be taken from them if the people are not actively involved in thinking independently and learning from history as individuals, never relegating control of their Constitution nor preservation of their freedom to any centralized authority.