SPOTLIGHT: Back to the Basics – Constitutionally Speaking

Written by John Biver

Is the Declaration of Independence “perhaps one of the most important documents in the history of mankind”? Or are both the Declaration and U.S. Constitution to be disregarded because there were slave owners involved with drafting them?

David Shestokas is Monte Larrick’s guest on this week’s Illinois Spotlight podcast. Shestokas is an expert on the American Founding documents, a former Cook County assistant state’s attorney, and an author of: Creating the Declaration of IndependenceConstitutional Sound Bites, and Capsulas Informativas Constitucionales, which “explains for Spanish language readers both the meaning and historical context of the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.”

They discuss the value of the U.S. Constitution, the correlation between the Unanimous Declaration on Independence and the U.S. Constitution, the modern movement to tear down monuments and statues, what the danger is in thinking that the Constitution is a living document, and the new Supreme Court of the United States.

Monte Larrick asks, “with what’s happening today with uproar in the streets and dysfunction in Washington, D.C., how can looking back at the Constitution help us?” Check out this week’s podcast for David Shestokas’ answer, and feel free to share with your friends!

You can follow David Shestokas on Twitter: @shestokas .

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