I would bet that you, dollars to donut holes, cannot recite the Preamble yourself, right now. Without peeking. Try it. I'd also suggest that you memorize the thing--this never-cited first sentence of the U.S. Constitution.
I would also bet that almost every federal, state and local official who swears to "support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic," all cannot recite the Preamble.
I'd also bet that they have not read and/or do not carry with them, a pocket Constitution. (For the record, Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich and Rand Paul--dunno about Marcy Kapture--carry or carried them around (if no longer serving). Years ago, there were Senators and Representatives who could recite the entire Constitution. After all, it's only five pages long, when you include the moribund Bill of Rights.
All of this goes to my overarching assertion that the Constitution has fallen into woeful and terrifying disuse. And actions taken in direct contravention of the Constitution--taken by our presidents and on down, continue to grow in number and severity. The "President's Kill-By-Drones List"* is but one "poster child" for this phenomenon of unconstitutional and un-checked government activity — much of which is just the commission of ordinary, run-of-the-mill crimes--like murder...government killing without due process, incarceration without due process, etc., torturing POWs to death, etc., never mind being at base unconstitutional, impeachable, prosecutable criminal conduct.
And most citizens are simply unaware of even this first sentence of the Constitution. The goal of this project is to make citizens aware of and familiar with the Constitution and how it plays out in our everyday lives. I would also include resident aliens (green-card visas), but they are required to learn the Constitution as part of the requirements for citizenship, so they already are aware. They can't speak out about it, of course, for fear of arbitrary and capricious deportation before they're admitted to citizenship. After they're sworn in as citizens, they can speak out about these violations of the constitution--and go to jail like the rest of us for writing, speaking, communicating, and peacefully assembling to petition "our" government for redress of grievances.
That pretty much covers the ground (and the air-space above it, with the crumpled up Constitution lying somewhere nearbye). Interesting to note that "Constitutionalists" and "people who quote the Constitution all the time," and veterans should appear on "our" government's hit lists, we're warned. Truly a Constitutional Climate Conversion is taking place, where hot is cold and We the People are the enemies of what once was "our" government. Can we step back from the precipice in time?
* Here's a description of the Obama Kill List program made by Rosa Brooks, a former War Department employee, as viewed on HBO's Last Week Tonight, w/ John Oliver, in his Drones episode:
"Right now we have the executive branch making a claim that it has the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials."
I can also report watching/listening to a Cop Confrontation Video on YouTube, one of those "Show Me Your ID. I am the Law. I need to know who you are" deals, countered with the appropriate "Officer, do you have reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed? You can see that I am unarmed. Am I being detained? Am I free to go? etc. where the confrontation remained verbal with a soupçon of Glock-brandishing.
The officer -- security person for a private-ish estate--got out of his car, pulled his pistol, flailed it about for a bit, and asked, towards the end of the exercise, in a derisive tone of voice, "What are you, some kind of Constitutionalist?"
I couldn't catch the jurisdiction painted under the "Protect and Serve" BS on the squad car, but most officers of the law and peace officers (unless they're village animal control officers), recite the federal oath of office when they're sworn in. It includes the line, "I, A. B., do solemnly swear (or affirm) to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic...." I wonder if they think that makes them "a Constitutionalist." They should think that, because it does!
With the significant and pernicious exceptions of Lloyd Blankfein and his Bankster Pals, dual-passport high-level federal appointees from the Land of USS Liberty, ex presidents, members of the Council on Foreign Relations, the owners of the 12 privately owned "Federal" "Reserve" banks, all of us Americans are living under the same Constitution. With the exception of dual-passport, dual-citizen folks--and neither you, nor probably they, has a clue which Constitution, or Declaration of Human Rights, if any, they're defending, if any.
The president, by the way, has his own oath, tucked right into the Constitution. He swears "to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution," but he reserves "culpable deniability," a loophole. His weasel-worded escape phrase reads, "to the best of my ability." How could Jimmy Madison have missed that thoughtless error?!
The result has been this: As we've all observed (if our eyes and ears are open), the "best ability" was none to good for the past and current prez, all the more stunning in that the latter proffered some pretense of giving a Constitutional Law course in [name of school?]. And the SUPREMES take the federal oath, plus an oath to administer the laws faithfully, fairly, without prejudice and all that good stuff. The phrase "with common sense" wasn't included, sadly, because five of the Supremes formed the misguided notion that they could turn a piece of paper (corporate charter) into a Person. Hey, Pinnoccio, come take a bow!