Mackenzie Roy, a senior at Cloquet High School, was honored by the Cloquet VFW Post 3979 and Auxiliary with a certificate, medal and $100 award for her excellent essay, “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” The essay was Roy’s submission for the VFW’s annual “Voice of Democracy” essay contest. Roy is the daughter of Patty and Jeff Roy.
The second-place winner was Anna Johnson, daughter of Robin and Steve Johnson. She also received a certificate, medal and $75 award.
Each year the Voice of Democracy contest is offered to 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade public or home-schooled students. Not only do they receive awards, but the first-place winner receives scholarship funds when reaching the department top essay.
Here is Roy's winning essay:
“Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?
A little boy flinches with each crack of the whip on his father’s back. He will never understand the so called “justice” the boss deals out. Similarly, he will never understand the concept of slavery. How can a country representing freedom enslave people because their skin is darker? It is not right. Then again, it does not have to be, because he has no rights. The majority took them from him. Later on, a daughter desperately grasps her mother’s hand as Nazis attempt to wrench apart the two. As she watches her mother get pushed away, she questions life. Asking herself how this is happening. She looks, plays, and talks the same as her friends from school, yet, they took her from her school, her home, and her life. How can a country claiming to protect its people punish them for their ancestry? It is not right. Once again, it does not have to be, because she has no rights. Again, the majority took people’s rights.
Certainly our Constitution still has relevance. It gave the minorities rights that the majorities tried to take away. Just because most people believe something, does not make it justified. For example, the majority of the south truly believed in slavery and was ready to keep it legal. However, enslaving a race of people, no matter the ethnicity, age, or gender, is taking away human rights. The Constitution now protects those human rights. In other words, it gives the underdogs a fighting chance to be equal. The Constitution makes this country the true symbol of freedom. Because, the country represents all people as equals by abolishing the abusing power our majority used over the outnumbered. It gives everyone an equal voice, thus, making America a great country. I say great because the Constitution protects our people from ever experiencing a Holocaust. It will not give one man the chance to influence a country into hating a group for simply how they look due to their ancestry. Any Hitler will be silenced by the people’s constitutional given rights. He will have no chance to turn the majorities beliefs against others, because the Constitution takes away the opportunity. Assuredly, our Constitution protects us. It is completely relevant, because it gives everyone the same rights. This makes our country a united front and stronger than anyone. I say stronger because it eliminates the chance for controversy and creates an aligned front. It removes a country’s uncertainty. Nevertheless, we each have our own voice and get to use it in our government. The democracy holds strong serving by the people, for the people. But, the Constitution blocks us from misusing our voice. Indeed our Constitution is still relevant.
Unquestionably America does exercise more freedom than anywhere else. Our freedom originates from our Constitution. For example, the Constitution itself is the rights of our people written out for everybody to see. Furthermore, we have a supreme court whose sole purpose is to protect those rights and make sure none are broken. Not only does America display the rights for everybody to know and understand, but it goes to far lengths to protect the rights. In other words, our Constitution is the foundation of our freedom. There are many relevant examples of the Constitution’s role in America, but the basis of the Constitution’s role lies with the equality. Without equality, power will be abused. It is only human. But when eliminating this factor, you obtain an equality of liberty that makes America what it is today. The Constitution protects our equality. Therefore, the Constitution will forever remain relevant.