Publication Date

Spring 2012


Helms School of Government


Government: Politics and Policy

Primary Subject Area

Political Science, General


Covenant, Constitution, Civil Covenant, United States Constitution


American Politics


The problem with the national government and politics in the United States today is that citizens and politicians have both forgotten, ignored, and undermined the nature and significance of the U.S. Constitution as a civil covenant based on civil and religious liberty and limited government. This thesis proposes to analyze the nature of the Constitution as a civil covenant and how a proper interpretation and application of it as such can solve many of today’s most pressing political problems. It will discuss the nature and history of civil covenants, examine the mechanics of the Constitution in the creation of a Federal Republic, briefly trace the breakdown of this system through sundry events and policies in American history, and delineate a few possible solutions.