“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Preamble to the United States Constitution, adopted September 17, 1787.
Two hundred and twenty-three years ago the foundation of our government was established. The U.S. Constitution divided power amongst three branches – legislative, executive and judicial – assigning specific powers and duties to each. Any duties not specifically outlined (enumerated) for each branch were reserved for the states or the people. For the first time in world history, a government was being established with “the people” in mind. Not a government for just the elite, the wealthy or the powerful, but for all of us. Our Founder’s wanted to assure the greatest freedoms for all people, and felt that in order to do so they had to limit the powers granted to those that govern.
The U.S. Constitution is the core of our government, and all laws that are made must align themselves with it, otherwise they would be deemed “unconstitutional” or non-binding. The only way to change any aspect of the Constitution would be to go through the lengthy and tedious task of amending it. A new amendment must be first approved by two-thirds of both houses of Congress, and then it must be approved by three-fourths of the states, before it can be ratified as a new amendment. This is why it has only been amended twenty-seven times in the past 223 years – our Founder’s wanted to make doubly sure that the majority of the people approved any change in their form of government.
All government officials, elected or otherwise, take an oath to support and defend our Constitution against all enemies, be they foreign or domestic. Unfortunately, I think many have chosen to ignore their oath, moving perilously close to acting like the very domestic enemies the Constitution warns us about. Unwilling to do their job of supporting and defending the Constitution, they have instead chosen to support and defend themselves and their power base. A government by and for the people is changing to a government by and for an elite powerful few. They have so twisted and changed what they think the Constitution says, finding powers granted to them where there weren’t any, that the freedom of all Americans is now at risk. And because so many Americans have been ignorant of what the Constitution actually says – versus what the politicians say it says – we have just gone along with it.
But no longer. Americans are pulling out the Constitution and reading it. We are starting to learn our founding principles again. We are understanding the meaning of thrift, responsibility, honor, and hard work, and how these principles built our great nation. We are asking the tough questions of our local and federal representatives (for those not running away from us that is), no longer trusting their words but demanding actions that align with this precious text. We no longer want the pitiful crumbs that the politicians offer in exchange for our freedom. We know that accepting them will only keep us ever beholden to the fickle mercies and preferences of the government. Tyranny can only thrive as long as the people remain ignorant, and our politicians are finding that we are ignorant no longer. Is it any wonder that they don’t even bother hiding their disgust for the intelligence of the American people anymore?
Do want a nanny, or do you want freedom? Do you want the rights that come from God, or the rights allowed to you by the state? Are you content to be controlled, condescended, and lied to, or do you want power over your own life? It is time that all Americans read, support and defend the U.S Constitution. Our future freedom and that of our children depends on it.
Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
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