Have you ever taken the time to read the Constitution of the United States, or at least the preamble?
I'm not a lawyer or an expert on the Constitution so I'm sure you'll be correcting me if I'm wrong on some things. From my understanding a preamble in a legal document is not legally binding text. It's simply a description of the purpose of the legal jargon that follows. The idea is to describe, in layman's terms, which is a group I'm proud to be in, the idea or context of the legal jargon that follows. It may be the reasoning of why the law is being written, what it is meant to achieve, the Spirit of the document and law that follows the preamble if you will.
That being said I ask you to take a few minutes and read the Pre-amble of the Constitution of the United States and think about what it means to you. Think about the circumstances that lead up to the drafting of the Constitution and its eventual ratification by the colonies. Then we'll move on with the discussion after you've thought about it for a bit.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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."
Think about those first three words for a moment, "We the People", it doesn't say "We the Politicians", "We the Businesses", "We the Special Interest Groups", "We the PAC's", "We the Lobbyists ", "We the Republicans", "We the Democrats".
"In Order to form a more perfect Union", so the reason for the American Revolution and the creation of the United States and the drafting and Ratification of the U.S. constitution was to form a union to serve the people. Agreed?
Who formed the Union and the United States? "We the People", are you sure it wasn't those other "We's"?
"establish Justice, insure domestic Tranqulity, Provide for the common defense" so who does those things? Is it those other "We's" or "We the People"? Do those other "We's" serve in the Military, do they serve as Police Officers, Firemen, Doctors, Nurses, School Teachers, etc…?
"promote the general Welfare" ok, wait a minute, It says "promote" the general Welfare, it doesn't say "Provide" the general welfare. Who is supposed to "Promote" the general Welfare? Would that be "We the people" or the other "We's"?
"and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity". So "We the People" secured the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity". Wait a minute, the word is "Posterity" not "Prosperity"…
1.succeeding or future generations collectively: Judgment of this age must be left to posterity.
2.all descendants of one person: His fortune was gradually dissipated by his posterity.
Does that mean we are supposed to be passing down Liberty from one Generation to the next and the laws passed are supposed to help ourselves and our future generations or does it mean were only suppose to worry about short term profits and goals and passing legislation now to get re-elected? I wonder if the other "We's" are worried about "We the People" and future generations and passing Liberty down to them?
"do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." So it was the People that established the Constitution and the United States. I guess for some reason I thought it was the Other "We's" , imagine that. So If "We the People" did all of those things above then wouldn't it stand to reason the government of the United States was created to serve the People, or should "We the people" let the other "We's" decide what is best for the citizens?
I think I remember someone saying something about that once, Let me think, Oh Yea, the Gettysburg address given by President Lincoln on Nov, 19 1863. Of particular note is the last sentence which is constantly used to point out that the Government belongs to the people, not the other way around, "that government of the people, by the people, for the people,"
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. "
So if the Spirit of the constitution is that the government's responsibility is to represent the people so the people can do all of those things, you know, promoting the general Welfare, providing for our defense, tranquility, Liberty etc… Then what are the other "We's" suppose to be doing?
I ask this now because I'm wondering how elected representatives can be representing the People when they are so beholding to the PAC's, lobbyists, Special Interest groups, Political parties Ideologies, etc..?
How can the other "We's" be looking out for the peoples best Interests, Promoting Liberty, etc.. when their only concern is the well being of their special interest, cause of the day, ideology, getting re-elected, filling "We the (fill in blank)"s pocket. What if, "What if" yea right, those other "We's" have more power and influence over our elected officials than "we the people" do, who ends up getting represented?
So why isn't the American people standing up and demanding Campaign financing and election reform?
It's Ok for "We the (fill in Blank)s" to be telling our elected representatives how they should be spending "We the People's" money?
But the idea that the Election Process itself should, and needs to be, overhauled with a bill to return our government back into the hands of the people isn't Ok?
You're willing to give up your liberty and freedom, and the freedom and liberty for generations to come, hand the U.S government and representation over to the other "We's", because it's too much to ask that you actually have to do those things set forth in the Preamble of the Constitution yourself?
Would someone please tell me when the U.S. government stopped being the government of the people and the peoples responsibility to monitor and be stewards of our government ended?