Speaking Proudly of God and Country.
A Representative Democracy
A Government by the people and for the people.
A legislative body consisting of people chosen to act and speak on behalf of a wider group.
A system of government by the whole population or eligible members of a state.
As we close out the runoffs in the primaries for the midterm elections, I thought it might be a good idea for the voters to judge on the state of our union. To do this, I have taken the preamble to our constitution and highlighted in red the keywords that our forefathers established as a reason to create the document.
In order to judge the representation of our democracy, I thought it only fair that we should look at the intentions our forefathers had for our institutions of government and contrast them to what we see today. After all, our elected representatives all swear to uphold the constitution as they take office.
We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for 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.
“We the People” ordained (ordered) this constitution. The men who put it together and signed it were representatives of “We the People.” In other words, they were acting and speaking on behalf of the people they represented. When they signed the constitution, it was with the permission of the people they represented.
In order to form a more perfect union; right from the beginning of our country’s history the, “We the People” of that time, ordered (ordained) the men they sent to represent them to create a document that would promote unity.
Over two centuries later, we find the men and women that we have sent to represent us, (who have sworn to “uphold the Constitution so help me God,”) gridlocked in partisanship. They are no longer representing all of the people, but are instead representing a political affiliation and those who belong to it, leaving “We the People” of today, fragmented and more distant from a perfect union.
Our founding fathers established an institution of government called the Supreme Court. Their job was to settle any dispute of equity among the people and their constitution. Today, our Supreme Court is made up of nine judges. These nine judges, and the judge’s before them in the last 50 years have left me scratching my head in bewilderment.
In my mind, a judge should be a person of wisdom. In other words, they should be a person who has knowledge of, and experience with, information. Knowing how that information is to be properly applied is what makes them wise. I’ve heard it stated more simply that: “wisdom is the ability to use knowledge correctly.” It seems the prerequisite for becoming a Supreme Court Judge has been narrowed to the candidate’s experience with the system of judgment rather than the wisdom of the subject being judged.
Having said that, that’s not what troubles me. What troubles me is a five to four decision. In fact, anything less than a unanimous decision causes me pause. If the people who are sitting on the Supreme Court are applying their wisdom to a standard, and this standard is the intent of the Constitution, (the Preamble), and all nine are wise, then it seems to this simple minded person their conclusion should be the same. Therein lies the problem; that little word “if.” “If” they are all wise…. ‘if” they are applying their wisdom to a standard.
Looking through the preamble to the constitution, it’s easy to see the standard our forefathers established for the purpose of their document. Equally visible are the guards to protect their document. It was not the Supreme Court, a King, a group of lawyers, or a lobby group; it was the governed; you and I, the voters.
It seems all too clear to me the Supreme Court has been infected by ideology, (their own personal views), and “We the People” of today must exercise our wisdom in judging this court. We must do our due diligence to ensure that those who appoint these judges, the Presidents, do so in a wise manor.
Wisdom is the standard for our President. ——The ability to use knowledge correctly. —-
Insure domestic tranquility:
Tranquil…..Free from commotion, showing no signs of anxiety or agitation.
Our constitution was established to insure tranquility in our country. Our forefathers put together a document that gave power to the governed to institute bodies of government that are to insure domestic tranquility. I honestly don’t know where to start the contrast of the intentions for our government and the results we are getting today.
Not a day has gone by in my lifetime when a member of the elected representatives of the people of our country hasn’t condemned or ridiculed another elected representative. Daily, in every media outlet, we see our President, our members of the Senate, and our members of the House of Representatives, committing high crimes and misdemeanors (grounds for impeachment) with their partisan and divisive language.
All of our elected representatives are under a sworn oath to follow the Constitution. I believe a reprimand is long overdue. “We the People” must reiterate our orders of domestic tranquility.
Provide for common defense:
The United States military force is second to none. History records many great armies, but none have reached the heights of superiority over their adversaries like the military of the U.S. I think it’s safe to say that our forefathers would be proud of the way the Constitution, which they constructed, provided for the common defense of their successors.
If George Washington had enjoyed the military superiority over his adversaries that we have today, the fight for independence would have been short and sweet. As much as we would like to rewrite history and give our ancestors the benefits of the tools they provided for us, we know that could never happen. However, we do have the responsibility to manage these tools and ensure they are in good repair, so we can provide common defense for ourselves and our successors.
Our nation’s defense can never be a secondary issue. We can build the greatest economy with the highest standard of living and with all the perks and benefits a society could possibly spoil itself with, but if someone can take it from us, all we’ve done is build it for them. Nothing we do or achieve will be safe without the means to protect it.
Much to our shame, we have been derelict in our duty to control our representatives who have charge over our military activity. Our military is being used in ways George Washington’s adversaries had used their military superiority; to occupy and control. The commander in chief, (the Presidents since WWII), have commanded our military resources in accordance with their ideology and not the constitution. Posing themselves as a leader on the world stage, they have forgotten their position in our representative democracy; they are not our leaders, they are our representatives.
Our military is the envy of the world. Yet, sometimes it feels like we have the greatest race car ever invented with a driver who just wants to say they’re in control of it, but hasn’t the slightest idea of what it is designed to do. Our military is designed to provide for the common defense of our people. It is designed to win battles that insure the safety of our people. When the battle is over, they disengage and return to a ready position. They are not designed to be a security guard for their enemies’ peace and prosperity; they are designed to win battles.
Diplomacy only works if adversaries believe the contrast between themselves and their enemy. If our military is always taken off the table when offering a peaceful solution to a conflict, it only gives our enemies a false sense of equality when responding to our demands. Therefore, our demands are never met because our representatives have diluted our superior position. Peace through strength only works if you acknowledge your strength and believe in your right to use it.
Our military, as great as it is, cannot provide for the common defense of the world nor should it try, but its greatness should never be downplayed in an attempt to accomplish peace. Our Commander in Chief has no constitutional right to direct our military forces to engage in, or run from, a battle based on an ideology; only for the common defense of “WE the People.”
Promote the general Welfare to ourselves and our Posterity:
Sometimes when looking at the intended purpose of a text, it is easiest to discover its true meaning by looking for the writers reasons for writing it to begin with. The first thing that comes to my mind is ‘The Declaration of Independence,’ where our forefathers declared “independence.” If we as a country have declared our independence, fought a bloody war to obtain that independence, suffered through the economic hardships of a new country to keep our independence, it seems obvious that the people writing this passage wanted independence.
The second thing that comes to mind is the “Preamble“ itself. Preamble can mean many things; such as, introduction, opening, or explanations. All are similar, yet different. In the case of our
Preamble, it was to explain why they were writing the Constitution. The words, “in order to” at the beginning of the Preamble, and the words “do ordain” toward the end, give evidence to its purpose.
I think we can conclude that; the Preamble is an explanation of how the Constitution will work for an independent people.
Putting things back in context, I think it self-evident what the framers of the Constitution wanted: The institutions of the government to promote (not provide) for the general (not the special) welfare (not the success) of the governed.
It was never intended by our forefathers for the government of the United States to:
Provide special people the means to succeed at the expense of the other citizens!
Secure the Blessings of Liberty:
When we think of securing something, especially the government securing something, Fort Knox has to be somewhere in the forefront of our minds. The gold in its vault is said to be the most secured item in the world. So, I think it reasonable to assume that our federal government has the ability and the experience to secure something it deems valuable to “We the People.”
So, what is this “blessings of Liberty” our forefathers thought so valuable?
I think it self-evident, and so did they.
In “The Declaration of Independence,” the second paragraph reads: ” We hold these truths to be self- evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” They go on in this paragraph to state that the reason for government is to secure these rights.
The framers of the documents that forged our country had experienced firsthand oppressive institutions of government and religion, and it was not their intent to form either. They did not want their new country ruled by a government or a religion, but rather by the virtues of the governed; instilled in them by their Creator.
These men were not godless. In fact, they were men of great faith. They believed in, and were acting upon, their Judeo-Christian values; one Creator and His power to rule and bless His creation. The Government, as designed by the framers of the constitution, is to protect our religious freedoms.
We are endowed by our Creator, making us the blessed, and our Creator the source of those blessings. The government is instituted to protect this relationship without mediation.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye, What Say Ye The People?
The State of the Union
(The governed perspective based on the intent of the preamble of the Constitution.)
A more perfect union: ….. “We the People”—- find; a high level of divisive partisanship.
Established justice: ….. “We the People”—–find; unwise judgments without equity.
Domestic tranquility: ….. “We the People”—–find; unpunished acts of treason.
Common defense: ….. “We the People”—–find; a child can penetrate our borders.
General welfare: ….. “We the People”—–find; provisions for special people to succeed.
Security of blessings: ….. “We the People”—–find; usurpation by government.
Voting is not a right, it is not a privilege, it is; a responsibility!
It’s all on us. We can complain about our government, we can curse God, and we can yell about our neighbors, but if we worship only our Creator, love our neighbors as ourselves, and vote responsibly, “We the People”—–May find; the State of the Union is STRONG.