What Might They Say?
By: Gary Hardee
“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.”
Why this “statement of purpose” is not readily understood is likely the result of many factors, not the least of which are decades of cultural and educational decline, governments running and regulating the school systems, unionized government paid and approved school teachers, and thereby a steady rewriting of history to favor government actions that run counter to the very words of the Preamble!
So, in keeping with today’s words and communications standards I offer this interpretation as if from the founders:
“We, the writers of this Constitution, having deliberated extensively over every issue we think critical for the proper operating of a national government, having just endured a war and struggle for freedom over tyranny, and the earlier problems under the Articles of Confederation, are compelled by this 1st and present Constitutional Convention seeking to accomplish six main goals as noted below. We have combined all our wisdom, knowledge and experience to offer and propose this set of rules and guidelines to achieve them. They are:
1) To form a more perfect union of the states as they relate to each other, in our relations to each other and in our relations to other nations of the world.
2) Establish justice.
3) Insure domestic tranquility and peace – therefore the greatest happiness.
4) Provide for the means of common defense in times of attack or threats.
5) Promote the general welfare of all parties to this Constitution.
6) Secure the blessings of liberty, both now and to those yet unborn.
A stable and enduring government, built and operated for the benefit of her citizens generally, must remain small and restricted. We can think of no better way to accomplish this than to base its powers on the consent of the governed and limiting its activities to only those things that we individually have a natural right to do or more locally, the states.
There is a natural danger in governments, in establishing governments and in operating governments. Their tendency is to grow beyond their proper functions and to become instruments of legal plunder and turn into tyranny. Vigilance, our fellow citizens, is the price of freedom and if you think that you can sit on your laurels, generation after generation, and shirk this duty of vigilance and remain free – you are sadly mistaken!
We have taken great pains to accomplish the six goals above. We’d like to point out that they are all inclusive and considerate of each other, inseparable. For the record, a preamble is a statement of purpose, an overarching goal, an ideal end point and what we hope to accomplish. It does not grant any powers itself, only the body and subsequent amendments that are consistent with it will keep our republic true to its purposes. Let not any amendment be approved that does not conform to these goals or tyranny will be in your futures!
It is vital that you do not allow our words and intent to be misconstrued and distorted. Men will come along, seeking to undo and thwart our best laid restraints. It is the nature of man to live at the expense of others. History has instructed us to build a hardened wall against this nature of man. We have done that in our day to the best of our current abilities but it may not be perfect and as times change, new safeguards may be required through amendment. Be on guard and teach every generation accurate history so as to not fall prey to their ploys and evil designs. Heed our warning that the accumulation and concentration of powers in a single place is the very definition of tyranny.
Consider our time and what we have just endured. From our long struggles with abuses and arbitrary powers we have created and offer to a young nation this Constitution for you to improve at necessary times by amendment. Let no one assume powers not specifically delegated or that run counter to the preamble.
We wish every succeeding generation great wisdom and character in the exercise of its self-interest. Maintain the atmosphere of personal liberties and personal responsibilities which are given to each from Divine Providence, not government. Jealously guard your liberties or fall victim to the lowest desires of fallen man.”
(posthumously and respectfully submitted to our countrymen ~ the Founders)