‘WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES’
In his first Inaugural Address, at the very dawning of our republic, George Washington said it well, on April 30, 1789:
“No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States.
“Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.”
Those words were wise over 200 years ago, and they are still wise today.
Soon after the signing of the Constitution, our Founders realized they had not created the perfect document. Thus the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791, when nearly 4 million people called themselves Americans. They could revel in yet another miracle for every person who’d lived under a tyrant.
Today we still wonder at the rights men granted themselves. Yet the Constitution was still not a perfect document, as the rights granted to many did not extend to women, Native Americans, and slaves, all of whom had sweat equity in our new nation.
“Recognizing that these imperfections are key to our continual search for true north beneath all the stars of good and evil. Those who forced our birth in 1776, carried with them bigotry and brutality, among other things. Yet, propelled as they were by a natural law embedded within them by an Almighty God, they struggled toward that “more perfect union” we still seek today.” (The Patriot Post, September 2017)
Today many still flock to these shores, driven to find that which no other country in the history of mankind has been able to provide.
Ronald Reagan put it best in his Sixth State of the Union Address: “Why is the Constitution of the United States so exceptional? Well, the difference is so small that it almost escapes you – but it’s so great it tells you the whole story in just three words: We the people.
“In the constitutions [of other nations], the government tells the people…what they are allowed to do. In our Constitution, we the people tell the government what it can do and that it can do only those things listed in that document and no others.
“Virtually every other revolution in history has just exchanged one set of rulers for another set of rulers. Our revolution was the first to say the people are the masters, and government is their servant.”
Today, we have in our midst those who would take away the “Blessings of Liberty” guaranteed to us by the Constitution and who would reverse the words of Ronald Reagan to: ‘The government is the master, and the people are the servants.”
Two hundred and thirty years after the signing of the Constitution, do we have it all right? No we do not.
Will we ever have it all right? Most likely, we never will.
However, it is a certainty that those on the Left who are determined to tear apart the very fabric of this great nation with their hate and violence don’t have the answers.
What do they plan to replace our Constitution with? Liberty is being threatened by its antithesis: tyranny.
We celebrate the signing of the Constitution and the birth of our United States Government this year next Monday, September 18, 2017.
I stand for Liberty!