Did you know?

Posted: September 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Did you know that yesterday was, in the United States, Constitution day? Yeah me either.  So what did you do yesterday? Me? I went to work, came home at dinner went for a walk watched tv, did a little reading. Nothing spectacular. 227 years ago our founding fathers signed the constitution. Something which was incredible, empowering and I can’t help but think gave me the freedom to do what I did yesterday.

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I am not sure if you have but when you get the chance you should read the United States Constitution.  It is important. The constitution is a living document which empowers the majority with respect to the minority.  Even though it lacks judicial power the preamble to the constitution of the United States is powerful and embodies what I feel is the American spirit.

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.”

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You knew the quote was coming. I contemplated pasting the whole thing to the post but, I thought I could just give you the link.  This preamble outlines why the United States is the way it is. Here we can find some fundamental guiding principles which we would do well to adhere to and live out daily.

A more perfect union. What is life if it is not creating and enjoying relationships with other people?

Justice, if there is no justice lawlessness may become the order of the day. Social entropy could occur and a society without justice will be one were the strong prey on the weak. (social entropy, is that a thing or did I make it up? It is a thing I must have read it somewhere.)

Domestic Tranquility. Those are some eloquent words put together. Would you not say that we all seek domestic tranquility? Shouldn’t our homes and neighborhoods be a place for peace and love? We should come home unwind, relax and   enjoy the peace.

Common Defense. The United States gets, thousands of terrorists threats a day. Many groups of people who are part of organizations which reject personal liberty and freedom find the existence of  a country that embodies these principles a threat. I am not sure what I am more amazed at the job the United States does in dealing with and defending its’ people from these threats or the foresight our founding fathers demonstrated when writing up this amazing powerful document. Way to go everyone!

General Welfare.  “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
― Nelson Mandela Lately the justice system in the United States has been under fire, yet despite its’ swelling numbers it still seems to be one of the better systems in our world. Their is the appeal process,  the trial by a jury of ones peers and the welfare of prisoners. Along they way there have been some blights on the prison system, but using the constitution organizations like the ACLU have been able to draft and enforce prisoners rights and standards for the treatment of prisoners.

The preamble goes on to put in the clause speech  about securing the liberty and blessing of the utopia which is the United States. As a citizen you have a right handed down from your forefathers to pursue the blessing of Liberty. The citizens of the United States are the forefathers posterity. If you believe as I do a proper education is paramount to secure liberty, therefore I feel that a free and good education beyond high school should be first on the federal and state government to do list. I apologize for getting political but without an education it is evident that a society will fail.

The history of the world is full of societies with lofty visions like the United States which failed due to lack of education.  Until education is reformed I encourage you as an individual to learn as much as you can and as a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent to teach as much as you can.  The constitution was drafted by individuals working together for a higher purpose, their own and their posteriors pursuit of Liberty.

So what is the best way to celebrate Constitution day? Not sure but for me the best way to celebrate a wonderful freedom is to exercise it by learning, loving, protecting and respecting everyone.

Happy (late) Constitution day

peace

john3c

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