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Letter: What does the Preamble really mean?

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Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012 5:22 pm

When did you last read the Constitution of the United States of America? Probably “never” for most of you.

When did you last read the Preamble to the Constitution? Probably not since you were 13 years of age.

Just for drill, let’s analyze the Preamble.

The Preamble reads: “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 for ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

There are six stated objectives in the Preamble:

1. “Form a more perfect union.” Note the use of the word “more” rather than “a” or “the.” Our Founding Fathers knew history and understood human nature. Therefore, they chose the path of seeking perfection knowing it couldn’t be achieved because of human nature.

2. They chose to “establish Justice,” as in the Rule of Law, rather than “social justice,” as in the rule of man.

3. Insuring “domestic Tranquility” meant to maintain peace between the states and the peoples of the United States.

4. Providing for “the common defense” meant to defend the United States of America against invasion from without or within.

5. “Promote the general Welfare” (not the same as social welfare) meant the freedom to engage in capitalistic free enterprise and all it provides. It can be argued that it didn’t mean the pursuit of the socialist state and the transfer of wealth from the “haves” to the “have-nots.”

6. The best is last, “secure the Blessings of Liberty.” In the parlance of the day, liberty meant freedom from an oppressive tyrannical government and having political independence. It means the same today. The concept of the Blessings of Liberty lives in the hearts and minds of our citizens in spite of the government-controlled public education system.

So, the Preamble states the objectives and goals for this experiment in a free government while the seven articles of the Constitution set forth the manner in which the goals will be obtained.

However, there is some broad wording in the Constitution, which is subject to interpretation and which has been used against us to subvert the Liberty to which the Preamble speaks.

If you value your liberty, you won’t listen to the siren song of the Progressives and their fallacious socialistic demand for a “level playing field.” It’s the playing field of mediocrity and oppression — not one of exemplary achievement.

The playing field of socialism has never worked and never will. It’s antithetical to human nature. The human spirit requires Liberty to succeed.

Remember the words of our second president, John Adams: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Don Kennedy

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