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Sunday, May 21, 2006

The Purpose of Our Government

The Constitution of the United States of America has this to say:

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.


Now, irregardless of your political affiliations, I want you to take a moment to think about the state of our nation and ask yourself a question:

Does our current government fulfill its purpose as described in the preamble of our Constitution?


Can you honestly answer that question with a "yes?" Because, I cannot.

Okay, so perhaps the Constitution itself isn't enough to make my point (the shame of that...but that's not the point). If that's the case, here's someone else:

"...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."


Can you guess who said that? Here's a hint:

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."


If you don't know who this is and where he said it yet, then again with the shame thing.

It's Abraham Lincoln speaking at Gettysburg. If that doesn't ring a bell click the link and read, because I give up.

Now, believe it or not, this isn't a history lesson. This is a lesson about citizenship, stewardship and responsibility. If we do not have the government that our Founding Fathers had envisioned for us, then we have only ourselves to blame. This is a government of the people, not a government of the States or of the legislature or whatever else you might think. In this once-great nation, we actually get to decide who is going to run our government. Historically speaking, that is a powerful truth that we, the American people, have abused horrendously.

Believe it or not, this isn't even a plug for VOID, though it could be. This is about something greater and more important than any one movement. This is about us, the "We the People" the Constitution of the United States of America gave so much power to. This is about us taking a moment to ask ourselves what we expect of our government, what do we want, what do we envision for ourselves and our posterity? Once you have that vision in your mind, ask yourselves this question:

Are you doing what it takes to make it a reality?
Yes, I know. I'm asking y'all to be dreadfully introspective, but humor me, please. It matters. Some of you might not know it yet, but it matters.

10 Comments:

At 5/21/2006 5:43 AM, Blogger Praguetwin said...

The first and biggest hurdle in the U.S. is getting people to vote.

If you talk about abusing democracy, 35% voter turn out seems to me to be offense #1.

Willing to do what it takes? I am writing. I'm paying attention. If everyone took as much an interest as people like us who read and write, I think things would change drastically. Is that realistic?

I'm not sure.

 
At 5/21/2006 6:30 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I don't know if that's realistic, but I agree about offense #1. I'm just hoping that somebody clicking through might stop, read it and think. Just getting people to stop and think is hard enough.

 
At 5/21/2006 7:47 AM, Blogger Lisa Renee said...

Being a fan of the Constitution, I can't say the purpose and creation of our government is being followed.

It's more than just the people not voting though. If you have ever read George Washington's Farwell Address, he points out or rather warns us as to what to avoid. It's obvious not many listened. Especially when it comes to how political parties have taken over the process.

Link

 
At 5/21/2006 12:26 PM, Anonymous Jake Porter said...

Does our current government fulfill its purpose as described in the preamble of our Constitution?

No. Anytime the government does not obtain a warrant, or takes private property without due process they are violating their oath and that is treason.

Are you doing what it takes to make it a reality?

I have been working countless hours on the Phillies campaign and will continue to do so until we restore the Constitutional Republic.

 
At 5/21/2006 1:12 PM, Blogger David Schantz said...

No our government is not following it's purpose. It has become everything our Founding Fathers fought against. Keep on reading writing and voting. Hold your elected officials feet to the fire. Teach the children well, they are the only hope this country has.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

 
At 5/21/2006 9:46 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Yes, Lisa, we certainly have strayed from the original vision--but would that have happened if the voters hadn't cooperated?

Currently I'm reading (very slowly, considering my homework) a book called "Democracy in America" by Alexis de Tocqueville, and he too predicted a lot of what would be fall us if we let it. Unfortunately, we have let it happen. Not us, specifically, I grant...this is a problem that goes back a long way, but allowing people to make careers out of being politicians is one of the things we continue to do that we could nip in the bud rather quickly if the people were motivated enough to do so.

 
At 5/21/2006 9:51 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Jake,

George Phillies? Yes, no, maybe? If so, interesting to mix the words "Constitutional Republic" and Libertarian party...not criticizing...just interesting imagery there. Or, maybe that's just me. ;-)

David,

I may wonder whether or not I can pull everything off, but I have absolutely no intention of quitting.

 
At 5/22/2006 1:00 AM, Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

Yannow, Steph - I just freaking LOVE YOU. Ya rawk, as do your commenters (many of them whom I consider to be blog-budz and buddettes).

Please do not lose the passion for the Constitution and our chances of seeing it survive.

Blogggggggggggg ONNNNNNNNNNN, Sis!

 
At 5/22/2006 8:39 AM, Anonymous And Another Thing said...

Stephanie:

Good Question. I can't remember whether it was Oliver Holmes or Charles Evans Hughes, but the quote was, "The Constitution is what the Supreme Court says it is."

Now it is "just a piece of paper" to wipe the backside of the sitting president. I am not sure what "we" can do to correct the decline of the republican form of government, as it has always been held in trust by those of power.

No matter how I look at it, either a third party or one to replace an existing one seems the only answer to securing a return to truly representative government. But then you know how naive I am. :)

 
At 5/23/2006 6:05 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you, GTL. I hope I've put any quitting concerns to rest now... My own are down, out and totally rejected! :-D

And, Michael, if that's naive, I am totally naive, because at this point I don't see any other solution. The Reps and Dems have both sold themselves out and this nation just can't risk 'em any more.

 

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