Sunday, April 13, 2008

Constitution of the United States : Preamble

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.

The Preamble of the Constitution establishes the reason for the formation of the Federal Government of the United States of America. In Examining the Preamble it can be seen that the authors saw the Citizens as the most important entity in the formation of the Federal Government. The five reasons cited for forming a more perfect union are to further the lives of the Citizen of the Union.

First, establish justice, goes to the heart of equality, a system that will enable a just resolution to disputes is the foundation for this civilized experiment in governing. After Justice is established than the ground rules for the other objectives is spelled out.

Once the new government is able to establish a basic ground rule, that Justice will be a foundation, then the other objectives are spelled out, the first of which is to insure domestic tranquility. The importance of insuring domestic tranquility is that the Citizen will be able to pursue their lives in a peaceful setting, this was a very enlightened concept, which no doubt, came from the Philosophical thinking of the Age of Enlightenment.

In order to enable domestic tranquility to exist it is necessary to protect the territory of the newly formed government, hence a provision to provide for the common defense. The common defense provision is essential to the two succeeding objectives of the People. The Territory occupied by the People must be secure and defended so that they may promote the general welfare. This suggests that the Government will provide for the infrastructure that will be needed by the People in order to pursue their ultimate goal, to secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity.

The establishment of this Federal Government of The United States of America recognized that the Government had specific duties by which to serve the People. Justice must prevail in order for the other ideals to be achieved. In 2008 America there has been a movement to extinguish Justice. Justice was established to further the individual, it is the most vital aspect of the formation of this government. By the first three words to the preamble it is clear that the founders were interested in the People. The Government was not meant to be served by the People, but the Government would be the tool that the People used in order to serve their common good.

It seems as if the current Conservative Movement in America has confused the role of the Government. It is the duty of the Government to provide for the People. The general welfare would include all that enables the People to prosper, justice, health care, roads, schools, economic security and all that is in the common good. In order to achieve a common goal, it becomes incumbent on the Government of the people to have the ability to regulate the prosperity so that all the People may reap the benefits domestic tranquility. It is obvious that the experiment started under Reagan and continuing to today is an utter failure. Corporations are now being paid with the People's money to provide for a profit what the Government should be providing to its Citizens, and it has failed. The Privatization of FEMA is the most glaring example, the Government had the duty to protect the general welfare and provide domestic tranquility and it failed. It failed by pilfering the Treasury and relaying on Corporation that work for profit, that is why a major American City is still decimated.

The current Republican policy of out sourcing Government has had enough failures to show that this is the wrong course. It is in important to the general welfare that the Government provide for the people, not that the people provide for the Government. The Government should not be equalizing the playing field so that Corporations can reap more of the benefits of America's prosperity, rather it should be the People who reap the benefits of Justice, Prosperity and Equality. This Administration has failed to live up to the foundations of our Government and according to Thomas Jefferson, when the Government fails it is the duty of the People to preserve the ideals of this Union.

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