‘We the people’ binds us forever

Published 12:45am Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The phrase “We the people” has become a ubiquitous phrase associated with any number of grassroots causes in America.

Hearing those three simple words makes us feel a little patriotic, perhaps even a bit defiant and invincible.

But make no mistake, we the people of the United States of America are not perfect.

We the people make mistakes; we disagree; we squander resources; and we sometimes act childishly.

But despite our warts — perhaps because of them — a group of pretty smart fellows sat down 225 years ago and hashed out a system of government which provides order, flexibility and made “We the people” a lasting symbol of America’s basic tenets.

When our Founding Fathers wrote the U.S. Constitution, their aim was to provide a living document that would stretch, grow and change through the years while constantly guiding the country to stay on a common path.

They far exceeded their goals.

This week our nation celebrates the 225th anniversary of the signing and official adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

The document’s significance is found in its longevity, but also in its establishment of a rule of law in our country, a federal government with supreme national power and systems of checks and balances through a separation of powers.

Each of those concepts is a grand idea; together they form a rock-solid plan for our republic, a plan whose authority was derived by the authority of its own — we the people of the United States of America.

God bless the Constitution and may it continue to serve our country for another 225 years.

 

  • Anonymous

    WE-THE-PEOPLE WISH THAT EVERYONE IN POWER OVER THE PEOPLE WOULD ABIDE BY THE CONSTITUTION. WE THE PEOPLE, JUST LIKE THE-AMERICAN-PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT. IF THOSE IN POWER WOULD ONLY FOLLOW THE CONSTITION, THIS WOULD BE A MUCH BETTER AMERICA.

  • Anonymous

    Jebus, where do I begin?  First, the U.S. Constitution is not, I repeat NOT, a living document.  It is a legal document outlining the limits on Federal power that are all but ignored today.  There is an amendment process but that in no way signifies any kind of “living document”.  That phrase is used by those who would subvert and defy it.

    Second, and this one actually made me angry to the point that I grimaced, “a federal government with supreme national power”?  Personally, I’d like to slap whoever wrote that nonsense in the face but I have this thing about abusing the mentally ill.  The Constitution clearly enumerates what little powers the federal government is supposed to have and in NO WAY gives the federal government “supreme national power”.  That is straight up totalitarian leftist nonsense.  IF the Feds had “supreme national power” there would be no Constitutional requirement for the states to approve anything, but there is.  Amendment 10 clearly states that powers not specifically delegated in the Constitution to the Fed or specifically denied the states are reserved for the states and the people.  CIVICS FAIL!

    I carry a copy of the Constitution with me at all times.  I read it often.  It sure as heck looks like you need to do the same.