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 Constitution is a written instrument. As such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now.” ~South Carolina v. United States, 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905).
It’s NOT a “liquid document”!! It is a document written in “principle” & to say that it’s meaning could change would be like saying that someday water will cease to seek it’s own level. Principles NEVER change!
1) We the people, not I the president.
“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
“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.”
“The strength of the Constitution, lies in the will of the people to defend it.” ~Thomas Edison
2) In order to form a more perfect union, not destroy unity.
“We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
~Benjamin Franklin – In the Continental Congress just before signing the Declaration of Independence, 1776. UNITY…UNITY…UNITY!!
“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.”
“Patriotism is easy to understand in America – it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” ~Calvin Coolidge
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.” ~Abraham Lincoln
“It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear…” ~Rutherford B. Hayes
“He serves his party best who serves the country best.”
~Rutherford B. Hayes
3) Establish justice, not write laws full of loop holes that set criminals free or encourage corruption.
“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood, if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be like tomorrow.” ~James Madison, Federalist Paper #62
“Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.”
~Justice Learned Hand
4) Insure domestic tranquility, not world peace, peace here at home. The rest of the world will follow.
“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.” ~Clarence Darrow
5) Provide for the common defense, not go on the offensive against every 3rd world country that doesn’t do what we want.
“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She well knows that by enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standards of freedom.” ~John Quincy Adams (1821)
6) Promote the general welfare, not do it for us or take so much from us that our well being becomes impossible.
“The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.” ~Thomas Jefferson
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” ~Thomas Jefferson
“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
7) Secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves & our posterity, not destroy our Freedom, present & future, via unconstitutional wars & laws.
“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but a swindling futurity on a large scale.” ~Thomas Jefferson
“God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.”
~Daniel Webster (1834)
8) It’s time to re-ordain & re-establish “THIS CONSTITUTION”, not some opinion based liquid document!
“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”
~Dwight D. Eisenhower