We, the People, have promises to keep.

This is going to be a series of posts, addressing the almost polar and certainly polarizing views of the far right and the far left in the USA.

I am the worlds worst libertarian. And I suck as a socialist. I am both of these things because I believe in the US Constitution. Not a part here or there, and not in arguing over the meaning of a certain, ambiguous line in an amendment. I believe in the spirit of the thing, even where the wording leaves something to be desired.

I think that the framers knew that “in Order to form a more perfect Union” we really did need to “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”

And I don’t think any of those are optional. In the next few days, I’ll be taking a closer look at what I believe each of these ideals means to our nation today, and through us, the world.

We can do better in the realm of Justice; we ought to be rehabilitating rather than focusing on punishment. Domestic Tranquility is confused between concepts of security and cultural uniformity. “The Common Defense” has been perverted to a war of and on ideas rather than an effort to insure peace. “General Welfare” will likely constitute an entire post, and is, as I see it, the general focus of my whole blog. We need to do better in each of these realms to claim, much less secure, Liberty for our citizens. As is, we don’t not have “rights”, as those would be things we believe and affirm for every person in our jurisdiction and promote for all people everywhere. What we have are privileges that can only be revoked under a weakening standard of Due Process.

We owe it to our founders, our veterans, our patriots and civil rights leaders and all those who’ve worked to better our standards of living and care for each other to do better. We’ve had the bar set pretty high, and we still strive to reach it after 222 years. We can’t stop now.

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