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BRENDA McGAUGHEY: Thoughtful choice of words in Constitution

on March 13, 2013 10:20 AM

The U.S. Constitution was thoughtfully written.

  • To form a more perfect union: The right to vote, term limits and three-phase law enactment process ensures against rule by a monarchy or dictatorship. The Founding Fathers did not want a repeat of the American Revolution. Refer to Article 1, section 8, sub-section 15 of the Constitution for proof that an armed revolt will not be tolerated. They gave us the ballot, not the bullet, to air our grievances.
  • Establish justice: An open and fair court system separates us from Iraq, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, etc.
  • Ensure domestic tranquility: This is a broad tenet that allows for flexibility in addressing the needs of a progressive society. If gun ownership legislation does-n’t fall under this category, what does?
  • Provide for the common defense: This is self-explanatory.
  • Promote the general welfare: A socialistic sounding phase if ever I heard one. Yet, there it is, in the Preamble and in the Constitution text itself. Refer to Article 1, section 8, sub-section 1. Congress has the power to lay and collect taxes to provide for the common defense and the general welfare of the United States. (They meant for the citizens not the ground.) The last sentence of the Declaration of Independence states: “We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

I interpret these statements as a mandate for redistribution of wealth. Forming a more perfect union where all citizens share the fortunes of this country.

Everyone chips into the pot through federal, state, local or sales tax.

Everyone benefits from education, infrastructure, safe transportation, block grants to develop water and sewage systems in small communities, the list goes on and on.

I think the Constitution was thoughtfully written to aid the growth and progression of our more perfect union.

Brenda McGaughey


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