America the beautiful – the resilient.
How would you describe America in a few words? What does our country mean to you? How do you feel about it today, as we celebrate our independence?
Our forefathers had the following objectives in mind in framing the Constitution:
“We, the people, 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.”
Can you imagine the clarity of the vision that each man must have had? Can you imagine how many voices filled the air during their meetings? Can you imagine the disagreements? Can you imagine the eloquence it must have taken to have swayed your peers’ opinions? And, in the end, to take pen to paper and express those agreed-upon concepts in such a way that they would form the support and foundation strong enough to build a new country on?
But, you see, that’s how America works. That’s how our country was formed – and it has been the backbone of how we govern ourselves and protect our rights – the very rights that our founding fathers agreed would form our foundation. We need to continue to have visions and ideas about the work we have to do in order to make this a better Union. We need to continue to have those discussions and listen with an open mind because they facilitate the “back-and-forth” – a mutual exchange of ideas – in the hope that we all become more inspired and more thoughtful. We can continue to disagree, as surely as our forefathers did, but do it as they did – with respect. And most of all, to maintain our civility – something that seems to be slipping to the wayside these days.
It is also our duty to protect the Constitution and all of its Amendments – it is our legacy.
The 1st Amendment is particularly threatened of late with regard to its treatment by our Fearless Non-Leader in Washington – and those that serve in the House and Congress who have taken to having some trouble seeing and hearing lately. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is also your duty to defend this Amendment. In case you have forgotten, let me refresh it for you so that you will recognize it when our Fearless Non-Leader next goes tripping through it – you won’t have long to wait, I can assure you:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of the people peacefully to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
And should our Fearless Non-Leader slip and fall somewhere in the middle of it – or feel that he is above the law (“I’m President, and you’re not.”) – you, Ladies and Gentlemen, are going to have to dust off the 25th Amendment which directly addresses Presidential Vacancy, Disability, and Inability [emphasis added] and figure out how to undo what you are trying so hard not to see or hear – because it will be your duty to do so.
Meanwhile, the vast majority of America will be watching and you can be sure that Our Voices will continue to speak up – and speak loudly. One more thing – fair warning – should you decide to look the other way and do nothing to defend our Constitution, its Amendments and our country – you’ll need to be lining up other work come election time because America will prove once again that it is – if nothing else – resilient.