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Let's preserve the Constitution

Posted: October 27, 2008 4:06 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Our democracy is not perfect. No democracy ever is.

The flaw is in the potential for manipulation from one group to overpower another. Monarchies have faced these problems ever since they first reared their ugly heads. The way to control this is through a constitution which is a composed of laws and guidelines that must be agreed to.

We have a Constitution which I believe was inspired by more than mortal thought. When you read words of our original leaders, I believe you will not hear wisdom not uttered today in our leaders.

Words that were needed to convince a people that their individual interests should be set aside for the good of a nation.

A simple request it seems? Moving mountains must have seemed easier at the time. There was distrust among the states, there was no standard currency, there was the North and South, and many differing opinions as to what form of government we should be under.

But men like Thomas Paine, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson had a vision unlike anything that had been tried before.

France has a constitution. In fact, it has had more than 15 formal constitutions since 1789, the same period we have had our one constitution. But we are altering ours by small, petty steps. And those steps have now returned some serious dividends. There is a definite division in this country.

Those who believe an individual's rights should be more important than the good of the country. And a few who still believe America is worth holding onto in her form. The form she was created for, to protect liberty for all. Not entitlements for those who can grab them politically. Do we continue changing what those brilliant words sought to create? Or can we ever agree again?

Yes, we have made mistakes. We have allowed the greedy to keep the storehouses. We have allowed the lawless to sit as lawmakers. We have allowed the unwise to judge. We have done all this because we have larceny in our hearts, we are selfish, and we have squandered what was given us by the blood and faith of our predecessors.

Don't give it away and give it up to those who have treachery as their motives.

We have all seen what sharing the wealth and government control leads to.


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