To the editor:
There is an opening statement, so to speak, in the U.S. Constitution before the numbered articles are noted, part of which reads: "... to insure domestic tranquility ... promote the general welfare. ..." This statement is obviously intended to apply to the workings of the national government and is as important or even more important than the numbered articles, otherwise the words would not likely have been used by the framers of the U.S. Constitution at all.
It would not be far off the mark to conclude that a majority of American citizens would not describe our society today as tranquil in nature.
Keeping America free from terrorist attacks since 9/11, although very positive in nature, is not in and by itself enough any longer to fall under the heading of "to insure domestic tranquility."
And the actions of the national and some state governments, in regards to our present economic recession, does not qualify as "promoting the general welfare."
For the founding fathers to have put in place a Constitution that they expected to still be fully functional 225 years later is equal to those of use today putting in place a new and improved governmental structure and then insisting it will still be functional 300 years from now. It isn't possible for any society or group of individuals to see that far into the future.
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What Constitution does do, and does it very well, is to show the "The Declaration of Independence" is the best written document the founding fathers ever wrote and signed off on. It is easy for most Americans to find inspiration and even some wisdom in "The Declaration." Let us view that document as our guide in discovering the path of wisdom while also moving forward in an effort to experience personal inspiration and societal revival nationwide.
Nothing less will do.