I’m going to do a little flag waving today. After all, since I devoted 6 years of my life to the military, I think I’ve earned the right to be proud of my country and many of the people who live in it. I’m a lover of liberty and the right to make mistakes. I’m also a believer in allowing people the room to correct their mistakes, I’m grateful for my family and what it means to love one another. This is a day for old songs such as Yankee Doodle Dandy or America the Beautiful.
I didn’t start out this way, sure I was born in the USA as Bruce Springsteen sings about, but I had my misgivings. I grew up during a time of social unrest. Vast segments of our population were denied fundamental rights enshrined by our Constitution. We were fighting a war on foreign soil which didn’t seem in keeping with our founding principles.
I studied and memorized the Preamble and the Bill of Rights. I could recite order of succession in case of the President’s or even the Vice President’s death but I didn’t understand or fully appreciate the words so many tirelessly worked and struggled mightily to document and gave sacrifice. In 1787 these words formed the basis of our Constitution.
We the people, (all of us)
In order to form a more perfect union, (come together united in purpose and a desire for protection)
Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, (create laws, establish fair courts, organize ourselves to establish peace)
Provide for the common defense, (let no man tear asunder — don’t tread on me — these were the expressed ideals of a nation wanting to stay free of tyranny)
Promote the general welfare and (allow free trade — open our markets to others — support the rights of individual property ownership and create laws to protect those rights including but not limited to tangible and intellectual property)
Secure the blessings of liberty (freedom has a price — it isn’t always paid in goods — it requires the service of all — it may require the loss of limb or life — it requires dedication to a cause and opposition to all those willing to take it away)
To ourselves and our posterity (this is a commitment not only from us but also our children and our children’s children)
Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (the purpose and the blueprint of our collective declaration of how our government should be managed and how it serves its people is spelled out in this document)
It is fortunate the founding leadership of our country were able to rise above their own petty prejudice and power posturing to realize this country needed a firm and honest foundation. A foundational document that described from the beginning that all men (and women) are created equal even though many of them were unable to live their lives in complete conformance to this new Constitution. They sought inspiration from the best authors including the chief author of all. This nation is different from all other nations even though there are many in leadership position today that wish to merge our nations laws with those of the international community who don’t share these principles in theory or in practice.
It is a living breathing testament to the integrity of these early leaders who were far more interested in limiting their own power and length of elected service. They wrote thousands of pages describing and explaining the words used in the Constitution and the purpose of National Sovereignty, none of which are studied in our schools today. For that matter, most of our legal scholars are unfamiliar with these early writings because they still wander far from the original intention spelled out by the great thinkers of their time. Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe are mysteries to these people just as it is for our general population.
Permit me to quote another selfless leader who faced as great of a challenge as any person has faced; “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln
Let us not forget how fortunate we are. “He shall have dominion from sea to sea and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” – Psalm 72:8
My Choice of Songs for this Day.
God of Our Fathers
God Bless America
To those who have shared the burden of securing the blessings of liberty
Forever – http://youtu.be/xS9PGQjvxRs
Heaven Was Needing A Hero – http://youtu.be/WxJf9ZezTZE
“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. “
God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.