I ran a lot of errands the other day, which is a rare occurrence in the last twelve months. It is hard to believe it has been a year since we heard of the first Covid case in the United States. 400,000 deaths since then. The world certainly turned on a dime, so to speak. I don’t think it will ever be the same, either.
Today is inauguration day. Our country moves forward in four or eight year leaps. In the scheme of our 245 years, those are tiny increments. I thought it might be a good time to refresh my memory of our constitution, and so I sat and read it once again. I decided to share it with you, starting with the Preamble.
The Constitution of the United States
We The People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquillity, 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.
Wow, it’s all right there: justice, common defense, domestic tranquility, general welfare, liberty.
This profound document did not happen overnight. We think of our country as starting in 1776, but oh my gosh, the British were not effectively defeated until 1781 and formally in 1783. It took another four years before the document was completed and the first state, Delaware, ratified it. Three more years passed before all of the original 13 states ratified it. The 24th Amendment was adopted in 1964, one hundred and seventy seven years later. It truly is a living document, and that ability to change and adapt itself was built right into it by those thoughtful men who understood time would change things, amendments would be necessary. They also understood the foibles of humankind and the need to protect its citizens in the future. Our Constitution is a precious document.
Our presidents are all sworn in using the oath written right into the Constitution:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
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