By: Brian Kern
A little over two hundred years ago, our founding fathers gathered together tocreate a governmental system that they hoped would bring prosperity, stability, andresponsibility to the people of the United States of America. They were experts ongovernment, studied men who could teach governmental theory at any college today, and be accepted for their insights and their knowledge.Their primary goal was to create a government that kept the power in the hands of the people, a government that was held in check, so that the absolute tyranny in whichthey had suffered under the British would not be repeated. They wanted a governmentthat represented the people, and one that guaranteed the individual rights that they feltwere “endowed by their creator”But a government is more than just representation, and it is more that aconstitutional guarantee of inalienable rights. It has responsibilities to the citizenry thatultimately give it power. Whether the government is a republic or a monarchy, those incharge have certain duties. Our founding fathers recognized this more surely than anyother governmental creators ever had. And to establish that responsibility, they listed therequirements of the government.
We the People of the United States, 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.
“We the people of the United States”
- This is a statement of who holds the power in the United States. Not one man, not one race, not one religion, not one state. Itis the purview of all citizens of the United States to contribute, empower, and promoteour government.
“in Order to form a more perfect Union”
– This is our goal, each and everyday. Our representatives, from congressional to presidential, serve our country, with thisin mind every moment. We must do the same. President John F. Kennedy told us “Donot ask what your Country can do for you. Ask instead what you can do for your Country!”
– The founding fathers recognized the need to establish justice, a way of redressing wrongs, a system of impartiality that could be standardized, preventing miscarriages of justice, and create a binding check on the legislative andexecutive branches of government. They created the federal court system, which thestates in turn duplicated.