We The People

Did you ever read the Constitution? It really isn’t that cool of a document, it basically just defines the branches of government and puts some rules in place. I was expecting something a whole lot more inspirational, actually, I was really trying to get clear guidance on what the government should be doing, the scope of government, it’s purpose, the constitution really leaves a lot to interpretation. It starts out beautifully, with a bold statement with vast purpose, “We the people of the United States, in Order (RKDeem wonders why they felt the need to capitalize the “O” in Order) to form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.”

That sounds terrific, but the document takes a big nosedive after that, it is extremely vague and just talks about the different branches and really focuses a lot on the citizenship requirements to work in government, enforcing the laws on counterfeiting, how long you can stay in office, and establishes elections as the vehicle to get someone a job in government. I know these are all important things, they need to be written somewhere, but I sort of hoped the Constitution would provide more direction. I guess it all comes down to that first sentence, but if you really take that first sentence literally, it is easy to understand why our country in debt to our eyeballs.

“Obamacare” could easily be supported by “promote the general Welfare”, so could Medicaid, Medicare, welfare, and affirmative action. Starting wars, building border fences, and airport security is all under common “defence”. I think it is worth mentioning that the economy is not mentioned, it does not state that the government should grow the economy or fight off recessions. The amazing thing is, the economy is what people are saying will decide this election. The citizens of the United States have been pretty critical of our government lately, all branches, even the Supreme Court are getting dragged into it. If I hold the government accountable to the first line of the Constitution, I think they are actually doing what they are supposed to be doing, we have a good union, I’m not hearing any states planning to secede anytime soon. We have a justice system which is pretty good, domestic tranquility is good, no one really interrupts me at home, the common defense is terrific (no attacks in the past 10 years), and we have the blessings of liberty.

I think the government’s real shortcoming is two-fold. The first issue is that they should immediately remove themselves from anything that has to do with the economy. The second issue is that things are overwhelmingly complicated, any person can Google the Constitution and read and understand it. God forbid you want to Google the tax rules and figure out how to do taxes if you’re a small business or perhaps you want to read the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and read over 1,000 pages on health exchanges. If Government can implement guidance and structure that is more straightforward and could be understood by the common man, I think they’d gain a lot more of our trust and approval.

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