July 26, 2020
In this sprawling and diverse country of united states, we have guiding principles for how to be in community. In common-unity. I grew up, like most of us, pledging allegiance to one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The god words were added in 1954.
And then there’s the Constitution. While many are currently ranting and raving about their Constitutional rights, all articles and amendments in this document that address our rights as citizens follow one foundational statement.While this document was written 233 years ago, these words transcend time and context. They are as applicable today as when they were written. They speak to a set of ideals we consider fundamental to who we are as a nation and a people. Justice. Peace. General welfare. Liberty. And in this statement, we the people are called to establish, insure, provide, promote, and secure these ideals. These actions are not delegated or relegated. It doesn’t say that we the people abdicate all of this to our governmental institutions or leaders. This is on us. These are our responsibilities. And clearly our current government is failing on every single one of these ideals.
We the people. Implicit in this guiding principle is our responsibility to oppose those institutions that fail to establish, insure and provide justice and domestic tranquility. It is our duty to stand in opposition to those organizations and institutions that are not promoting the general welfare and securing liberty for all.
Now we stand at the threshold of civil war that will again, in the words of Lincoln, test whether this nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. And whether this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall perish from the earth.
We the people. We are called.
Judith – firstname.lastname@example.org