by Ski Ingram
The Preamble to our Constitution tells us the purpose of our Constitution is “to form a more perfect Union.” It goes on to list five principles to help ensure that America becomes a “perfect Union.” They are (1) establish justice, (2) ensure domestic tranquility, (3) provide for the common defense, (4) promote the general welfare, and (5) secure the blessings of liberty for all.
One reason the American colonies separated themselves from England was because they were being unfairly taxed and burdened with unfair laws. They told King George this in the Declaration of Independence, in particular the second paragraph where we read, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
I believe many of our elected officials have forgotten that they receive their power from us, the people, and that we, the people, receive our power from God. I recently read where only 39% of Americans are proud of their country. Could it be that some of the reasons are the breakdown in the rule of law, our failed economic policies, our supply chain issues, the issues at our southern border, along with the belief that the government is not working for us, the people? It seems as if every good thing about America is being overlooked in order to vilify this country. Yes, some things need to be corrected, but that doesn’t mean the whole country is bad. Remember what it says in the Preamble, “We the People… in order to form a more perfect union.” With this simple statement our founders are telling us that America is a work in progress. It is not perfect and it may never be perfect, but good citizens should be working to make it the best country on earth.
Justice is the first principle listed in the Preamble. The colonists went to war with the most powerful country on earth because, in part, they were receiving little or no justice. When I look at what is going on in America today, I see parallels to 1776. There are cities experiencing high crime where there is little or no justice, especially in liberal-run cities, such as Chicago and others. Crime is out of control with liberal District Attorneys refusing to prosecute the perpetrators. Because of this tolerant attitude the honest law-abiding citizens are not receiving the equal protection under the law which is guaranteed by the 14th amendment.
There was a TV show in the 60’s named Baretta. The catch phrase of the show was “if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.” Today the criminal has no fear of having to do the time because he is now the victim not the criminal. The person we used to identify as the victim of a crime is now the victim of unfair District Attorneys and the Department of Justice.
We are watching anti American groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa committing crimes without the fear of reprisal. At the same time, we are witnessing a Congressional hearing about the incursion of the capitol building on January 6th, but no hearing dealing with the burning of public buildings and murders during the riots in 2020. You know something is amiss when parents who are attending School Board meetings are arrested by the police and labeled as domestic terrorists for trying to understand what is being taught to their children in school.
Today is Independence Day, July 4th. My American flag is flying on a pole in my front yard, as it does every day. Today I am flying it in memory of our founding fathers. Men who risked everything to establish this nation. It is also being flown for every man and woman who has served in the Armed Forces. These men and women risked everything, many giving their life in order to preserve the freedoms we enjoy.
These freedoms are being eroded at a rapid rate. Just as our forefathers fought for their freedoms and over the years others have fought to keep them, we too must also fight or our freedoms will be lost. It appears to me that some people, most notably the progressives, have forgotten that the people are in control of the government not them. There is a reason the Preamble starts with the words, “We the People.”
There is ample evidence that the Biden Presidency does not care about you. Starting with the lockdowns during the pandemic, our supply chain issues and the rising gas prices as well as the growing inflation rate. Each of these things are hurting Americans. I have heard some say that America is weak. But I say President Biden is weak. I believed President Obama when he said he wanted to “fundamentally change America,” and it’s happening before our eyes. Brian Deece, the Director of the National Economic Council of the United States, told CNN just a few days ago, that gas prices are worth it for the “future of the liberal world order.”
In a few short months we will all be going to the polls to vote. It is more important than ever that we vote for people who love America and for what it stands for. I love America and will fight until my dying day to preserve the freedoms that we have enjoyed for 246 years. I believe that the “woke” movement has awakened freedom-loving Americans across the country and they will do what’s right for America come November.