“We the people of the United States, 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.”
We all recognize this as the preamble to the Constitution. With pivotal elections occurring this year, it is instructive to compare the ideals of the preamble with the performance of Congress and the President.
Common sense is defined as sound practical judgment derived from experience rather than from study. Thomas Paine in his historic book “Common Sense” wrote on the origin & design of government: “It is the duty of the Patriot to protect his country from his government.”
With that in mind, let’s use a little common sense to evaluate Congress and the President. So let’s see how they are doing:
1. “to form a more perfect Union”: We are not forming a more perfect Union when Congress can’t get anything done except spend money we don’t have and plunge this country deeper in debt. We are not forming a more perfect union when our president promotes class warfare and villainizes the successful. We are not forming a more perfect Union when the Supreme Court uses twisted logic to tell us Obamacare is constitutional but criminal penalties for impersonating a war hero are not. The seeds of discord have been sewn across the country. We as a nation are not on a path to “a more perfect union”. It is time for common sense.
2. “establish Justice”: We are not establishing justice when 50% of Americans don’t pay income tax to help support our government. We are not establishing justice when judges make it all but impossible to execute the very worst of us, but allow the continuing death sentences of the unborn. We are not establishing justice when the President ignores the law and the will of Congress and issues Executive Orders that circumvent the law. We are not establishing justice when the House of Representatives allows those Executive Orders to stand unchallenged. It is time for common sense.
3. “insure domestic Tranquility”: We are not insuring domestic tranquility when our president tells anyone that the business he built was not because of him. We are not insuring domestic tranquility when our country is ruled by the coasts and the heart of our country is ignored. Our country is quickly being split apart along many fault lines. Our motto “E Pluribus Unum”, “Out of many, one” is quickly becoming as irrelevant as the language it was written in. These are turbulent times and it will take strong leaders to steer our ship of state back to our Constitution with indvidual liberty and freedom. It is time for common sense.
4. “provide for the common defence”: We are not providing for the common defence when we “nation build” a corrupt country and fight an eleven year war the President has no intention of winning. We are sacrificing the lives & welfare of America’s best, our soldiers. We are not providing for the common defence when Congress requires our military to buy weapons systems they don’t need or want. We are squandering our treasure. We are not providing for the common defence when smoke and mirror budget deals are approved that will gut our military because Congress and the President play a game of chicken. We are squandering our security. If we squander our soldiers, our treasure, and our security what do we have left? It is time for common sense.
5. “promote the general welfare”: We are not promoting the general welfare when House Republicans continue adding to our 15.8 trillion dollar debt and our 1.3 trillion dollar deficit. We are not promoting the general welfare when we have a corrupt tax code that rewards the powerful and the members of Congress who write it. We are not promoting the general welfare when we continue to elect the same people over and over again who got us in this mess and expect them to get us out of it. It is time to elect real leaders. It is time for common sense.
6. “secure the blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”: We are not securing our liberty when we have open borders and the President and Justice Department refuse to enforce the law. We are not securing our posterity when we have massive deficits and policies that promote non-productive lives. We are not securing our posterity when prayer is banned in school, God is removed from our daily lives, and the federal government is allowed to force us to violate our religious principles. It is time for common sense.
My common sense tells me several things. First we desperately need a new president. We must not allow Mr. Obama to continue taking America down the road of European socialism that will result in the collapse of America as we know it.
My common sense also tells me that Congress is broken and the folks who broke it aren’t the ones who can or will fix it. Much can be accomplished with determined leadership; and common sense will reign if we live by something Ronald Reagan once said, “ It is amazing what can be accomplished if no cares who gets the credit.”
Isn’t it time we elected a Congress that is “results oriented” rather than “re-election oriented”? The folks in Washington have insulted our intelligence for far too long, now they are insulting our common sense. We have the ability to fix our country starting with the presidency and Congress, but do we have the common sense to do it?
[Kent Kingsley is a Republican candidate for Congress in the Third Congressional District which includes Fayette and Coweta counties. He is a retired U.S. Army Infantry lieutenant colonel, owns a small real estate company in Lamar County and lives in Milner, between Griffin and Barnesville. He is an advocate for the Fair Tax, balanced budgets and federal term limits. His website is kingsleyforcongress.com.]