We the People
To the Editor:
I am an American Citizen. I am a modern American Citizen. Man oh man does it rock to be an American in 2011!
I have cars, I have a house, I have cool stuff, I do whatever I want because ya know, I'm free. Tomorrow I will wake up and go to work and when the week is done I will collect my check and I'm gonna blow the whole damn thing on whatever I want, ya know, because I'm free. America, ya baby the red, white and blue! Apple pie, Ford trucks, mess with us and we'll kick yo a%* !!! got no worries in the world.
Now that may sound a bit like a mindless hill billy speaking, but I would venture to say that's the mindset of most Americans. Now I'm not implying that we are a bunch of ignorant mindless idiots, but I am saying that sadly we are quite ignorant. We are profoundly ignorant of our responsibility to understanding not only the Blessings of Liberty, but the responsibility that comes as a requirement of citizenship in this union.
I worked the census in 2010 and had to visit people who refused to participate in the census. As part of my role, I studied the constitution and very quickly understood that we are required to do very little for the blessings we have been afforded by our founders and that participation in the census is required.
I visited a woman in Dixfield who had refused three times to participate. When I asked her why she would not help, she stated "I thought this was a free country?" I replied, "Yes it is, and how amazing is it that we have so few responsibilities for that freedom, so it should be easy to tell me how many are in your home" after I said that her face turned red with a bit of embarrassment and she admited I was right and very quickly participated.
I think I know why we do not see our constitution as a document that we should not only understand well, but revere. We have no context. We have no personal memory of events long forgotten by history. Our founders were not just the men who signed the constitution or declaration, our founders were all the Americans of the Revolution. They revolted against England because that government abused us, they killed us, they refused us liberty.
The Declaration of Independence sets the understanding that we were utterly ignored and mistreated by our home country and that there came a point where we said enough! we rose up, we didn't need to educate Americans back then about the reasons why we were revolting, they knew full well why, and they fought to secure what we enjoy today.
Americans during the Revolution and before were substantialy better educated than we are today. They may not have had the technological understanding that we have today, but what they did have was a multi-generational passing of the guard when it came to defending liberty. People understood better than any other people in history that, if we do not pass on the history to the next generation we are doomed to misery under another tyranny of big government.
Let me be clear. If you do not know why our constitution is so inportant to understand and revere, then get off your A#% and ask someone who knows why. If you only think the constitution is cool because it makes us free, then you have not done your homework. If you are a parent and you don't teach your children what the declaration and the constitution mean, then you are not doing your duty as a citizen and teaching the next generation. If you think it's being taught in school, then you are profoundly wrong. If you think that I am a blow hard and that I have no right to call you out, then find me and I will gladly
give you my time so you may learn.
I had the words "We the People" tattooed on my forearm. I was asked if I thought that might be a bad idea, I responded "It's tattooed on the inside, why not on the outside?"
Tattoo its meaning on your insides, because if you do not then you will be part of the reason why libery is lost.