Cyndi's Two Cents

The law of the land

Commentary.

While looking for inspiration for writing today’s column, I read through some pieces I had written many years ago.  Over the decade and a half I’ve written this column, the Constitution of the United States of America has been at the heart of my commentary many times.

This document is the supreme law of the United States. Empowered with the sovereign authority of the people by the framers and the consent of the legislatures of the states, it is the source of all government powers, and provides important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of United States citizens.

The reason our country became a country in the first place was because people living here were concerned about their rights as citizens.  They wanted freedom.  They wanted independence from tyranny.  The right to practice religion however they wished brought the first settlers from England to America.  Escape from communism and socialism and harassment because of race or religion brought many of our ancestors here to the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The foresight of those who were instrumental in crafting our constitution is unfathomable to me.  They risked everything to build a strong foundation for a nation that could withstand the proverbial tests of time.

And my-oh-my have there been tests.

There is colossal polarization of Americans on many issues fundamental to the structure of the U.S. Constitution. This document is our charter of freedom, the foundation upon which our country was built, and the law of our land.   I am grateful to live in a country where we are all free to express different opinions on these issues yet there are times when I am fearful that the very rights I celebrate could be denied by those we have entrusted to lead us.

Oftentimes, our leaders get caught up in the minor detail – the negligible minutiae – and so no real progress is ever made.  We’ve all heard the phrase, “Government moves at glacial speed.” While dropping dollars to save dimes, lawmakers forget the promise they made to uphold the constitution, and we forget why we elected these people in the first place. And even more sadly, it seems that about 2 seconds after a candidate has been elected, he or she begins campaigning for the next election!

What do we really want, need and expect from our leaders?  I hope that you would say you want leaders who will uphold the foundation of laws and liberty upon which this country was built.  This thought process should apply at every level of government, from the senators we send to Washington, D.C. to the county prosecutor; from the governor to the school board member.

Our forefathers turned the responsibility of this country and its people over to its people – you and me.  What an awesome gift they have given us.   What a great opportunity for us to provide a solid future for the next generation.

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