Have you read the Constitution lately?

Published 8:19 am Friday, April 2, 2010

To the Editor:

For 223 years the Constitution of the United States has served this country very well. I would like to ask the president and Congress when the last time they read it was.

The Preamble states:

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.

The Constitution has been a roadmap to guide this nation for 223 years! Until the Constitution, nations were ruled by kings or monarchs. The Constitution gave power to the people, not the government.

The Constitution provides for three parts of government — judicial, legislative, and executive. All equal — small government — power to the people. Fifty-five men wrote the Constitution.

Our government today is chipping away at our Constitution. For example: Key Democrat and impeached judge Rep. Alcee Hastings said this in defense of the Democrats’ health care approach: “All this talk about rules. We make them up as we go along.” I wonder if he has ever read the Constitution.

The Constitution is a rule book — a beacon of light to show the way. We need to get honesty and fair play, not deal-making and bribery in Congress, as was showcased in the recent health care bill.

Let’s all be Americans first — not Democrats, not Republicans, just good old Americans! I dare you as citizens of this great country to read the Constitution of the United States.

Let us pray that all of us will do our part in this honorable goal. God Bless America!

W. R. “Nuke” Kirkland