WE THE PEOPLE

Posted: July 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Constitution of the United States begins with the words, “We the People”.  This resonates with the message that the new nation that was being envisioned, designed and built was owned by the people of the new great nation.  As noble as this is there was quite a bit of hard dedicated work to get the United States off the ground and we are still struggling on occasion to keep it growing and moving forward.

When the states were scheduled to meet to carve out the constitution in 1787 the event was a misfire.  Only two states, Virginia and Pennsylvania, sent delegations so the meeting and the meeting adjourned without a quorum.  Eleven days later twelve states were in attendance so the Constitutional Congress was in place on May 25th

The purpose of the convention was to design the structure of a new country that would not be traditional to anything the modern world had seen.  Additionally, the concept of strong state governments, each sovereign and self-supporting, being brought under the umbrella of a higher government was a concept to be designed and agreed to.  This would be a major undertaking for a fiercely independent populace.

While there were different views and strong egos among the constitution delegates, there was also a genuine desire to make the convention a success and build a new nation.  It was not an easy task and compromise was important.  A committee was formed in early July and eight days later the committee had agreed how the legislature would be selected.  Following two months of discussion about how the nation would be structured and operated, a committee was established on July 24th to draft the Constitution of the United States.  The final version of the constitution was presented to the Constitutional Convention on Sept 18th, less than four months after the group first met.  There had been much collaboration, discussion and compromise.  Benjamin Franklin summed it up by saying, ““There are several parts of this Constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall ever approve them.” Franklin would accept the Constitution, “because I expect no better and because I am not sure that it is not the best”.  This was what was required to launch a new nation and it was not without dissention and three delegates refused to sign.

All the states had to ratify or approve the Constitution.  It would take until 1790 before all the states did so.  This is still an arduous task for amendments to the constitution but a necessity to ensure that states share equally in the power of the country.

 Today we have a great divide in the National government.  The affordable care act known as Obamacare has brought to light this great divide that is strangling the country.  A law that had all the good merits of a country that loves its citizens was poorly designed and not well understood as to how the real world would work when the law was implemented.  Ideals were instituted instead of practical experience and unfortunately the law is on a death spiral that leaves the common American in healthcare jeopardy.

The Republican party has been preparing for the day that it would be in power; or so it should have.  Finally, the time had come to dismantle the current affordable care act and the actual repeal and replace action has been deplorable. 

This is not a single legislative action that is in disarray.  The repeal of Obamacare is only a window into problems facing our nation.  The lack of collaboration and compromise is rampant in our Federal government.  We must look back on what it took to get our nation initially built and regain this focus.  It took four months to carve the Constitution of our great nation.  It has been seven months since the Republicans took office and after six years of complaining about the affordable care act we can’t get the most minor changes made to the legislation.

John McCain, noble statesman and Viet Nam war hero, summed it up last week.  To paraphrase his comments; forget the crap being put out in the press and on social media.  Do what is right for our country and once again let’s work together as a unified body and compromise on our legislation.

Let’s hope these prophetic words are heard.  This is the only way we will survive is as a One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

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