Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

Smarter Than a Fifth Grader
Dave Speck

Alright, I’m not going to quiz you on your fifth grade recall, but why not take a quick look at one of our elementary school topics, The US Constitution.

There is even more to learn about the origins of our country and the grand visions our forefathers had by doing a little poking around, and I bet you’ll be surprised. But, let’s look at the constitution first, and try to get a feel for what we, as Americans, are part of.

To start with, the preamble puts the entire concept in perspective:

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.

Just think about that for a second. This is about “We the People”. Not about a government, but about how we the people are defining how we want our government to run. And, what is the purpose of our coming together as a government? It is to provide a court system, provide domestic peace and quiet, provide an army, and provide systems for us to help one another in times of need, called WELFARE.

Another most interesting point to note is that there is only one of the listed purposes that is not capitalized. Look back right now and see which one. Now, why do you think that is?

In fact, the word “welfare” is only used twice in the constitution. The second referece is in Section 8:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes,
Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

It can’t be more obvious that our forefathers were intent on helping one another and believed that as Americans, we would all want to do that.

This concept is pretty foreign for a Conservative, as they are always saying it’s just awful to think of collecting taxes to help one another.

In conclusion of today’s investigation, it’s immensly important to reflect on the concept that our government is not elected officials or politicians, but our government is “We the People”. Get out there and tell your representatives that you expect them to live up to the expectations of our forefathers. Get involved and stay involved and expect everyone else to get involved as well. Oh, and, yes, read the constitution and Declaration of Independence and The Federalists Papers (the marketing drive for the ratification of constitution) some time.