The Problem and The Solution
We The People, of our great republic, are divided in many ways…by religion, race, gender, economic class, politics, age, and seemingly on every issue in the news. However, we don’t really divide ourselves as much as we are being divided by those who are supposed to be our leaders.
We are constantly being pitted one against another as our leaders fight each other for power and money.
The system is broken, and it’s precisely because of this that they are able to effectively divide us. They have to keep us divided in order to keep and grow their power. It really is that simple. If We The People were not divided, there is no way that we would allow the politicians, on both sides of the political spectrum, to continue to manipulate us.
They know it, and it’s time that we learn it, and do something about it.
If we do not get our act together, this country will not survive as the land of the free. We will no longer be the place that offers the best opportunity for the pursuit of happiness. Our progeny will be denied the precious and rare gift of liberty that was handed over to us by our predecessors. And they will suffer for it. And the World will suffer for it.
But it doesn’t have to be. We can fix things. There is a way. We must find our way back to the basic principles, truths, and wisdom that founded this Republic. Before we can do that, we have to learn and understand what those principles are.
I submit to you that ALL of our modern day problems can be resolved amicably by applying those same principles, truths and wisdom, and that we have been given the mechanism to do so…the Constitution for the United States of America.
It is my intent to demonstrate, explain, and persuade you to believe this as well, through a series of essays. Some of you will recognize that this method of persuasion concerning the Constitution has been done before through The Federalist Papers.
Unfortunately, far too many of you will not recognize that.
The Federalist Papers, written in 1787 by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay (all under the single alias, Publius), were a series of 85 essays, written to support the ratification of the original Constitution for the United States of America.
After intense study on the founding principles, the constitution, and the government it creates, I’ve concluded that there is currently no quick and easy way to learn about these topics and how they apply to our modern society.
Although I certainly do not claim to be as equal to the task as the legendary Founders behind The Federalist Papers, I will attempt to write these essays in order to help bring the average, modern citizen up to speed on the basic ideas, principles and structure of the Constitution and the government it creates.
I will be writing these essays as I understand things. There will be those who will disagree with me on one thing or another (or maybe even all), just as there were those who disagreed with Hamilton, Madison, and Jay.
The Anti-Federalist Papers contain a series of essays that debate the Federalist Papers. Interestingly, there is much written in these opposing papers that I find I agree with as well, even more so as our current federal government grows more and more out of control and way beyond the size and scope of the original intent and what We The People consented to.
As you read and contemplate these essays, please set aside your “political hat”. Make an attempt to read them, not as a Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, but rather, as an American attempting to understand what type of system is best suited to allowing for the maximum liberty to the most diverse set of people in one society ever in the history of the world.
Try to understand what our Founders knew to be true…that one-size-fits-all solutions to every issue are not a sustainable way to govern such a people with so many differing cultures, values, beliefs, and ideas.
In the coming days, the series of essays will unfold and provide a way for us to learn, discuss, and hone our abilities to articulate these concepts to others. Many of us frequently wonder what we can do to help make things better and get us back on the right track. I believe that the most important thing we can do is learn about these topics and be able to pass on these concepts to our friends and family. Our schools are not going to do it, and our politicians are not going to do it. It’s up to us…We The People to do it.
I hope you will join me and participate in the discussions as this essay series develops.
About this series:
The People Are Sovereign! is a series of 30 essays explaining the basic principles of our founding, the Constitution, and the purpose and structure of our government.
To view the next essay in the series, click this link: The Main Principles (and Who Am I?).