Dr. Womack on the U.S. Constitution

Ava Moore

As I listened to a reading of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution over the intercom system at school this morning in recognition of Constitution Day I was struck, as I always am, by its call to action.   “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.”  (Original spelling and capitalization).

I was also struck by the contrast between the Preamble and much of the current discourse on social and news media, which are full of loud claims to the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights but are strangely silent on the duties contained in the Constitution which it amends.  These represent a unity of opposites, much like the sides of a coin, and neither is of higher value than the other. Perhaps this is a good time to ask ourselves what we are doing as citizens 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.”