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 (sp), 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.
As I blogged yesterday in – Circle of Trust – blessing of faith, liberty is endowed to us by God. So, what are some of those blessings of
Well . .
First and foremost – you have the right to Worship God – ever wonder why this is first? – You have the right to speak and write freely- in private or public- particularly about political matters – though you are not guaranteed an audience. You also have the right to assemble peacefully and even the right to petition the Government for grievances.
[There are many places in the world today where these ‘taken for granted’ blessings are NOT ALLOWED. Even today there are countries that prohibit even simple things like permission to marry, permission to travel, permission to freely associate, permission to work, permission to own property, in some places you are simply aborted because you are the wrong sex, or killed because you are the wrong religion.]
Secondly, you have the right to keep and bear arms, AND a right to security from foreign danger – as secured by a well ‘regulated militia’.
And as Madison write in The Federalist 41; “Every man who loves peace, every man who loves his country, every man who loves liberty, ought to have it ever before his eyes, that he may cherish in his heart a due attachment to the Union of America, and be able to set a due value on the means of preserving it.“