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By Tom Dodamead

9/12/06

It seems there is of a part of our constitution that most of us have ignored or forgotten. That is its true purpose. I mean you hear all kinds of stuff about constitutionality. It’s almost all unconstitutional unless you comprehend the true reason that it was written in the first place. It is all right there in the first paragraph. You know the “We the People” part. I think this is called the preamble but not being a constitutional scholar I’m not really sure. All I know is it’s the first paragraph. It seems to be a pretty wise piece of verbiage. I will repeat it for those of you who don’t remember.

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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.

I believe this is supposed to be what Americans are all about. This is our purpose. If you really think about it, forming a more perfect union is the most perfect thing we could do.

Now the guys that wrote this thing must have been pretty clever because you notice they didn’t say perfect union. They said,
“More perfect” knowing that we are all human. We probably are going stay that way for a while, at least until the outer space aliens find us and start breeding Hulians.

You know, it seems that God or Allah or Darwin or however you believe you got here made us less than perfect for a reason. I personally believe this is it. So we could figure out how to form a More Perfect Union.


Union, what is that? Isn’t that what happens when you get married or is it the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers? Yes it just means people getting together to make things better and better and better. It just seems somehow we forgot that’s why we formed a government and tried to give them the power to do that, make things better that is. Better for whom? The rich established well to do? No! What are the first three words?

WE THE PEOPLE!!!

You know, it took this country almost its whole existence and by that I mean its first two hundred years to admit that really everybody is people. That is just who we are supposed to be making things better for, everybody.

So will we ever have a perfect union? No. Can it be more perfect? I think it can be a whole lot more perfect. It seems too many people have given up on that. I believe we still have a long way to go. And I truly believe we will get there.

We must first establish the vision, purpose and desire to get there. That is the same stuff that made them write the constitution in the first place. You see, in spite of all its wisdom, there is a major flaw in our constitution. We must fix it! Or it will be the downfall of true freedom, and really the hope for peace and stability on earth. The fault is, our forefathers did not establish a truly failsafe barrier or “firewall” in today’s terms, between the influence of money or “special interest” (i.e.; corporations) over our government, especially over the electoral process.

I do not believe it is possible for politicians to overcome their need for greed. Yes it is human nature. Money and power corrupts faster than the speed of light. We must do it for them. They will not do it for us. Strict verbiage needs to be written into our constitution now to correct and prevent “special interest” from further corrupting our government. We have a huge job ahead correcting the damage it has already done.

What in the world is a perfect union anyway? Well, in my book it’s kind of like a perfect world. You know, everybody’s happy. I think they call it Utopia. Obviously we aren’t going to get there. So back to the magic word, “More” perfect. I think that’s supposed to mean, almost everybody’s happy. I think even a better way to put it is nobody has to be miserable unless you did something to deserve it. Here is my definition of a more perfect union. It really boils down to three basic elements of basic human need that we as a society owe each other.


1. Affordable quality health care available to everybody, whether they can afford it or not.

2. Affordable quality education for whoever wants to be educated.

3. Affordable quality public transportation to anywhere you need to go.

The other needs in life should remain under the control of a free market “capitalism” that is closely monitored with some controls “socialism”. You see I am all for good capitalism but we must separate the forces of capitalism from our government or it becomes bad capitalism. You can’t have good capitalism unless you have good socialism. This is far more important than the separation of church and state. A government should be the servant of people’s need and not the servant of corporate greed. Our constitution is supposed to be about serving people's needs. That is the meaning of the next phrase in the preamble.

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Tom, congratulations on an excellent article. The ... by Michael Follon on Sunday, Sep 21, 2008 at 1:25:28 PM
I wrote this a while ago but I believe the message... by Tom Dodamead on Sunday, Sep 21, 2008 at 7:06:58 PM