“We the people of the United States” is the opening phrase of the Constitution of the United States of America . These words and what they suggest have both historical and contemporary significance. This is especially true in a day when we, as a people, can feel so far removed from the political process and impotent in our influence over it. The same lack of influence may have been what many who lived on this continent felt prior to the revolution. How did they overcome this and succeed in creating a thriving, resiliant democracy?
The words of our first President, George Washington remind us that “the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered, perhaps, as deeply, as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” This nation was established with a pioneering spirit. That same spirit can drive change today, if we as a people are willing to remember our heritage and adopt a pioneering attitude.
One Nation Under God carries a familiar voice to all Americans. It is the voice of Liberty, the voice of Justice and the voice of God. What makes the voice familiar is the fact that it is the voice of the men and women that gave their full measure of devotion to secure to themselves and their posterity the rights and virtues of Freedom. A review of the journal entries, speeches, letters and official documents drafted by the dedicated and visionary men and women of this country will prepare us to carry on their legacy. Together , ‘We the people’ can ensure that the ‘sacred fire of liberty’ is never extinguished!
God Bless America!