Getting Past the Preamble

By Bob Farkas

Soon, a number of people are going to place their hands on the Holy Bible, and swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. Just as they’ve done for over 200 years. I’ve been meditating on the Constitution, and I thought I’d review the simplest part, the preamble, and kinda see where we are so far.


Image by Can Stock Photo Inc., larryhw.

Image by Can Stock Photo Inc., larryhw.


“We the People . . .” 

Seems like this has become “we the loudest,” or “we the most connected,” or “we the wealthiest.” Not so much the “people” anymore.

“. . . in order to form a more perfect union . . .”

Seems like we’re more divided, more implacable, and more angry with each other than we’ve ever been.

“. . . establish justice . . .”

We use the IRS and the DOJ to target political enemies. We excuse brazenly criminal behavior based on someone’s status or relative wealth. We refuse to prosecute those who warrant it, and we pardon those who are beyond pardon. Law-breakers pour across our borders and are rewarded for their crimes. They are given sanctuary, and benefits, and whatever else they need or desire. Justice is for those who can afford it, or who can repay it politically, not for those who deserve it.

“. . . ensure domestic tranquility . . .”

Police officers are shot dead in the streets. Young black men and young white men and young people everywhere are gunned down. Scores of shootings every weekend in Chicago, New York, and L.A., and rioters shut down streets, block bridges, loot stores, and burn buildings. They hurt, they maim, and they kill. Not a peep from the halls of power.

“. . . provide for the common defense . . .”

We shrink our military. We ignore or outright punish our veterans. We disarm and hamstring our military to the point that they cannot do their jobs. We pursue war where we have no national interest, and we shirk our duty where our national interests are threatened.

“. . . promote the general welfare . . .”

We enact oppressive laws and unsustainable social programs, designed to cater to a relatively small percentage of citizens, leaving the rest to unfairly shoulder the burden. We triple the cost of healthcare for 300 million citizens to provide scant benefits to 20 million. We divide ourselves into sects by race, by skin color, by geographic location, and by religion, and we pit one against the other by catering to the few and punishing the many in the name of “inclusiveness.” We ask nothing from those we cater to, and we place increasingly onerous burdens on those we deem “privileged” or “deserving,” depending on which way the political winds blow. We’re constantly told that our infrastructure is crumbling, yet no-one in power lifts a finger to improve it.

“. . . and, secure the blessings of liberty, to ourselves and our posterity . . .”

We are a debtor nation, slowly being crushed by billion-dollar spending deficits, tens of trillions of dollars of debt, and hundreds of trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities. My as yet unborn great-great-great-grandchildren will bear the burden of repaying debts they never agreed to incur, for benefits they will never realize.

We’re falling short in those we send to represent us—those who raise their hands and solemnly swear to uphold our sacred constitution. They can’t even seem to get past the preamble with any measure of success. And here we are, sending them back.

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Piper’s friend Bob Farkas is an insurance salesman, a social media wit, a drummer, a Christian, a family man, and an American.



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