Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Insure Domestic Tranquility

I now returned to our study of the United States Constitution in which we are currently studying the principles found in the Preamble. The Constitution is designed to insure peace, security, and domestic tranquility among Americans. This principle indicates that the people have the Right to live in a land of law and order and thus have a feeling of peace and security. The responsibility for protecting life, liberty and property as well as maintaining order was bestowed on the states. If mobs were destroying property and killing citizens or if an invading enemy sought to overthrow state government, the states could call on federal forces for help. If - and only if - the state government were too weak to protect its citizens, then the federal forces could step in to help the citizens. As a means to protect the states, the Founders wrote it into the Constitution that all states were to be represented equally by each having two senators. They also wrote a clause enabling two-thirds of the state legislators at any time to propose and make legal alternations in the general system in case the federal government became overbearing. A simple way of teaching this principle to our families would be to remind the children that father has some responsibilities and mother has other responsibilities to take care of the family. They help each other, but they don't overstep the boundaries. For example, mom cannot go to the office to do dad's work - or vice versa. In the country, just like in our homes, we have to work together and get along in order to have peace and feel secure.

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