The Preamble – We the People

Jeff P. Gregory

WE THE PEOPLE

The first time I was introduced to “We the People” was when I was watching my Saturday morning cartoons and I heard this tune from Schoolhouse Rock. I was too young to understand the true meaning of the words that were singing to me through the TV. But it was a catchy tune and I knew the words, so I sang along, not knowing what I was singing.

The next time I heard those words were in 5th Grade when we started to study the Constitution. It was a week long study and I just tried to remember what I needed for the test that followed. From 5th grade to 12th, I had heard those words occasionally. I really did not study or research why those words were so important. I was more worried about passing the class, graduating, and leaving school forever. I thought there would not be a need for me to reference these words in my everyday life after school.

Over the next 25 years, I heard these words every now and then while listening to the radio or reading the paper. Again I did not comprehend how important these words are and what they represent. I was more worried about things like rent and food. I thought I was involved in politics; I voted in each election and joined in conversations regarding current events. But as I got older, I realized that wasn’t enough.

It wasn’t until I was in my 40’s, and my wife and I started to get involved in a local political group, that I would cross these words again. This group focused on Constitutional Values and the liberties we were being stripped of at the passing of every bill in Congress. I started to pay more attention to the words that followed “We the People”. It was then that that song I heard for the first time coming from my TV when I was a kid started to replay in my head. But what did they mean to me? I started to read further to try and understand how the Constitution, starting with those 3 words, impacted my life. But I was trying to read and comprehend everything at once while still maintaining both my personal and professional life. I was getting frustrated.

In talking with my wife and friends, the idea to study the Constitution one item at a time and describe what it means to each of us came up. This way we are not trying to dissect the entire document at once and not understanding the importance of each part. Everyone will have a different point of view of each section, which is great. Nobody would be right or wrong; it is our own interpretation of the article and how it impacts our lives. Having different perspectives from different races, sexes, and professions would enlighten the entire group. Then the idea came up to make these available to the public to encourage others to study along with us to become a more educated public in matters of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It has been a long time since I have seen that Saturday morning cartoon where I first heard the words “We the People”. After 40 plus years, it is time to fully understand what those words actually mean to me and my family.

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About FTB1(SS)

Plausibly Live is the Official Podcast of The Dave Bowman Show. From 2007 to 2015, Dave was the host of KFIV’s “Afternoons Live” (Later “The Dave Bowman Show”) and the Central Valley’s go-to man for insightful and entertaining analysis of the day's news and events. In 2015, Dave left radio to raise his son and helped to launch the Podcast 99 network (www.podcast99.org), which features voices and topics from all around the area, the nation, and the world, on a variety of subjects. Re-launching his own show as a podcast, Dave continues his look at the world around him, now without the constraints of terrestrial radio, but still with his eclectic mix of history and common sense. The primary feature element of Plausibly Live is Constitution Thursday, which since 2010 has been a weekly look at the history and impact of the US Constitution. Dave is a US Navy Submariner, a radio talk show host, father, baseball fan, avid reader and a frustrated writer. He has a passion for books, theology, submarines, coffee, tequila, 1970’s music (especially funk!) and is a ToTaL Star Trek geek. Dave being promoted to FTB2(SS) in 1986. Dave being promoted to FTB2(SS) in 1986. He was born in Oklahoma, grew up in Colorado, graduated from Ogden High School (Class of ’81) in Ogden, UT, served for eleven years in the US Navy Submarine fleet, was a Naval Instructor and as a Ballistic Missile Fire Control Technician, he achieved the rank of FTB1(SS) through sorcery and favoritism, but would have been happy staying an FTB2(SS) for life. He was trained as a targeting specialist and Battle Stations Missile Fire Control Supervisor aboard USS Michigan SSBN-727(G) and was trained on two Fire Control Systems, the Mk 98 Mod 0 TRIDENT and the Mk 88 Mod 1 POSEIDON. Later he served as a part of the Fleet Combat Training Center Dam Neck Auxiliary Security Force, which sounds impressive but was really just bait for Seal Team 6 and any Iraqi terrorists who happened to land on the beach in Virginia. He later attended Seminary in Atlanta, GA, then served as a pastor for five years before realizing the massive error of his ways. He then worked in non-Profit management until 2006 when he was hired to do sports for a local talk radio show, eventually moving into the host position in September of 2007. In the fall of 2008, after years of questioning and study, Dave completed the process of conversion to Judaism. In 2009 Dave married Cami, and in 2010 they were blessed with their son, Benjamin, to go along with four daughters, one son-in-law and three grandchildren. In the summer of 2017, Dave and Cami relocated “back home” to Silverdale, WA, where Dave had been stationed when they first met in 1985. From September 2007 to January 2015 Dave was heard each weekday from 3pm to 6pm (Pacific) on Power Talk 1360AM & 1280 in Modesto & Stockton, CA. Today, you can hear his Podcast Show, Plausibly Live, on The Dave Bowman Show website or on The Podcast 99 Network Page.

Posted on January 21, 2013, in Constitution, Jeff, Preamble and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. To this day still some of my favorite “music videos!’

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