Category Archives: Preamble
Episode 2 – Titles of Nobility
It’s not actually “freedom.” The Founders weren’t fighting for freedom, they fought for Liberty. So what is the difference?
The prohibitions contained in the Constitution allowed for the abolition of all forms of slavery, by prohibiting ex post facto laws, enshrined the writ of habeas corpus and prohibited Titles of Nobility. In all, these things did more to secure and protect liberties than anything that was contained in the State Constitutions under the Confederacy.
By 1786, the United States were on the brink of utter destruction as a nation. The government had no way to raise money, no way top defend the borders and no way to protect individual rights. Armed insurrection was a real threat, and armed invaders stood ready to pounce on whatever was left. The Philadelphia Convention was more than just “fixing” the government. It was, quite literally, the last chance for the American dream. In the Preamble, we see how the Convention proposed to save the nation, what it would accomplish and it took a direct aim at those who would support the fatally flawed government already in place.
(Editors note: We apologize for the excessive background noise. Ben was home from school today, and he was just wound up and wasn’t going to calm down for anything. This 45 minute podcast took nearly six hours to record, but we powered through it and got it done as best we could…)
WE THE PEOPLE
It has been said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. There is perhaps no better way to apply this dictum than with words.
I Love You
It’s A Boy
She’ll Be Fine
The phrases are made up of words that are basic on their own but develop a much deeper meaning when brought together. As special as each one, for me there is one phrase that proves the rule more clearly than any other.
WE THE PEOPLE
On the surface it is a simple phrase of three common words and yet to many they convey a meaning so deep and profound for they touch the very soul of our nation. They represent a fundamental shift in the thinking of how a nation comes into being. Read the rest of this entry