The Preamble Episodes

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The Preamble Shows

In January of 2015, Dave left AM Radio and moved to Podcast format. Continuing on with Constitution Thursday, a new series was started beginning with a look at the concepts and ideas presented in the Preamble.

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Preamble 1 “America On The Brink” – 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.

Preamble 2 “Titles of Nobility” – “What is the opposite of  “slavery?” 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.”

 

Preamble 3 “The Common Defense” – We the People ordained and established the Constitution in order to provide “for the common defense.” In doing so, the debate was sparked over what was needed for that defense, and whether or not there any actual threats to the United States. How would the power of taxation, given to the proposed new government, be an great asset to provide for such a common defense? And ultimately, who decides what are the national security interests of the nation?

 

Preamble 4 “The Regulators” – Two rebellions, the first in the 1760 and the second in the 1780’s lead to the Constitutional ideas of Establishing Justice and Insuring Domestic Tranquility

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