Letter: Me, the People
When Chris Brumbles proposed his original Second Amendment ordinance, I attended his presentation to the Columbia County commissioners. There was a fair size crowd and numerous individuals made statements in support of their Second Amendment rights. At the end of the supporters' comments I spoke. The gist of it was that I had heard 40 minutes about the group's rights, but not once did I hear the word responsibility. You cannot realistically discuss one without discussing the other. It is called social responsibility and we all have an obligation to make concessions when it is clearly in the best interests of society.
In Chris's Friday, March 13, 2020 Spotlight letter [Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance on fall ballot] Chris stated, "The government's sole purpose for existing is to protect our rights…" Before the Chris's of the world start screaming about their rights, perhaps they should have a clue about the actual intent of our Constitution. Let me go through the preamble line-by-line, with annotations, so people like Chris can understand.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, [The goal.] establish Justice, [Equal and applicable to all.] insure domestic Tranquility, [Bring the people together as a nation; E Pluribus Unum.] provide for the common defence, [Not offense and not at the expense of all else.] promote the general Welfare, [Health, safety, environment, living wage, ….] and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, [Leave our children a future world that we would be proud of.] do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. [We the people do give you, our elective government, the authority to achieve the above stated goals.]"
This is our compact with our representatives. The stated reasons that the Constitution was written. THIS is their job Chris; the Founders' original intent. The success or failure of these goals is inextricably linked to the sense of community, cooperation, and compromise of We the People. Chris, and many other Americans, have perverted the original words to Me the People. This interpretation is unsustainable in a civilized society.
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