Sunday, June 20, 2004

Wither go we?

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" as so wisely the ancient Chinese observed. Changing the Constitution may seem and is most likely a journey of many thousands. This is my first step. I invite you to join me. Not with rancor nor in anger as much of today's political discourse is argued, but with good will and an eye to a future where hopefully we may at least agree on the structures and processes whereby we order our political discourse and conduct. For that is what the creators of the Constitution seem to have sought - order in political process. An order rooted in the will of the people, not one imposed upon them.

As the Constitutional Convention came to a close in September of 1787, Benjamin Franklin is said to have been asked what kind of a government had been created. "A republic, if you can keep it", he responded. Even at the very beginning, this famous constructor of our nation realized that ongoing effort was necessary to keep freedom alive and well. For the will to power is a hungry wolf forever at our Republic's door. And those who most vigorously tempt us with their promises are the most ravenous.

So let us create a path in a direction that is clearly towards greater freedom and away from the servitude that creeps ever nearer.


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