Today is November 21, 2014. The date that the Mayflower Compact was signed in 1620. For those in Congress that have forgotten, the Mayflower was a ship that transported men, women and children to America who were escaping religious persecution. In fact, they were Puritans and Separatists that are referred to as the Pilgrims, but make no mistake, they were seeking a better life and they were Separatists.
Americans are also seeking a better life. All of us. The Mayflower Compact was one crumpled piece of paper that set out a rule of government for the Pilgrims when they landed in Cape Cod. The perhaps three paragraphs summed it up with:
“…do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.”
The U.S. Constitution is pretty clear about our Nation’s purpose if you just read the Preamble:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
And yet, I am no longer living in a “more perfect Union.” There is no Union in Congress as shown today when the GOP sued the Obama Administration over the Healthcare Law, because their corporate sponsors don’t like that the law says they (the corporation) is obligated to provide healthcare if they employee over a specific amount of people.
In Political hyperbole, Let me be clear:
- We do not have a “more perfect Union.” We get it, you all hate each other. Winning the midterms didn’t give Republicans a referendum nor has Harry Reid’s behavior as Senate Majority leader been any more appropriate than a bully on the playground.
- What is “domestic Tranquility” because I’m not feeling very tranquil. In terms of immigration, this has been going on for more than half a century. We have to deport if they are in custody. As U.S. President, Obama has to ENFORCE the laws. But yes, Congress needs to make something happen even if it means losing reelection. It is a big cluster, legalizing millions means what? Will it affect Americans that are unemployed, our already broken Social Security system. BE LEADERS AND FIGURE IT OUT.
Does this chart look like “Domestic Tranquility?” The rate of suicide is growing in all age groups!
- Who’s providing for the “general Welfare” when we have kids killing kids? I love that the GOP is suing the Obama Administration over something that affects BIG BUSINESS. Where’s that lawyer when guns and drugs are reaching out babies every second.
- “Secure the Blessings of Liberty” is a curious statement. What are the “Blessings?” Americans should be given the blessings not corporations. Why do I feel like my Liberty is determined by the highest bidder thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court. Corporations Are Not People no matter what the High Court ruled
- “Posterity” refers to our future generations. A great majority of today’s kids are atheist, anti-government, and are daily seeking out ways to physically punish themselves by withholding nutrition, cutting, and killing themselves. The CDC convened a panel to discuss Electronic Aggression, a form of Teen Violence. But by all means, let’s sue the Obama Administration, GOP, because your biggest donors don’t like paying for their employees’ health care. And Democrats, let’s just keep pointing the finger at the GOP.
In conclusion, it’s probably important to remember the oath taken when each member of Congress takes office. It’s the same for each member. The Republicans don’t have one oath, the Democrats don’t have another and the Independents certainly don’t have a separate one.
I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.