We the people … in order to celebrate the Fourth of July

Note from Minnesota Transplant: Here’s an oldie, but a goodie, reprinted from Minnesota Transplant on Jan. 5, 2011. It’s perfect for celebrating our country’s 236th birthday today. Enjoy!

We, the people,

in order to form a more per-fect u-nion,

establish justice, insure domestic tranquility-ee-ee-ee,

pro-vide for the common defense,

promote the gen-er-al welfare, eh-hend

secure the blessings of liberty

to ourselves and our posterity,

do ordain and es-tah-ah-blish this Constitution

fo-o-or the United States

ah-ah-ah-of America.

Do you know the preamble to the U.S. Constitution? You might if you watched Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970s. Thanks to School House Rock, which put the preamble to music, all I have to hear is “We, the people” and I’m off and running. Here, you can sing along, too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLP_HGKq-jg

When John Boehner, the new speaker of the U.S. House (and third in line to the presidency, by the way), officially takes the gavel today, one of his first directives will be to have the Constitution read on the floor of the House on Thursday. He’s tipping his hat to the conservative Tea Partiers, who consider the Constitution to be the sacred scripture by which all law must be measured.

I believe in the Constitution, too, but I would politely point out that the Founding Fathers thought good government would “insure domestic tranquility” (are you listening, Fox News?) and “promote the general welfare,” which doesn’t grow on trees but has to be funded by, yes, taxes.

What I’d really like to see, besides progress by both major parties in Washington during the next two years, is John Boehner singing the preamble to the Constitution tomorrow. In fact, if he agrees, I’ll sing with him!

All together now!
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