To Form a More Perfect Union.
As Americans we’re all familiar with the Preamble to the Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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.” (Thanks to Schoolhouse Rock, you may even have it memorized, and you’re humming it right now.)
When our country’s founders hashed out the terms of their plan to act as Independent States, breaking away from the tyranny of the British Crown, they concluded their fervent Declaration of Independence with the following rallying cry: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
For the last 20 years, I’ve been carrying around a pocket-sized booklet containing the Declaration and the Constitution with me at all times, to remind me of the United States’ core values. (I urge you to buy one for yourself for just a few bucks, or click here and get one for free.)
Admittedly, for over 200 years we’ve been trying to live up to our own principles — and as soon as we take two steps forward, it’s often one step back. As the current administration (bolstered as it is by Russia’s virtual invasion) continues to chip away at our democracy, it’s more important than ever that we resolutely hold onto what’s right and decent and good — that we keep working towards “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” for all people.
This is our daily, hourly, minute-by-minute challenge now, as we face the Orwellian landscape of the Internet. Donald Trump’s lies and deflections pile up day after day, littering the cyberscape with never-ending detritus that boggles the mind. His relentless disgraceful behavior draws our attention away from the fact that he is an unindicted co-conspirator in an increasing number of criminal convictions.
Case in point: The 2019 State of the Union address (likely written by Stephen Miller, his “alt-right” policy…