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.
There is such beauty in those words and a simple truth that is often overlooked. In one paragraph we can see the entire purpose for which our ancestors rose up and made themselves free men and the thinking that influenced the inception of the greatest nation the world has ever seen.
The founding of the United States of America was not the end of a story nor was it the beginning of one. It is but a moment in the history of man where we glimpsed just a piece of a greater picture; perhaps a bigger piece than any previous generations had the privilege to see.
Our Declaration of Independence and Constitution are not the sole benchmarks for the definition of liberty; they are guideposts that point the way to greater freedom. The ideas that men like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison espoused were not limited to the residents of one land but were a creed for all mankind.
Liberty is so much more than a list of rights on a piece of parchment. It is a state of being; a way of life. It is waking up every day to a world that has no master and no guidance but the individual passion and desire of every person free to make their own destiny.
A nation can be conquered. A piece of paper can be burned. Government can become corrupt. Liberty can not be destroyed . It is the natural state to which all men and women will strive.
Our rights are not granted to us by anyone and are not guaranteed by a court or by law. Government officials are not the arbiters of freedom and judges are not the representatives of justice. The free will of every person who takes it upon themselves to exist within a state of liberty and through his thoughts and actions pursues a course that leads to a more libertarian society is the true embodiment of freedom and justice.
This is the simple truth that is overlooked in our Constitution: it is we the people who are the government. It is not an entity unto itself; it is a reflection of what we are and is only capable of what we allow it to become. There is no freedom of speech, no right to bear arms, no freedom at all unless we the people seize upon the concept of what liberty means. All of us must comprehend the true nature of our rights, not as they exist in the Constitution, but as they exist within each and every one of us.