Q: Have you ever asked yourself, what exactly does it mean to be an American? Or, more precisely, what does it Constitutionally mean to be an American. Oddly enough, there is an answer. It is in the Preamble. If we analyze the Preamble we find several directives, principle and wisdom, both hidden and obvious, to guide us toward honoring the words and intent of the Founding Fathers in our everyday lives and deeds.

“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.”

Let’s begin at the beginning, “We the People of the United States,” a statement of sovereignty and independence. A statement of affirmation and defiance, letting the world know that in America, it is the will of the People that ultimately rules and that without our consent, no government can be considered legitimate unless it acknowledges, honors and reflects the People to whom all who purport to serve must yield. This is true from the lowest of civil servants to the highest and, of course, includes, if not more so, the President of the United States of America.

The next line is “in Order to form a more perfect Union,” not a perfect union, the Founders were far too intelligent to seek perfection from those subject to the human condition, but to strive for a more perfect union.  A smarter one, a kinder one, a better one. How do I know this? Look at the words included over the next several sentences. Justice, tranquility, provide, promote, Welfare and Liberty. These are the words of progress through compassion and unity. Unity of thought and mind. One mind and one heart dedicated to the betterment of all.

Today, is Rally for Impeachment Day and we are all here to show our honor and respect for the Constitution. And today, We the People, as is our right, is calling for the Impeachment of our 45th President Donald J. Trump for he has not only violated his oath of office, but has repeatedly and without so much a word of remorse, violated the Constitution and hence the will of the People. And therefore, I posit, there can be no greater harm and injustice to the public weal than to leave this monster in power.

Looking again to the Preamble, do you see words promoting deeds of or even the spirit of selfishness, self-gain and self-interest over all others? Of  “prosperity” clearly at the expense of others? That uncontrolled greed and ambition, regardless of the consequences are what it means to be an American?

Where do you see a mandate for cruelty? Cruelty toward our fellow Americans and those who might be strangers from another land? When did America become afraid of destitute refugees, men, women and children, walking barefoot to our land in hopes of a better future as an American?

Where does it say put children in cages? Where does it say deport the needy and the sick? Where does it say divide the people along social, economic, racial, gender and religious lines? Where does it say it is American to hate those who are not like you? Who do not look like you? Or swear allegiance like you? Or who do not pray to the same G-d as you? It does not.

So yes, today we rally for impeachment as is our right for it is the remedy specifically included within the 2,543 words of the Constitution. 

In closing, be confident in our path forward for it is the path of unity and compassion. We are just and right in our demand for impeachment. He is not a king and he will never be king. For in America, we have no king, only pretenders to a mythical and non-existing throne made of gold, fantasy and yes, tyranny. And rest assured, We, this (pointing at crowd) fight for democracy, a better life for everyone, and a more perfect union, is what it means to be an American.

Thank you and G-d bless America. -PD

 

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