Commentary, Law

Jim Gray: You and I Are Now ‘We the People’

“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union.” –The U.S. Constitution

The Preamble to our Constitution, the greatest document in the history of the world that was ever inspired by man, decreed back in 1787 that “We the People” are in charge of our government, and thus our own destiny.  And to a person, each of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention believed that the most important function of government was protecting our individual liberties from the encroachment of government.

Now that power and responsibility has been passed down from the Founders to us.  So now it is you and I who are “We the People.”  Would the Founders be proud of us?  Do we agree with them about the fundamental importance of individual liberty?  Or, even worse, do we actually care?

Once again we have celebrated the Fourth of July, and Happy Birthday America!  But let each one of us celebrate this birthday by resolving not to take our great country – and all of the freedom and hope that it represents for granted.  Let’s resolve to do our part on a regular basis to stand up for Liberty whenever we think, talk, act and vote.  We deserve the government that we get and recently we have not been doing a particularly good job.  The Founders are relying on us!

(Photo by Liz West used with permission.)

Judge James P. Gray (Ret.) was a judge on the Superior Court of Orange County, California for 25 years, and was the running mate of Gary Johnson in the 2012 presidential contest, as well as the Libertarian Party’s 2004 candidate for the United States Senate in California. The author of multiple books and a play, he is a critic of current American drug laws.

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