The Jan. 6 strike on the U.S. Capitol raises very severe questions: who, what, wright here, once, and, for those loyal to the Constitution, why?
Watching the verbal gymnastics and ignoring of facts by those working hard to deny the intent and affect of the Jan. 6 events, I have actually been struck by exactly how far they are from the soul and also worths of the UNITED STATE Constitution and also by their disrespect for those whose sacrifice we honor this Memorial Day.
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The Constitution’s Preamble sets out what we are about as a nation; Memorial Day reminds us of the price the nation has borne to sustain our great nation. Both implicitly condemn the attack and also violence at the Capitol.
The Preamble: “We the People of the USA, in Order to create a much more perfect Union, establish Justice, incertain residential Tranquility, administer for the prevalent defense, promote the basic Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and also our Posterity, do ordain and also create this Constitution for the USA of America.”
Let"s take a look at these compelling words through the eyes of 2021.
First, an extra perfect Union: There are plainly necessary actions still needed to attain this, not the least of which is to temper divisive partisanship while looking to where the Union — and the Constitution — can be enhanced to the advantage of all.
Establish justice: The nation is in the throes of a long overdue self-examination of the meaning and affect of justice. We should adopt the depth of this practical discussion to make points best for all, for those falsely or unfairly accused and also treated, for the also many victims of crime, and also for our police, who are called upon to act also handedly and professionally at all times, regardmuch less of hard situations or dangers, actual or regarded.
Incertain residential tranquility: The events of Jan. 6 and also the behavior of all connected took us to a nadir not seen since our bloody Civil War. That the president urged the rally on the mall for weeks and spoke as he did at the event is a clear affront to the words and also aspirations of the Founding Fathers.
Provide for the widespread defense: This Memorial Day we commemorate the sacrifice of those in our equipped services, including our National Guard, which fills the role of “a well-regulated militia” envisioned in the Constitution"s 2nd Amendment. The country is safer for their initiatives, and also the civilization has actually benefited too. They challenge good obstacles — geopolitical, technical and also those still to be understood — in the decades ahead.
Promote the basic welfare: This says working together to the benefit of all. Why not take actions and also comassures to encertain a decent living wage for those working hard in workaday America? Why not recognize that the basic stability that underpins flexibility for entrepreneurship and permits corporations to profit truly relies on the work and sacrifice of average human being of modest indicates, consisting of those performing civic and also armed forces service?
Secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and also our posterity: This signals an unwavering nationwide commitment to democracy and also shared respect, including ensuring that an average citizen"s vote is valued as a lot as the vote of the effective and also significant.
One can only hope that the Congress will certainly reveal and acunderstanding the roots and obligation of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol — and on our electoral procedure. Let the proposed Commission perform its occupational, let Congressional leaders testify honestly to the events they observed and also to their individual contacts through the White House that day and also welcome the truth for what it is, the truth.
This Memorial Day, we should require to heart the lessons learned from Jan. 6. Like the Starting Fathers 230 years earlier, we all must perform our component to attain the goal of a much more perfect Union for future generations of Americans regardmuch less of their color, creed, or economic standing. Our esteemed company members would certainly mean no less.
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Mike Mozur is a reworn down UNITED STATE State Department Senior Fopower Service officer and ecological executive that currently resides in the Pensacola area.