……in order to form a more perfect union.  A more perfect union-that is what the writers of the Constitution were creating.  A more perfect union of imperfect people, where there would be Justice, peace, protection, provision and freedom for now and generations to come.  It is a beautiful assurance of a new way of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It was based on inalienable rights.  Rights that were given to mankind by a higher power.  We who are made in the image of that higher power are born to this earth with His power within us.  We are also born with the fallen nature that was rooted in the first act of evil. This Constitution was created to assure our birth rite, while impeding our evil nature.  It is a nature that is self-serving, proud, greedy, and hungry for power.

According to Oliver de Mille in We Hold These Truths to be Self Evident, there are 12 checks in our system of government in the United Sates of America.  These checks are meant to balance the power that would corrupt the government and destroy our inalienable rights.

There have been 11 presidents in my lifetime-11 regimes attempting to promote their interpretation of the Constitution on the unwitting masses.  Each one, because of the Constitution, were unsuccessful in their attempt.  The Constitution lays in the hands of those unwitting masses the power to control the destiny of the United States of America and control it they have.

My first understanding of this power was during the protests of the Vietnam War.  We the people stood up against the loss of life in what some perceived to be a senseless war.  As the protests got louder the votes of the people led to change in leadership that ultimately ended the war.

As an adult, when Clinton came to office, I feared for what his policies might do to our country.  Once again, the checks in our government prevailed.  As the people experienced policies that were detrimental to our way of life, the voice of the people was heard and there was a shift in leadership in the Congress and Senate.  This shift kept the harm at bay.

We are currently under the greatest violations of those inalienable rights that I have ever experienced in my lifetime.  There are more laws inhibiting our freedom, less protection of our privacy, and more imposition of our government.  I had nearly lost all hope for   America.

Once again, however, the people are rising.  The true power of this country has kept us out of war in Syria, demanded our privacy be returned and soon, I anticipate the imposition of the government on our healthcare will be abated.

I am reminded about when Jesus spoke of freedom to the Hebrew people.

John 8

31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?

Those in authority have tried time and time again to enslave us, but we as Americans stand up and say “We have always been free men and women in the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, we had the power all along in our ruby slippers- better known as The Constitution of the United States of America.