To the Editor:
On November 11, Americans honor our veterans who secured our freedom for over two centuries. These men and women seldom talk about lives left behind but walk the walk, honoring their oaths to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
It is our task as citizens to remember and value their sacred gift of freedom. It is also our responsibility as citizens to support and defend the Constitution.
What is this sacred gift of freedom? Why support and defend the Constitution?
Why have millions of men and women suspended their lives to secure freedom and support and defend the Constitution?
The Declaration of Independence states self-evident truths, “all men ... [have] the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Every human being has the right to live in freedom, but to secure that right, “governments are instituted among men.”
Why was the Constitution necessary?
The Revolutionary War won independence from the tyranny of King George. The Articles of Confederation allowed some people and states to exert arbitrary, self-serving advantages, harming others and undermining the federal government’s ability to pay debts.
To remedy these deficiencies, states sent delegates to a Constitution Convention in Philadelphia. They debated in oppressive heat from May 14 until signing the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Becoming effective on June 21, 1788, the Constitution created “a more perfect union,” limited government and secured freedom.
The sovereign people of our republic elect representatives to three separate branches having enumerated powers with checks and balances.
A just “government of the people, by the people, for the people” is necessary to secure freedom.
Every generation must secure freedom. Freedom is a gift, but isn’t free.
Let’s honor our veterans, cherish their sacred gift of freedom, and support and defend the Constitution.
K. David Schultz