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.
Constitution Day nearly passed me by. Fortunately, the Wall St. Journal published an editorial by Assistant Professor Adam Carrington of Hilsdale College.
He suggests that those who would invoke and defend the Constitution mostly focus on the Bill of Rights or on one of the later amendments. Instead, he suggests, we might find wisdom in the preamble; wisdom that would help us to answer the political questions that plague us today.
Alas, he does not show us those answers. But he does ask some good questions. We should be aware that “domestic tranquility,” “the blessings of Liberty,” and the sovereignty of “We the People” are truly at risk. It is a holiday worth our remembrance.
Nearby, the Journal’s editorial staff commentate on the renewed attack on Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh’s past life. They conclude that this is either an attempt to pressure Justice Kavanaugh into altering his positions when making decisions and/or question the very legitimacy of the institution.
Connecting these dots is left as an exercise for the reader.