Letter: The Constitution and our liberties
To the editor:
March 4, 1789 marked the first day the United states commenced operations of Government under the Constitution, replacing the previous guidance of the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution’s purpose was to guarantee the political liberties achieved in the Revolution. It additionally addressed the short-comings of the Articles of Confederation by providing the central government the ability to raise revenue, regulate commerce, and enforce treaties. Further clarifying the Constitution’s intent, The Amendments were added bringing specificity to its guidance. ( I through IX = The Bill of Rights.)
However, is this a historical document of the “past” or a meaningful guide to our liberties today? I strongly answer the latter. Bypassing the Constitution and embracing a “slippery slope” of actions meant to dismantle it, instead of reinforcing it, ultimately leads to subjugation.
On March 3, we had an opportunity for our local residents to share in a celebration of this vital document at a gathering at the Peterborough Historical Society. Four local students joined the group in a public reading, bringing meaning and viability for it, to their growing lives — an act that will be repeated on June 16 (Ratification) and Sept. 15 (Adoption).
Selection of our Supreme Court judges continues to be an all important responsibility of our elected leaders. For over the years, the Supreme Court has played an essential role in keeping the Constitution relevant.
We the people, however, must take responsibility for the chipping away of our freedom in exchange for the illusion of security. “They that give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ben Franklin, 1759