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What do we want as citizens of the most prosperous and free country the world has ever seen?

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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.”

We keep arguing among ourselves on just how those stated principles can and must be effectuated. That is what all the fuss and feathers is in our present public discourse.

Sometimes we have made laws or policies that are anathema to the precepts and concepts embodied in achieving those goals.

To form a more perfect union has required us to accommodate some ideas that had not been considered as societal goals at the time of its writing — probably most evident by the acceptance by some states of same-sex marriage and the difficulty of other states to accept it as legal .

We establish justice in many ways, primarily through our legal system. It is a beacon of stability in this troubled world.

Because we citizens believe the society and its governance is basically fair and just, we have established a domestic tranquility that the rest of the world can but admire.

Our common defense is acknowledged to be the most formidable of any in the world, and we only need argue to what level we intend to maintain it.

The general welfare has become a most contentious and pervasive point of political discussion. Much of the discourse is aimed at defining just how much of my brother’s keeper I must be. And if the government can force me to support my brother.

We are constantly failing in securing the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Much of that liberty has been or is being whittled away in the name of communitarianism and security.

So what to do to perpetuate the goals as set forth in our Constitution?

First: Vote. Vote your conscience, not your pocketbook or your associations.

Second: Make your voice heard in promoting your beliefs about good governance.

Third: Be aware of the attempts to slice away parts of your freedoms and speak loudly in your opposition to those attempts.

James M. Blass, Mechanicsville