Our country is overdue for re-definition. It begs at least three questions.
What were we? What have we become? What do we really want to be? Do we still want to be the financial king of the hill/world? Or are we ready for something more meaningful, like wanting to live in a free, dynamic country that cherishes what is real, original and enduring in all of us?
If we feel we must lead the world, fine, but why not do it by becoming an example of what freedom is, far beyond our houses, cars, clothes and big screen TVs. We can lead by showing how deep mutual respect for others is possible whether we agree with their thinking or not. We, of all countries, could be an object lesson for Mead’s society "where every diverse gift can find a fitting place."
In re-reading the preamble of the Constitution, it still sounds relevant and fresh. We still are the people of the United States of America, and we still are the governing body that freely elects who serves us.
The preamble states that in order to form a more perfect union the Constitution seeks "to establish justice, ensure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." I hope these words are spoken often in our schools and not just in history classes. We, the people, are deserving of this, and should speak out to insure it happens, We should settle for nothing less.