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.become:
I, a person in the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Division, establish Prejudice, insure domestic paranoia, provide for world domination, promote the welfare of a few, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to the power elite and their posterity... do reject and pervert the Constitution of the United States of America.
I understand that when the founders wrote preamble of Constitution, lots of folks were left out. We the people, excluded slaves, women, people with disabilities, peasants, illiterates; really all but white property owners.
But there was, at the very least, the acknowledgment of a social contract between the people; a sense that they were in it together, that their futures were bound together. They thought in terms of "we".
"We've" lost that.
People with little, blame people with less. People with insurance feel absolutely no social contract with those who do not. Domestic tranquility is replaced with race-hatred, gender-biased legislation, ableist discrimination, wall-building and color-coded terrorism threats. Liberty applies to still a select few. Common defense is now aggressive; offensive (in every sense of the word) attacks. Oil laying under another land, is ours by manifest destiny; as are the vast resources of the world, the diamond in Africa, the spices in Granada...
Historians Arnold J. Toynbee and James Burke believe the Roman Empire (a rotten system initially) didn't so much fall, but experienced steadily declining decay of their institutions. In their view, the Empire could never have lasted without radical reforms.
Their economy plummeted into "Raubwirtschaft", or to a plunder economy; where the goal is to steal the wealth and resources of a another country or area. It also relied on booty and a tax system that drove small farmers into default or into debt to the elite who were exempt from taxation. Their slave labor prevented a middle class with purchasing power. They exported few entrepreneurial or technological goods.
All this was happening at the same time military costs and governmental pomp increased. "Financial needs continued to increase but the means of meeting them steadily eroded." Sound familiar?
Toynbee & Burke propose that the powerful Roman Empire ended, long before its final dissolution.
Are We Our Brother's & Sister's Keeper?
How and when did this happen to us? Is it human nature or inherent in our system? Is the only way to survive through "radical reforms?" Will those reforms turn toward a new, more inclusive definition of "we?" Or, are we destined to follow the "I" path to our own demise?
We must stop pitting Christian against not as Christian and other religions; race against race; able-bodied against disabled; heterosexuals against all other sexuals.
Do do otherwise, is to design our final destruction as a people.