It’s a new day, a new year, Congress is convening and legislatures are meeting throughout the country. As these new legislative sessions begin and as an elected official myself, I’ve been thinking a lot about what government is supposed to do. I’m realizing that what describe us: man,woman, black, Hispanic, Asian, white, gay, straight, rich, poor, democrat or republican, etc., is not what defines us. What defines us and what brings us together is what iswritten on our hearts.
The True American heart believes that all individuals are Created equal and that each individual has Rights, not guarantees, to Life, Liberty and thepursuit of Happiness. In order to achieve these three outcomes, “We the People” entrust six things to government to focus on:
- Form a more perfect Union
- Establish Justice (True Justice does not show partiality)
- Insure domestic Tranquility
- Provide for the common defense
- Promote the general Welfare (General not partial)
- Secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Posterity
That’s it. Simple. Three outcomes and six marching orders. These are the guiding lights for each elected official, whether man, woman, black, Hispanic, Asian, white, gay, straight, rich, poor, democrat or republican, etc. Each decision that elected officials make must stand this test. If it doesn’t, the solution must be found amidst “We the People,” not government. Deep down, the American heart knows this to be True. This is what defines us…what is written on our hearts.