Letter to the Editor of the Westfield Republican
In 1787, in an effort to revise the Articles of Confederation, representatives from the 13 states held a Grand Convention in Philadelphia. Finding the Articles inadequate for our now independent nation, the group secretly wrote a more appropriate Constitution. These men, being intelligent and experienced by political history and very recent experiences of our War for Independence, struggled to find a beginning. After much discourse to resolve conflict, they established in the first sentence the source of its authority, "We the people" and it's first objective, "to form a more perfect union." Much later, Congress was blocked by southern Congressmen, who refused to budge about slavery in our territories, not states. The result was our Civil War with its terrible civil consequences and irreplaceable loss of treasure and blood. Congress is now deadlocked by a party dedicated to gaining the power to dictate law rather than creating it Constitutionally. As stated, history confirms that resolving conflicts through intelligent cooperation is far more productive. Progress is made possible only when best heads put their minds to the task of finding ways to peaceable resolution. Even when neither party is completely satisfied, mutual buying-in to negotiated solutions assures success. No single party or individual can independently see all the significant matters, or know best. Our conflicted Congress should rededicate itself to uphold our Constitution by revising its childish rules, giving greater political power to the majority party and assure forming a more perfect union to resolve its conflicts. Of course, unconstitutional ideas should fail in committee. Now, the candidate of the party of the right for vice president proudly claims that his political views were formed by Ann Rand who promoted individual success over the collective success of "we the people." Certainly this does not agree with the Congressional objective "to form a more perfect union." I am very concerned that our voting public does not know and understand that our Constitution is the primary law of our country, and that any power not specifically stated in our Constitution is left to our state governments and individuals. What bother me most is that members of our Congress do not know and understand the Constitution they have sworn to uphold and defend. For example, the first clause of our first amendment states that Congress shall make no law concerning any religious institution, or prohibit the free exercise thereof. However, these institutions must comply with Constitutional laws, such as those establishing individual rights and properties not directly linked to practices of religion. Thus, religions are free to practice their religion, but must comply with all non-religious laws pertaining to all institutions. Upon entering our capital, Congressmen must forget their religious concepts, remembering them only as they directly relate to Constitutional issues.
David R. Correll