We do need a “More Perfect Union”

  • Replica of the Constitution of the United States as Signed by Our Founding Fathers. PHOTOPA1

Published: 9/17/2020 3:44:41 PM
Modified: 9/17/2020 3:44:31 PM

John Blasiak states in his My Turn on Sept. 10, We don’t need no stinking Constitution, that “The only purpose of a government is to protect people’s individual freedom, not to control them, even for their own good.” No John. The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution states:

“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.”

In fact, John, there are six stated purposes of the United States Constitution. “We the People” have been striving for 232 years to achieve a more perfect union, equal justice, safety both domestic and foreign, the common welfare of all, balanced with the blessings of liberty for ourselves and future generations. It’s very simple, there can never be prosperity and the blessings of liberty without safety, equal justice and providing for the common welfare of all.

Many Americans believe, as John Blasiak does, that the protection of individual liberty is the primary purpose of government. Not so. Our founding fathers knew better. Our first Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, failed to provide a strong national government that could bind us together for the benefit of all Americans. They knew that it is only through giving up some rights for the common good that we can all prosper.

The Massachusetts Constitution, likewise, set up a commonwealth. We each give up some individual rights, such as not wearing a face mask or vaccinating our children, in exchange for the health and safety of everyone. Gov. Baker’s state of emergency declaration on March 10 required “face-coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible and at all times on public transit and in retail settings.” The order is “pursuant to Chapter 39 of the Acts of 1950 and section 2 of Chapter 17 of the General Laws.”

John Blasiak states incorrectly that “Massachusetts and many other states have been operating under Martial Law for months. The state’s actions are transparently illegal.” Never mind that our duly elected legislature and governor have acted within the law to protect our commonwealth.

John Blasiak quotes, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Just to be clear, these are words from the Declaration of Independence not from the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution is the Law of the Land, not the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson and our founding fathers knew that the protection of life comes before the protection of liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

In Massachusetts we have had more than 125,000 COVID-19 cases and 9,210 deaths as of Sept. 14. Across the United States, we have suffered close to 200,000 deaths with a projected 400,000 deaths before the end of 2020. Clearly, Gov. Charlie Baker has acted within the law and according the U.S. Constitution to protect our lives so that we may all “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

Michael Magee, an Orange resident, has taught U.S. History for over 20 years at Mahar Regional School.


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