Continued from last month.
Liberty and Freedom that the Revolution Won! Just what did our Revolutionary War veterans fight to win?
In researching for this month's column, I came across The Heart and Soul of the Constitution, address by Sol Bloom, Director General of the United States Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission taken from the, The Story of the Constitution an official government publication copyright, 1937.
"Summed up, the Preamble declares that our forefathers sought Union, Justice, Tranquillity, Safety, Welfare, and Liberty. These are the virtues enjoined upon mankind by their Heavenly Father. He who seeks justice is blest with the benediction of God. It is God's wish that mankind should be free. In securing their liberty, the people obey God's will. We hear it said that the Constitution is faulty because it does not invoke the name of the Deity. I hold that it does more than lean upon Divine of the Deity. It strives to do God's will on earth, as it is done in heaven. Not a line, not a word in the Constitution is in conflict with the Divine will. On the contrary, every word and every declaration breathes an ardent desire to pattern the American Nation in accordance with God's holy will. Can an atheist become President of the United States? I maintain that the spirit of the Constitution forbids it. The Constitution prescribes an oath or affirmation which the President must take in order to qualify or his office. This oath or affirmation in its essence is a covenant with the people which the President pledges himself to keep with the help of Almighty God. All officers of the United States and of the States, all judges and defenders of the Union must bind themselves to support the Constitution. Whether given by oath or affirmation, this pledge is essentially an appeal for Divine help in keeping inviolate a sacred obligation. Upon all the coins of the United States appears the inscription, "In God we trust." Every word of the Constitution breathes this trust in God. Read the Preamble again and again. Give wings to your thought, so that you may poise like an eagle over time and the universe, and you will find within those words all the most ardent hopes of the human heart, the holiest aspirations of the human soul. That this nation is established upon the rock of God's favor and protection will be proved, we devoutly believe, by its indestructibility. Time does not wear down nor eat away the eternal truths of the Constitution. War can not overturn the temple of our liberty so long as American sons are worthy of their forefathers. Instead of fading with age, the glory of the Constitution takes on new splendor with the passing of the centuries. The faith of the forefathers gave them strength to plan for the ages. May we, with equal faith, guard our birthright and hand it down to our posterity as their most precious heirloom-liberty, "the immediate jewel of the soul."
In reading America's history, we can not deny the presence of Almighty God and His benediction on our great country, for to do so would be a tyranny in itself. "The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time." - Thomas Jefferson " The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks." - Samuel Adams "Men must be governed by God, or they will be ruled by tyrants." - William Penn "Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before himů.let the wicked perish at the presence of God." - Psalm 68:1,2.