The Amended Preamble to the Constitution of the United States
The original text reads:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.
I propose that the amended text read:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to establish Justice, provide for the common defence, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Note that three changes have been made here, all of them deletions. These are the deletions of the phrases “to form a more perfect Union”, “insure domestic tranquility” and the dreadful “general welfare” clause, that much-abused two-word phrase that has abetted the issuance of so many destructive amendments to the document.
From a purely libertarian perspective I can see no benefit in “forming a more perfect union.” This is exactly what “Honest [sic] Abe” Lincoln was so sure he was doing by invading the southern states after they exercised their absolutely legal and constitutional right to secede from a union that was more than a little oppressive and unjust. The union of states has so far, in this libertarian’s mind, brought about nothing other than increased centralization and oppression. In all honesty, the nation as it existed under the Articles of the Confederation was "the more perfect union."
Next I ask: How the heck does one define “domestic tranquility?” Even in eighteenth-century prose this was an ill-defined and vague term. Again, we’ve seen what ill-defined and vague language has wrought in our legal system and this is no exception. “Domestic tranquility” can be construed to mean whatever a conniving politician wants it to mean (or, more ominously, an entire body of conniving politicians). “Insuring domestic tranquility” is apparently what the Smirking Chimp now occupying the oval office had in mind when he urged congress and the courts to pass and uphold the USA Patriot [sic] act that is slowly but steadily stripping away our unalienable rights. Get vague drivel such as this phrase out of our governing document!
Finally, there is the dreaded “general welfare” clause that Thomas Jefferson so vociferously complained about before the ink on the original document was even dry. I won’t waste time explaining why I think this abomination needs to be removed. Refer to The Federalist Papers for more details.
Well, that concludes installment one of the rewrite. Much more to follow, comments and criticisms are most welcome.