Day 2 We the People
Sarah is among many who have been committed to Constitutional Conservatism long before she wrote this chapter. “We the People” is a theme that we have had for two years here at the Patriot’s Trumpet.
In her typical direct style, Sarah goes right to the heart of our charge to restore America. The American Constitution, older than any of the dozens in existence around the world is singularly different from all the rest. The American Constitution alone is a document where the people charge the government with what it must do. Take a look:
“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.”
All other Constitutions, written by some form of ruling elite, tell the person which rights the government grants to them. Sarah succinctly but powerfully points out that all governments that can grant rights, can, will and do take them away. “[O]ur Constitution . . . . doesn’t give us rights—it describes a government that protects our God-given rights. It puts us in charge.”
In this powerful We the People chapter Sarah draws the distinction (along with presidents Regan and Coolidge) between we, who want to restore America to her founding principles, and those who want to fundamentally transform America. In her trademark way Sarah punctuated the chapter with experiences drawn from her travels such as the handwritten sign in black, acrylic paint on neon poster board that said simply, “Governments Don’t Give Rights. Governments Take Rights Away.”