Common Defense

I have this theory that The U.S. Constitution is a principle based instruction manual that absolutely, 100% guarantees success if it’s instructions are understood & followed.

It starts with understanding… you can’t possess something that you don’t understand (JWVG).
Then comes possession… you can’t transmit something that you don’t possess.
So once I understand something, I can possess it… once I possess something, I can transmit it or teach it to others.

Here is an example of a constitutional principle… ‘Common Defense’… first I have to understand what it means. Common Defense means that it is the purpose of the U.S. military to defend the American people’s freedom. Now, I want to understand this at it’s simplest level first. If I go looking for someone to push around, for any reason, then I’m a bully. If I cower to the bullies, then I’m a victim. If I’m kind & respectful of others yet I defend myself when necessary, then I’m an American.

So the principle of Common Defense is this… we cannot scatter our military all over the world & expect them to defend America… we cannot go on the offensive for money & power & expect to get peace from it… we absolutely cannot be in a continual state or war or conflict & expect to maintain our freedom.

Our founding fathers said it like this: “America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She well knows that by enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standards of freedom.” ~John Quincy Adams (1821)

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