The following was written by Bill Grill, Convention of States California volunteer.
"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 the Constitution for the United States of America."
These noble words, while meant as an introduction to the Constitution, outlined the intent of the Constitution for all Americans. The person credited with writing the Preamble was one of the lesser known Founders, Gouvernear Morris, and was placed in the Constitution during the last days of the Constitutional Convention.
One word in the Preamble gives the Constitution its longevity: "Posterity," meaning all future generations. Henry Clay, the 7th Speaker of the House of Representatives, said, “The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.”
The word is a powerful one for the Founders to use. It tells us the Founders wanted this document to continue on and to guide future generations in governing the country.
Today, we find ourselves in the midst of a crisis--a people divided by ideologies with neither side willing to compromise and move forward. Instead, each party chooses to point fingers and blame the other for the problems in our country.
But the Founders were wise enough to know that no political system is perfect. The ability of self-governance had to be preserved should the formal government become so indecisive as to be dysfunctional.
Article V of the Constitution preserves self-governance for posterity.
Now is the time to exercise that ability. Twelve states have already passed resolutions for a Convention of States, and a milestone has been reached with one million signatures gathered for the petition, telling our state representatives that we are tired of big government, career politicians, and overspending.
You can help by signing the Convention of States petition to rein in our government.
In the words of President Abraham Lincoln, “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution”.