Why memorize the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States?

To the dedicated fans of The Tightwire Guy blog (however small the whole number is that represents the size of that population):

I apologize for not posting an new entry in over a week. I am currently working on a lengthy entry on a controversial topic that probably needs a bit more polishing, as well as a research project that explores the merit and pitfalls of a well-known hobby.

In the meantime, here is a (probably) shorter entry related to a topic near-and-dear to the hearts of those who admire, as well as question the merit of, what motivated the founders of the United States of America to draft and propose a better national contract that was eventually adopted by the governing subset of “the people of the United States” over two centuries ago.


Today, a fellow HuffPost reader included a rather bold statement in a reply to a comment that I posted in reply to another comment posted by another HuffPost reader related to a blog commentary on US manufacturing policy. Here it that statement:

“[T]he entire basis of [the] economic and political system [of the United States of America] is personal property and the right to ownership.”

And here is how I replied (which has yet to pass muster with HuffPost moderators):

[Abbreviation of HuffPost user ID],

Many libertarians would have us believe so, but the reality is that the recorded motivation for “our political and economic system” as expressed in the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States includes more than a reference to what you mentioned per the quote above.

To refresh your memory of that matter, here is the text of that Preamble:

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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.”

But in case you had forgotten this, I encourage you as a fellow patriotic American to challenge yourself to commit those words to memory to the point where you can recite them verbatim when someone asks you to do so. For doing so will likely help you remember ALL of the principles that motivated the founders of our country to “ordain and establish [our] Constitution of the United States of America” enough to have set them down IN WRITING in that Preamble.

With that thought in mind, I thank you (in advance) for being a fellow patriotic American!

The Tightwire Guy


Well, what say you, readers? Does that sound like good advice for patriotic Americans, as well as those who wish to understand what America stands for, to follow?

But before you answer that question, let me just say that I have taken up that challenge myself. And from the success I have achieved so far in that endeavor, I can say this: I truly believe that doing so has helped me to appreciate even more the principles the drafters of the US Constitution identified in its Preamble, and probably wanted future patriotic Americans to keep in mind when contemplating and debating what is “the entire basis of [the] economic and political system” of the United States of America.

At least that is what this patriotic American believes. Meaning…

The Tightwire Guy

P.S. In reviewing this entry, I noticed that I was not quoting the Preamble as it exactly appears in actual copies of the original printed copies of US Constitution even though my quote above (and in an earlier post to this blog) containing a mostly accurate transcription of that state. Here is original text, and an addition reference, for you to use in case you wish to take me up on the challenge discussed above:

“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.”

And keep well till next time.

The Tightwire Guy

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