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Americanism: Speech

A speech written for an contest.

           ”    We the people. Three words. Three words that have stood the test of time. We. The. People.

               They start the most important document not only here in the United States but throughout the entire world. A beacon for people of all races, creeds, age, gender. The Constitution of these United States. Let’s go back to those 3 words. We the people. Pretty clear in its meaning. The people are creating this document. Not Electors. Not a couple of men. But a document that the people wanted. They wanted a government that they had say in. It does not say We the congress, we the council of men, we the whites. We The People. A government by the people, for the people and of the people!

               This infers that the PEOPLE have the responsibility to uphold it, to protect it, to make sure it works, and to fix it when needed. Most Americans will go on to not fulfill their responsibilities or use their rights to their fullest.

               The constitution gives congress the ability to levy taxes, while outlining that the Executive branch is to impose and collect those taxes. No one likes taxes. People only envision that it is the big bad government taking their hard earned money. That’s simply not true. The government collects taxes. That’s the only true part of that statement. And when the government realized that they would not have enough money collected in taxes to provide all the services they provide for the American people. They came up with the 16th amendment which would allow them to collect income taxes. That money goes into social programs such as Medicaid, social security, roads, funding education. Etc. These programs are things that WE THE PEOPLE have the rights to, in other words, promote the general welfare. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once said “taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” And that sums it up. We pay taxes to have the things that we have.

               The constitution, a document, a piece of paper, our very way of life. “Why should we protect it?” Well because we have freedoms and rights as of this moment but at any moment when people fail to act they can be taken away at a moment’s notice. We the people in order to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Posterity: future generations. We the People. Not only is it our right to liberty but it is our responsibility to protect them for our children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, etc. There have been few civilizations that have had somewhat of a democracy. One of the most infamous is the Roman Empire. When someone promises something great people tend to forget themselves and their duties. This has happened time and time again. They lose their rights. Thomas Jefferson said “You must check your elected officials, especially if you voted for them.” Politicians make empty promises. We all know that and that is what Jefferson wanted us to avoid. We need to remind our elected officials that they are not their own entities(?) but rather a spokesperson for the PEOPLE.

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