Our forefathers and framers of the Constitution were not sure how our new government was going to function once it got established. They didn't expect to have a party system that developed soon after.
Our government was not established for the type of banking system and the powerful type of corporations of today. Our forefathers could not foresee, a civil war and the factory system that was to develop a hundred and two hundred years later.
Millionaires, let alone billionaires were impossible to conceive. Corporations earning billions could never come to their minds. They did not foresee the freedom of slaves let alone labor unions and their bargaining rights.
Of course, cities the size of New York and Chicago and of London and Paris today were not in their imaginations.
The types of constitutional amendments and court rulings, as they evolved were not within their designs nor in their thoughts.
They probably didn't believe that we'd be the oldest constitutional government on the earth by the year 2011. They couldn't imagine 2011 just as we can't imagine years 2200 and 2300.
So here we have been given a foundation of government that could modify itself through the years and cope with all the rapid changes that our civilization has presented. We have a government that it seems can cope with all situations given our past experience.
But do we have a social structure today, completely unrelated to what life was like after the Revolution? Can we give credence to the fairness of life that our forefathers believed would develop?
Based on that inheritance, our social and economic system has developed beyond the dreams of our forefathers.
“That all men are born equal”--what a fantastic dream. It was also argued that beyond birth that the opportunities for “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness might not be all that equal.
That some at birth would hold a higher status than others with better chance at providing better opportunities toward living and for liberty to purse happiness. My father never had that higher status but he would on his hands a knees kiss this land of opportunity.
Those of us who live here today and those who have lived here during the past century have sought to give, in whatever way we can, that liberty and that equal opportunity to pursue happiness to all our people.
We have tried to do away with hunger, poverty, disease, discrimination of all types and give dignity to our citizens, the people of this wonderful land ,as children, in their youth, on the job during their working years, in their retirement and during their old age.
Most have been able to identify a permanent place, a piece of land on which to live and where generations come together, share and pursue happiness.
There are some in our society today, who would deny these privileges and the principles that we have developed over the years and who would believe that they are following the dreams expressed in our Declaration of Independence, laid out in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.
These rights, principles and dreams require re-reading. And our new institutions long for humanizing hands..
These evolving processes and institutions must be shaped to fit within the dreams of our forefathers, within the dreams of our fathers and those we hold for our children and grandchildren.