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It’s about “we the people”

I read with interest the article in the Oct. 6 story in The Union about the speech of KrisAnne Hall on the U. S. Constitution. As I understand her thinking, federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Park Service, National Forest Service, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), etc., plus programs and services like Medicare, interstate highways, air traffic control etc., are all unconstitutional.

She seems to want to set aside 225-plus years of Constitutional interpretation and application by all three branches of our federal government and rely only on the several years of hard work that went into creating it. Do we really for a moment want to live in a country, state, and county in which none of the federal services and programs I have mentioned and others like them exist? With dirt roads, dirty water and air, and no national public health programs? I hope not. We live in the United States in the 21st Century, not the 18th. Lets’ benefit from our 225-plus years of applying our Constitution, rather than trying to freeze it in the rural east coast world of 1787.

The Constitution is not about my liberty, it is about “We the People,” living together in our free society. It states its purpose is 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.” To do that, we need to apply it to today’s computerized U.S., with 316 million people over a continent, not just the 3 to 4 million people on the east coast in 1787, where at least 40 percent of the population (and over half the women) were illiterate.



Conni Barker

Penn Valley


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