Nearly every American school child can recite the preamble for the Constitution of the United States of America. In case you’ve forgotten, it goes like this…
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.
It’s a beautiful sentiment for one of the most unique countries in the world. But as I sat watching the fireworks tonight, I started wondering what the preambles for the Four Corners states might be. That led me to a journey of discovery that I’d like to share with you.
We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, in order to form a more independent and perfect government; establish justice; insure 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 “State of Colorado”.
We the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution.
Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we, the people of Utah, in order to secure and perpetuate the principles of free government, do ordain and establish this CONSTITUTION.
“We, the people of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty, in order to secure the advantages of a state government, do ordain and establish this constitution.”
Happy Fourth of July to my favorite four states and to the good old U.S.A.