Posted by Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S. on October 01, 1998 at 18:45:14:
In Reply to: Re: We the People posted by New Kid on October 01, 1998 at 03:10:08:
I disagree with all cases which have held
that the Preamble has no legal effect.
On the contrary, the legislative intent
of any law is always pertinent to its
construction, and to its enforcement.
The Preamble in the U.S. Constitution
provides undeniable evidence of the
Framers' intent, as expressed therein.
Moreover, the various state legislators
who were asked to ratify this Constitution,
and under whose authority it became Law,
must have known the Preamble was referring
to them, and their Posterity, because
to make a more perfect Union means that
we are to be one nation, under God, indivisible,
to ensure the blessings of liberty for all time.
And to achieve this end, we must "establish"
justice. That means to institutionalize
justice, not merely to seek after it in some
vainglorious fox hunt, never quote seeming
to catch up with it, or devouring it when we do.
These are the great, overriding principles
which the Constitution was written to guarantee.
Obsta principiis. Let us stand on principles,
first and foremost. It is the highest principles
which will surely endure the rugged test of time.
/s/ Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S.
Counselor at Law, Federal Witness,
and Private Attorney General
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