Destiny's Vision and Purpose
It is said the founding fathers were the millennials of their day.
James Madison, "the Father of the Constitution," was the youngest delegate to the Constitutional Congress in 1780, and he was only 25 when the Declaration was signed in 1776. James Monroe was only 18 years old in 1776. At 24 he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Alexander Hamilton was only 22 in 1776. Monroe was a college drop-out. Hamilton was denied any formal education. Regardless, they persevered. During the founding of our nation and the drafting of our Declaration of Independence, youth and unwavering determination played an integral part.
Now, Millennials are already showing similar great potential. We are notoriously distrustful of government - which is how it should be. We aren't blindly tied to economic interests and don't feel necessarily connected to the existing power structure. You could say rebellious - a little reminiscent of the founding fathers already. We are rarely consulted when legislation is drafted. The political atmosphere is polarizing, and if anything, Millennials certainly don't see the world as black and white. We don't feel we can make any legitimate changes. We are stuck debating polarizing topics, intending to find meaningful solutions, but with no power to do so we come up empty handed. We're simply not civically engaged enough, but Destiny believes all we need is some inspiration.
At the time of writing the Constitution, the founding fathers faced similar issues. They saw a severe abuse of power. That's why they wrote it. At Destiny, we worry that Millennials no longer see the importance and the significance, hell, the beauty of the damn thing. These young and strong men saw injustice, and they joined together to divide the powers that be. They were a force for good. In the Constitution, they divided power as much as they could without fully stunting the government. That's the point of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. They also divided it among federal government, state, and local authorities. They put freedom back in the hands of individuals. This was groundbreaking, and it was a victory for good.
Without protection and preservation, the Constitution becomes just another piece of paper. A piece of paper that hundreds of thousands of good people have died to protect. And it must be protected and respected, not because it binds us, but because it brilliantly guides us. It requires us to remain strong, because it is OURS. It is not the government's. It is ours. And we must do everything in our power to teach that to others.
So, read the damn thing. Take a few afternoons and read it. There's even a sparknotes version. Read that. We are due to inherit this world, and we need to make sure that freedom and good prevail. We need to run for office, and we need to understand the constitution.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said, quite beautifully:
"You cannot preserve what you do not revere. You cannot protect what you do not comprehend. You cannot defend what you do not know"
The Constitution is YOURS. History is known to repeat itself. This is our Destiny.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance" Thomas Jefferson