The Liberty Of Liberty For Ourselves And Our Posterity

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To Secure the Blessings of Liberty for Ourselves and our Posterity The term “liberty” is a buzzword. Yes, it has a strict definition, “freedom,” but the definition has even more interpretations and connotations. However, it is absolutely certain that the idea of liberty has changed radically from the colonial period to the 1980s. The liberty that the revolutionaries rallied behind is much different that than the liberty Reagan preached in contrast with the Soviet Union. Another radically different idea is the concept of the Federal Government, and its role in people’s lives. Certainly the the federal government 100 years after the revolution, let alone 200, would be unrecognizable to the framers of the constitution. However, the goals of the federal government have remained the same, neatly clustered in the preamble. One such goal, in the words of the framers, is, “to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” However, just because the goal has remained the same does not mean the interpretation has, as every president has a differing ideal of how to go about doing this. The idea of liberty, and the role of the federal government, and the interpretation of this preamble section evolved symbiotically, so it is no surprise that they are strongly related to each other.As the federal government got stronger, the more American citizens expected it to be involved with securing their blessings of liberty. In the early republic, the interpretation of this section was not yet secure, as the ideas of liberty were part of a larger debate between Hamilton and Jefferson. Alexander Hamilton, head of the Treasury, was tasked with fixing the massive debt incurred by The Revolutionary War. He created a multi-step pl... ... middle of paper ... ...he largest violator of liberties. Ironically enough, Jefferson worked to dismantle his own point of view, unbeknownst to him. Lincoln reunified the union, strengthening not only the bonds between states but also the federal government, and its involvement with civil liberties as well. The New Deal expanded government influence on everyday life and therefore everyday liberties, while the rights revolution came as a direct result. Petitioning the government for rights demonstrated that the american public now expects government intervention into personal affairs, a new kind of liberty pioneered at this time. The federal government is entwined with personal liberties, and it is tasked with curating and protecting them. This developed over 200 years of understanding and re-understanding the role of government, the definition of liberty, and the constitution itself.

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