Rev. Jim Watkins and Roxie column: We the people

Jim Watkins

“Hi Jim. You’ve got a new hat. I’m used to seeing you in a chapeau (learned that word from a French poodle) with a bumble bee on it.”

“That’s not a bumble bee. It is a yellow jacket. Anyway, thanks for noticing my new hat. “

“It says ‘We the People’. That is puzzling. I know that you are a person. Why the need to draw attention to it?”

“Roxie. Those are the first words of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. And this hat has already given me cause for hope. One of the first times I wore it was on a trip to the bakery, Max’s place. The cashier was a young lady. She looked at my hat and began to recite.

‘We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union.’

Roxie, I wonder how many folks who see the hat recognize where the words on it are from? “

“Good question Jim. Is it a long preamble?”

“No, would you like to hear the whole thing?”

“As long as it doesn’t take all of happy hour.”

“Don’t worry. It’s power is in it’s brevity.” ‘We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic 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 United States of America.’”

“Jim I’m impressed with those words.. However, I know a little about your human history. We studied human history at Canine Prep School. There are some sad chapters in that history when humans didn’t live up to the preamble.”

“That’s true Roxie. For example, slavery was a blight on our nation that we are still trying to make right. The Constitution that follows the Preamble has been amended many times to insure that all who live in this nation are included in its words.”

“Jim, during this election year for you humans, do you have any suggestions for how the Preamble might be a guide for voters? “

“Thanks for asking, you asked the right question, just like I wrote it.”

“Well what is your answer?”

“For me, the concept of union is key. I’m going to support candidates who show me by words and deeds that they can be trusted to pull us together and not do things and say things that creates division among us. This virus mess has shown us the importance of unity. Unity doesn’t mean that we all agree all the time. In fact differences of opinion can lead to creative solutions. Unity means recognizing ourselves in others, and acknowledging that we are all part of something larger than any one of us.”

“Amen, Jim. Amen!”

The Rev Dr. Jim Watkins and Roxie

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