“We The People.” Three bold words that declared the foundation of our country to ensure freedom. For Constitution Day, let’s remember the purpose of our Government:

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.

I have always been proud of the fact I was born on Constitution Day. Granted, my mother enjoyed reminding I was three weeks late. I apparently was waiting.

I believe in “We The People.” I believe in a “more perfect union.” I believe in establishing justice and securing liberty. I also remember gas lines as a child and a sense that our best days were behind us. However, I remember how things turned around when we began to believe in ourselves once again. We need to believe in ourselves once again.

There are those who understandably have a hard time believing in ourselves. High school freshmen should not be arrested for building a clock. Such ingenuity should be rewarded with a job, not a handcuffs. It is difficult to imagine the ability to be a clocksmith to somehow be probable cause for arrest.

There is another elephant in the room: those running for President of the United States should focus on how to unit and inspire, not insult and divide.

I believe in the United States, despite our very disappointing moments. Look at the outcry for those who called out injustice and you can see the better angels of our nature. Moreover, the American people rarely reward Nativism with elected office. Abraham Lincoln did not want to lower the bar for the Know-Nothing Party to join the Republicans in 1860. I am confident we will continue the tradition of building a bright future and not demonizing other human beings.

Our Constitution was designed to protect freedom with a working government containing checks and balances to avoid oppression. The Bill of Rights furthered this intent that the People would be free from government infringement, ranging from speech, to quartering of soldiers, to unlawful searches. “We The People” have fought wars, faced fire hoses, and endured tube feedings, for these rights to protected. Those sacrifices have not been forgotten. Every day those rights are vindicated by lawyers and judges across the country.

Every lawyer has taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. So on this day, let us remember that everything who do is to ensure a more perfect union for “We The People.”

I am also hoping for cake, but that’s me.

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Josh Gilliland
Josh Gilliland is a California attorney who focuses his practice on eDiscovery. Josh is the co-creator of The Legal Geeks, which has made the ABA Journal Top Blawg 100 Blawg for 2013 to 2016, and was nominated for Best Podcast for the 2015 Geekie Awards. Josh has presented at legal conferences and comic book conventions across the United States. He also ties a mean bow tie.