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We the People

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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 was playing around with GIMP and trying different manipulations of the Constitution—a completely different kind of manipulations than are done by our elected officials. I haven't used most of the features in GIMP and I decided it's time to learn. If you would comment, I would appreciate it. Thanks.


Constitution Trivia


Thirty-nine deputies signed the Constitution. Fourteen deputies had departed for their homes, and three—Randolph and Mason, of Virginia, and Gerry, of Massachusetts—refused to sign. One of the signatures is that of an absent deputy, John Dickinson, of Delaware, added at his request by George Read, who also was from Delaware.



You can find a complete transcript of the Constitution of the United States at the National Archives.




Update: I found my photo was used to accompany an article by Justin Thibault. I thought it was a great article, very well though out.


The Ultimate Voter Guide


By Justin Thibault


October 28, 2008


I’m “that guy” for about two dozen people.


I’m the guy a number of people call to get guidance on whom to vote for towards the back end of the ballot in a general election or anywhere on a ballot in a primary election. Admittedly, being “that guy” is difficult, because even though I might like someone for an office – I find that some of my friends have priorities that might differ from mine. So, it takes a different approach based on the individual and the candidate.


So, here’s my advice – consult a great voter guide. Both the State of North Carolina and the Federal Government have been making comprehensive voter guides available for centuries – they call them “Constitutions”.


In our country, when someone serves in the military or takes elected or many appointed offices – they do not swear allegiance to an official nor do they even swear to serve a people or a land. The common phrase is “to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”. Each official – from County Commissioner to the President – takes an oath to a document. In the document is a set of job descriptions for each individual and a set of ideas on which our laws our based.


Voters’ willful ignorance of that State and Federal Constitutions allow our rhetoric to devolve into a glorified popularity contest based on who promises cut our taxes, give us a bigger share of someone else’s hard-earned money, or would be most fun at your Super Bowl party.


What would happen if each of us asked the question: “Who are the best people for each of these jobs as described in the Constitution?” That one question helps boil out most of the fat of the marketing elements from the campaigns and brings you back to the core issues of the role of government in any office in our Republic.


But what does all this have to do with being “that guy”? Well, this isn’t the first election that I’ve been an activist and it isn’t the first one that someone has asked guidance about people on their ballot. For those decisions where I factored in some inter-party dispute, some personal relationship, or matter of style – I’ve lived to regret it. For those where I’ve asked the Constitutional question – I’ve been at peace with it.


So, when you’re in the voting booth you shouldn’t parse which claims and promises those looking for your vote will actually fulfill – just look at their record and character and ask if they’ll be able to carry out the one promise that they swear to on a Bible.







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Taken on September 28, 2008