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We the Parents

by Dennis Vicars
July/August 2013
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As most Americans know, it really goes like this: "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."

The United States Constitution was ­created to bring order to 12 isolated ­colonies which had no joint resources, finances, or infrastructure to support and defend its own citizens. Soon after the Constitution was ratified, the Bill of Rights, which incorporated much from the 1689 writings of Englishman John Locke concerning the "natural rights that are inherent to all individuals" in their pursuit of "life, liberty, and prop­erty" was added. The Bill of Rights was our ability to ensure that we the people were protected in our individual pursuit of freedom and happiness. Additionally every state, county, city, and hamlet has established laws meant to protect its ­citizens, including the rights of children (Child Protective Services, etc.), teachers (labor laws, etc.), and parents to one degree or another, but none that really hits the core of what a parent in an early ...

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