Richard D. Cheshire PhD
From the author of “Leading By Heart;” former President of The University of Tampa; former Vice President of Development for the Center for Strategic & International Studies; and a leading authority in leadership work and non-profit development comes this timely examination of the underpinnings of the law of the land and the basics of political issues as set forth by the Founders in the Preamble to the Constitution.
In this presidential election year, what are the platforms being proposed by the major parties and what directions and promises are being made by the candidates that will carry this country forward on the path laid out by the Founders? This book traces the law of the land as envisioned by the founding fathers who drafted this US Constitution focusing on the Preamble and the base for the country going forth with the underpinning of freedom being paramount. Richard “Dick” Cheshire’s life path and experiences put him in positions and interactions with a unique cadre of individuals and institutions that enabled him to put forth the propositions and solutions proposed.
America leads a quest for freedom, not a war for unfreedom. That’s the message of the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution. This quest is indomitable because it is in the nature of civilized people to create, not destroy. That is why the Preamble should be the first plank in the political platforms of both national parties, and why it should also be the first promise of every presidential candidate. It is why it should be the first thought on the mind of every prospective voter, as well.
The Constitution begins with a single sentence, which is the Preamble. It declares that “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.”
This charge is a doctrine of freedom. It frames the Supreme Law of the Land. It is the order to which our leaders are pledged. It embraces our national purpose. America is not at war with terrorists, but we are in a fight for our lives. It is the moral equivalent of war, an indomitable freedom quest for all people, a struggle for civilization over decadence. We must lead that quest along with our partner nations, because we should and we can. It is our founding ideal.
This indomitable quest for freedom—not fear—deserves our support. Freedom is not the rule of the cruel. Freedom is the rule of the cool.
“My purpose in writing the book is to convince Americans that the charge to America, that answers their frustrations in the campaign underway leading to the 2016 nation and state elections, lies in the first sentence of the US Constitution known as the Preamble. Both national party platforms should pledge “To Keep Us Free” by adopting it as the basis of whatever conservative or liberal policies they propose.”
~ Dr. Richard D. Cheshire ~
Here are a few excerpts to give a tenor of the thrust of the book:
“To be free of unfreedom is the first and ultimate step of being safe from unsafety.”
“We are the land of the free because we are brave.”
“The Preamble is the singularity of civil law in America as a free country, and it opens the way out of the world meta crisis which besets us.”
“The meta force that counters it, when released, is our freedom—the heart of America.”
“This is not a partisan conservative or liberal issue. It is an American issue.”
“The Preamble is the highway to freedom for all Americans.”
“This is America’s DNA. The essence of this DNA is based on conserving values, liberating energy, and keeping the freedom.”
“Our founders chose freedom because they believed in the idea of a free country in a free world.”