From the Venerable Master (September, 2011)

posted May 22, 2015, 4:09 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 22, 2015, 4:09 PM ]

Hal Leister
The Constitution

September 17th marks the 224th anniversary of the United States Constitution. Our Constitution is truly a remarkable document. The US Constitution is the oldest written constitution still in use by any nation in the world! No other country has had a living document that has survived for more than two hundred years! That remarkably short document has been amended from time to time but its basic structure has remained unchanged. This stability is a tribute to our founding Fathers – the drafters of our Constitution. 
The drafter of the Constitution saw fit to provide a framework that would allow no branch of Government to obtain too much power. In fact, The Fathers consciously built into our governmental structure a delicate balance of power. Over the course of the past months we have seen that balance of power in operation. Washington’s debates and hearings on the US budget deficit and fiscal policy constitute a living example of the “advise and consent” of the Congress which is a vital part of the delicate balance of power.
When our founding Fathers began to draft the constitution, they did not do so in a vacuum. They looked at all of the excesses and faults of other governmental systems and sought to establish a system that would remedy those problems. Government by constitution sometimes seems to be government by trial and error. The United States Constitution, on the other hand, has truly stood the test of time. The principles embodied in the Constitution are basic ones. They are principles that ensure a vibrant and lasting democracy!
The Constitution gave each of us freedom. Freedom is a relationship free of oppression or coercion, and is closely connected with the concept of equality, civil liberties and human rights. It also means exemption from external control, interference and regulations. Freedom allows one to pursue happiness. Big government cost more than higher taxes. It is paid for with diminished freedom and less opportunity which may obstruct one’s pursuit of happiness. You cannot have unlimited opportunity and unlimited government! 
Our representatives need to stop bickering and use the art of comprise to unify Americans around a common goal to put this great nation back on the path of high growth, job creation, and financial soundness! Masons must become involved in assuring that our constitutional freedoms are not violated and that the people are well represented in all governments.
 It is instructive to know a little bit about who the drafters of the Constitution were. Nine signers of the Constitution were Masons. Evidence of membership or affiliation for thirteen other signers does exist. Six additional signers later became Masons making 28 of 40 signers of the Constitution Freemasons!
Past history gives Freemasons much to be proud of because this Nation’s Government was structured by the tenets of Freemasonry! What the future holds for our Great Nation may be influenced by our involvement!

Hal Leister  -  Venerable Master