The Contract

This is a story about a group of entrepreneurs that had the idea to form a company together.  Each had their own set of talents and resources and had been very successful on their own, but they believed they could be far more successful as a partnership.  Since many companies had failed in the past, the entrepreneurs were quite apprehensive about the idea, having concerns about how the new company would be run, who would be in control, etc.  All being independent and proud, each partner had their own ideas on how the company should be formed and managed.  So they spent much time comparing ideas and thinking about ways to protect the new company, and each other, should the company struggle or become extremely successful.   Their solution was to draw up with a contract that laid out the rules for how the new company would be organized, how it would be run, its mission, the profit sharing strategy, priorities, etc.  They envisioned many potential problems that may arise and planned for those in the contract to prevent rash decisions by some partners based on emotion, conflict or crisis.  After finally agreeing on the details, they each signed the contract and began their new company.

It wasn’t long before the new company became wildly successful.  It immediately attracted investors from everywhere.  People were flocking to this new company.  The company grew and grew and became one of the largest companies in the world.  The growth, though, didn’t come without growing pains.  Occasionally, they realized that they didn’t think of everything in the original contract and had to make a slight change.  To do this, they needed the consent of all of the partners.  When everyone agreed the change was necessary, they signed an amended contract and continued enjoying their great success.

The contract was not just about the partners, it provided incentives and bonuses to the employees while protecting them from unfair treatment by their supervisors.  Employees were free to set their own hours, come and go as they please, and work in any department that they wished.  Hard workers were rewarded for their efforts and became wealthy.  Everyone realized quickly that the success of the company was really due to the contract that the partners had thought out long before.

Every now and then, a group of new investors or employees came up with their own ideas about how the company should be managed.  They would try to impose their new ideas by pleading to the partners to change the contract to allow it.  When the partners would not agree, the group tried to use other means.  They thought that if they could find loop holes in the contract, they could exploit them so the partners would no longer have control over the company.  If they could find a judge to interpret certain paragraphs of the original contract a different way, then they could slowly tear away some of the constraints imposed by the contract.  You see, despite the unimaginable success of the company, some folks wanted to change the rules.

The company lasted for a long time.  Eventually, all of the original partners died but the company continued and remained strong.  The partners’ spirit and their contract still lived within the company.  However, the partners’ death made it even easier for judges to reinterpret their contract.  The contract came under constant attack.  Every crisis, conflict or fad that came about caused people to question the contract and seek out ways to change it.  They claimed that the contract was old and outdated -saying it didn’t apply to the company of that day.  Despite the company’s huge success, which many attribute to the contract, some said the document was meaningless and the company didn’t really need it to be successful.  Some would even go as far to say that if we can’t change the contract to our liking, then it would be best for the company to go bankrupt and start all over again.

My friend, America’s contract is our Constitution.  It is not just some relic of the American Revolution; it is the foundation of our success.  It is the “spirit” of America.  For those that want to change it, there is a process for that.  Article V says that all that is needed to amend our “contract” is for Congress to pass a joint resolution by 2/3 majority and then for 3/4 of the states to ratify it.  The President isn’t even involved in the process.  This is the established procedure for change.  It shouldn’t occur behind closed doors by secret directives or circumvented by the reinterpretations of activist judges.

The liberal left in this country remind me of spoiled teenagers that don’t want to live by their parents’ rules anymore.  They are misguided “know-it-alls” that roll their eyes at the Constitution and believe the end justifies the means and are willing to disregard America’s founding principles to achieve their “moral” objective.

Conservatives see the Constitution as the lifeblood of our country. We know that without it, tyranny is inevitable.  Whether it be under a impassionate King, brutal dictator or 535 elitists – freedom will ultimately be lost forever.

 

 

About John Cox

I'm a 47 year old software engineer and father of four.
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