Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Blessings of Liberty for Our Posterity

The US Constitution begins:
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.
Who is the Posterity? Does it include immigrants? Vox Day says no.
The question is this: how do we determine which of the three definitions of posterity should correctly apply to the term “posterity” as it is used in “ourselves and our posterity”? The answer, as I previously suggested, is straightforward. To understand how the term was meant to be understood in the Preamble, we must look at how the same people using it were using it in their other writings. Fortunately, there are more than a few mentions of “posterity” in both the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers which are discussing the very constitution in question. There are seven instances in the Federalist Papers.
Here is Webster's 1828 definition:
1. Descendants; children, children's children, etc. indefinitely; the race that proceeds from a progenitor. The whole human race are the posterity of Adam.

2. In a general sense, succeeding generations; opposed to ancestors.

Immigrants might qualify under definition 2, but not 1. Vox Day makes a good argument that definition 1 is correct.

You might think that only White supremacists would argue that America was founded to benefit Whites. Actually a lot of others argue it also, such as the NY Times in The 1619 Project.

1 comment:

CFT said...

It is pretty clear that in this context and the time it was written it was meant as 'those who follow from us'. I despise the degradation of language the left likes to foster where words become structureless taffy to be stretched to the point they can be endless reinterpreted into nothing.
Sloppy vocabulary leads to sloppy thinking, and utter gullibility. 1984 by George Orwell is a great illustration of this.

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
― George Orwell, 1984

“Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it."
-George Orwell 1984