Alex McLellan (2/28, Letters, “Obama’s speech to Congress”) could not find the words “energy,” “health care,” or “education” in the Constitution of the United States. He implies that our government is therefore not empowered to deal with any of these areas.
Our Constitution was written “in order to form a more perfect union” (our government) empowered to “establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity” — all words that are found in the preamble to our Constitution.
Every one of these constitutional aspirations would be extremely well served by health care that is both more affordable and more widely available, by higher quality education at all levels for all citizens, and by cleaner, safer and stable domestic energy sources, to name but a few of the cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity.
Perhaps actually reading the Constitution (as I will bet President Obama has) would serve our nation better than having a computer do a word search without context.
Kimbrough D. Warber
Kansas City, Kan.