i’m just a bill

“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.”

— schoolhouse rock

“The best art is art you can chunk
through a window in a pinch.
— mo

Mo is smitten with pottery because of the concept of functional art. You make a painting, and it just stares at you. You make a mug, and it joins you for morning coffee. Mo loves her morning coffee.

So when she had a chance to participate in a project by local artist Patricia Sannit, she literally jumped out of her shoes.

The idea in the artist’s words: “We the People is inspired by the Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London — a lively place where members of the community regularly share their views to listeners gathered around.”

Ms. Sannit recruited artists to carve their take of “We The People” on bricks. I love it because there are so many different takes on one theme, individual expressions in a united cause, not unlike the founding fathers. Yes, I only enjoy saying “founding fathers” because of the alliteration.

Then they were compiled into a platform where you can stand and say whatever’s on your mind. “Our democracy is on shaky ground and I was compelled to build a platform for free speech that represents all of us,” Ms. Sannit said. Mo helped build the project by carving four of the bricks. We went to the museum today to see the finished project. It’s pretty great.

Mo already said everything on her mind last night during the dueling town halls, so she was mostly content to stand on it quietly and feel the power of so many people uniting for a just and noble cause, one that began so long ago and is struggling to survive. Her one political statement: “Anyone who supports transgender rights has my support.” Because the blessings of liberty shouldn’t apply only to one group.

As a journalist, I still cling to the lofty dream that the pen is mightier than the sword. But I figure toting a brick can’t hurt. Just in case.

Every four years, we get the chance to form a more perfect union.

Here’s hoping we get it right.

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