What does “of the people, by the people, for the people” mean?

The Gadsden Flag was named after American general and politician Christopher Gadsden (1724–1805), who designed it in 1775 during the American Revolution. It was used by the Continental Marines and is often used in the United States by conservatives as a symbol for limited government.


By Carolyn Yeager

IT SURE DOESN'T MEAN of, by and for Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco.

Who are 'the people' that this country exists for? Those who came to Washington DC on January 6 in the hundreds of thousands to express their support for their president Donald J. Trump are some of those people. But all we hear, read or see since Jan. 6 is that Donald Trump is a madman, a would-be dictator who must be driven from office immediately before he carries out any more mad adventures, and these hundreds of thousands of 'the people' are deluded domestic terrorists who must now be more strongly surveilled, rebuked and as many as possible put in prison.

I woke up very early this Monday morning and the words “of the people, by the people, for the people” came into my mind and wouldn't leave. I thought these words were from the United States Constitution, and felt so intensely the importance of this Constitution that has always been under attack, but never so much as now. No other people in the world has the kind of freedoms our Constitution gives to us. To lose such a treasure would be a tragedy beyond comprehension, yet we are very close to doing just that. Continue reading at Carolyn Yeager

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