We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What was most remarkable about this was the almost hysterical opposition from congressional Democrats and left-wing commentators. In what should have been a united celebration of the nation's foundation document in a period of partisan rancor, liberals instead reinforced the view that they are profoundly uncomfortable with the essential truths underlying American freedom.
I hate to say it, but it appears to be so. If it is so, I say it's a big deal. The Constitution is our secular Bible, and designed to protect us citizens from State power. It was - and remains - radical and revolutionary.
Statists and elitists hate it, and prefer to forget why it was written. They think they know how I should arrange my life and feel somehow anointed to do it for me. I resent their attitude immensely.
Yeah, they pretty much showed everyone who wasn't paying attention before just what they are about - and it ain't the Constitution. That is the biggest impediment to them. They don't like laws that pertain to them ("Congress shall make no law..." - more beautiful words were never spoken or written).
The other point to make is that every congress critter takes an oath to protect and defend it. It's alright if they don't agree with some of it but if they want to change it, they should go through the amendment process. These people are just plain power hungry.
"and designed to protect us citizens from State power. "
which is exactly why they hate it.
" prefer to forget why it was written."
No need for them to forget, they never knew. In their view a rabble of religious fundamentalist righwing redneck racists founded the USA, then wrote the constitution to include statements about there being a strict prohibition on religion and racism.
They actually opted to only read the Constitution-as-amended, meaning among other things they left out the three-fifths compromise that declared slaves to be the equivalent of three-fifths of a full vote. They also left out the 18th Amendment declaring Prohibition.
Yes. The Congress essentially white-washed the Constitution, as if somehow they felt that the nation is incapable of understanding the darker parts of its own history.
This bit of theater is about as revealing as the Alabama congressmen who defended the idea of displaying the Ten Commandments on public property but couldn't recite them. It's just theater. They ignore the spirit and cling to the letter, with these documents as their Bible. But anyone citing The Moonie Times as authoritative has lost the plot anyway.
The first piece i read here was quite sane but the couple I read since make it clear why you have no need of "nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots." You're already well-provisioned.