Opinion/Editorial

THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure Domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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.

There it is, the preamble to a highly touted, much imitated and very inadequately expressed document that forms the foundational basis for life, society, and culture within the borders of what so many call America, the land of the free.

Who were those guys, anyway? The ones who started the writing that would become the document? None were women. All were property owners. All were aging. Most were slave owners. None believed in anyone voting who did not own property, were male and were not women. Why is it important to consider who these men were and why they formed the document in their own image? The image of the Constitution that would change over time, due to case law interpretations sustained by the Supreme Court, as well as the 27 amendments (the last one added in 1992). Why is it important to know those aging white property-owning men, commonly referred to these days as the ‘framers,’ when so much time has passed? Because this document and how it was organized and written, and by whom, is being used by a body or core of followers supporting the most-right wing of causes which includes white supremacy.

This large slice of the American population wants to go back to the ‘core values’ and the “foundational decisions” made in the first days of the Constitution’s enactment. They want to go back to denial of voting to women while saying that’s not the case. They want to go back to the enslavement of blacks while saying that’s not the case. They want to go back to property ownership for men as a voting prerequisite, without saying that’s the case.

If there is any doubt about this inside you, after considering everything that’s been transpiring under the current presidency, then consider the police killing aggressions on so many citizens and how these same officers evade almost any accountability or responsibility for such acts of violence against the citizenry itself. Where is most of that violence directed? Against African Americans. What about women? Denial of a woman’s rights forces women to accept the development of a fetus to final term while condemning her to poverty and misery because of it while doing so. And then just check out all the voter registration rules that have cropped up to deny voting to anyone without a utility bill or a public rental lease, not to mention getting a many-time, difficult to acquire U.S. identity card, like these new driver’s licenses…which are nothing more or less than German “papers,” or identification cards.

All of these acts, using harmless-seeming expressions like the flotilla of yard signs out there that read “back the badge,” harken back to what is being referred to all over the place as obedience to the original “principals” of the U.S. Constitution. And the move is a brilliant advertising scheme. Who can say they won’t back the badge or the Constitution? But that’s not what the movement is about. Opponents of following the specifics of the first writing of the document are considered, and called, socialists, by people who have no clue what the word really means. They are called “libtards” and other denigrating words. The nation is being split apart by a belief system that is as deceptive as it is evil, and it is supported by most of what is called the republican party. To be a conservative was once an honorable thing, but no more, not under this new “constitutional” guise.

There is evil in the universe. There is willful stupidity and a celebration of ignorance going on, and today’s new Supreme Court is going to set examples of just how to enact and approve of more laws that exemplify this kind of evil. At its heart is a self-centered, mean-spirited righteousness that religions can barely begin to identify and describe. Jesus Christ threw the money-lenders out of the church and into the street, just as God determines in scripture that: “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

The New Testament was a gift from God and it keeps on giving to those that will pay attention. The framers of the U.S. Constitution were not writing a document to compete with the Bible, however, they were writing it so that life in the future would be better than what they had when they wrote it. That is the remarkable thing about the U.S. Constitution, but it can be ruined by these phony White Supremacist predators seeking to interpret things to gain followers who will drive the country ever backward and right into their racist and vicious “loving” hands.

Believe in and support the U.S. Constitution, not as it was written, but as it has been interpreted and changed over the years to build a country attempting to get ever better for those who will certainly come after us.

~ James Strauss

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