I hear that we are declaring a new Civil War today. Bring napkins and potato salad! Man the barbecues, people! Don’t flip the steak until you see the stripes of the char!
BREAKING: Democrats Plan To Launch Civil War On July 4th https://t.co/38AWiUFaag
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) July 1, 2018
Last weekend, at the meeting of my book club at a local brewery (the drinking club that reads is probably more accurate) the subject of American Independence Day was brought up, as it so often is. Anyway, a more-or-less garden variety Millennial Libertarian from Texas professed his love of the Constitution to me, which of course set off my inner High School Civics Award Winner.
Dear Reader: I may have become pedantic. Shocking, I know.
You see, The Constitution, while brilliant, is little more than the User Manual for operating the government. It is hardly inspirational, it would be like loving the manual that came with your car, Hoyle Card Game Rules, or The Marquess of Queensberry Rules. It’s how shit get’s done. School House Rock stuff.
The garden variety Millennial Libertarian looked agape, and proceeded to say that he meant the Declaration of Independence. He was shocked when I told him that as aspirational as it is (and it is very aspirational!), the Declaration has no weight of law, and is essentially the original Festivus Airing of Grievances about the (then) King of England.
Then said Millennial got to The Bill of Rights, and we found common ground there. We agreed that the Bill set limits on what the Government can do. We talked more generally about the Amendments and I noted that Prohibition set limits on what a person could do, and amongst many societal and economic reasons, that was why it failed. I suggested to him that amending the Constitution to ban abortion would similarly fail, as would taking away the rights for the ‘mos to marry as so many Theocrats have demanded.
I think he agreed.
What we need to do is to Amend the Constitution to explicitly safeguard Choice and to let people who love each other marry, and yeah, ratify the long-stalled Equal Rights Amendment, too. Always be expanding our rights, it’s the American Way.
So as we enter another Independence Day celebration, with another Tyrant running roughshod over us (and uncannily many of our complaints about Prznint Trump are the same complaints The Founders had with King George III, check the Declaration), have faith in our foundational documents. The Constitution continues to operate (though the operators appear to be compromised and certainly negligent) and The Bill of Rights has not been repealed. We will make it through our current struggles and maybe come out stronger (and yeah, battered and bruised). We have so much working for us, it would be a shame to give up without a fight.