Is The Constitution The Final Word?
There are two schools of thought when it comes to the US Constitution. One party thinks it’s an evolving document and can be bent or swayed as needed for current times.
The other party feels that the Constitution is etched in stone and is unbending in any way. It is to be interpreted exactly as written — no exceptions.
Recent Supreme Court ruling have not made the two definitions any easier. Or, brought the two parties any closer to an understanding of what the Constitution really is or it’s intent.
Why Did The Founders Even Bother
During the long hot summer of 1787 the founders battled tooth and nail over the exact wording of the Constitution.
Not a general wording.
The Bill of Rights was not written as the Bill of Suggestions to be easily changed if we don’t agree with them.
Why did they bother? Wouldn’t it have been easier for the founders to just say the government does whatever it wants as long as it’s in the best interest of the public?
But they didn’t do that did they?
Instead they wrote a document that will fit comfortably in my back pocket and under it’s direction allowed a country to lead the entire world in every known personal freedom in just over 200 years.
The freedoms the constitution protects are unprecedented anywhere in the known world.
Many countries profess to have freedoms for their citizens but most are simply empty words and propaganda promises.
Anyone like to make an argument that North Korea has the same freedoms that US citizens do? According to their constitution they are free to do almost anything.
“Article 67. Citizens are guaranteed freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, demonstration and association. The State shall guarantee conditions for the free activity of democratic political parties and social organizations.
Article 68. Citizens have freedom of religious beliefs. This right is granted by approving the construction of religious buildings and the holding of religious ceremonies. Religion must not be used as a pretext for drawing in foreign forces or for harming the State and social order.
Article 69. Citizens are entitled to submit complaints and petitions. The State shall fairly investigate and deal with complaints and petitions as fixed by law.
Article 70. Citizens have the right to work. All able-bodied citizens choose occupations in accordance with their wishes and skills and are provided with stable jobs and working conditions. Citizens work according to their abilities and are paid in accordance with the quantity and quality of their work.”
Maybe those considering leaving America if their choice for president doesn’t happen might want to consider North Korea as an alternative to American oppression.
You’ll have the same Constitutional rights there that you have here. Any takers?
Some Final Thoughts
I wonder why we need a wall on our border? Is it because things are so bad elsewhere that coming here might result in a better life?
What if our Constitutional freedoms someday carry the same weight as North Korea's?
How will that work out for you?