Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Go Constitution!

I have now read our Constitution. The think I find most interesting is that our forefathers were so forward thinking. I can’t imagine trying to figure out the rules for a government that would hopefully last into infinity. And of course they were smart enough to give themselves the option of changing things, but not too easily. Now there are certainly things that got left out at first- slavery and voting right coming particularly to mind. I am not saying these guys were the geniuses of the universe, but they were smarter than I may ever be.

It was shorter than I expected. I can’t remember if I was ever directed to read the whole Constitution before in school or something.

There were a few things I didn’t completely understand, but the version I was reading had handy dandy notes and explanations. Here’s the link:

I didn’t know or remember that when this all got started, the vice-president was the guy who got the second highest number of votes in the presidential election. Imagine if that were the case today, it would have been an Obama/McCain presidency. Eeek! Clearly they saw the error in this system and amended the Constitution.

Prohibition kind of stuck out like a sore thumb to me. It seemed oddly over personal in a list of laws related to very general human rights (so I guess that is why they got rid of it). It kind of enhances my belief that all this hubbub over a marriage amendment is equally ill suited for the Constitution. Here is my political statement. In the eyes of the government, I think all “marriages” should be considered civil unions and what you want to call marriage gets decided in your bed. I think sometimes when we get all uppity about wanting to make laws, we forget that “we the majority” may not always be that. And what are we gonna do if the tables turn?

I recommend reading the Constitution. I feel like I have at least read my basic rights now. I am a little less citizenship challenged.

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