Saturday, May 13, 2006

Question to our Founding Fathers: How are we doing?

Preamble to the Consitution of the United States of America:

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.


Establish Justice?

When politicians seem to be above the law... Dick Cheney not tested for alcohol after nearly killing someone, Patrick Kennedy given a "slap on the wrist" for driving while drunk. Face it folks, there are two justice systems in the US, one for those who can afford it, and one for those who can't.

Grade: D

Domestic Tranquility?

Fear and Hate, Fear and Hate, Fear and Hate. Demonstrations. Debates about people rather than issues and views. Families that are divided over politics. The list goes on and on. This is no longer a tranquil nation.

Grade: D

Provide for the common defense?

The defense of the wealthy and the corporations. The defense of contractor profits. Invasions of sovereign nations that are not threat to us. "Fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here" was bullshit during Vietnam, and it's still bullshit. Terrorists are the new Communists and "fighting them there" isn't making us more secure, it's making us less secure.

Grade: C-

Promote the General Welfare?

Growing distribution of income and distance between the wealthy and the poor. More consolidation of wealth in fewer hands. People forced into bankruptcy over medical bills because of lack of insurance. Less ability to declare bankruptcy because of our current congressional leaders.

Grade: F

Ensure the Blessings of Liberty?

Illegal Wire Taps. Detention with no charges and no access to legal representation. Free speech zones at political events. Vetted audiences. We are losing liberties daily.

Grade: D

Our posterity?

Record deficits and national debts passed on to our "posterity". Lower funding for education. Free access to schools by military recruiters but not to those opposed.

Grade: F


So - as far as the preamble goes, I think we are barely passing. Sorry Founding Fathers, What you fought and sacrificed for no longer exists. Hopefully, we can get it back.

This does not even go into the framers' desires for balance of power and the amendments. Sad what we have become.

1 Comments:

Blogger Blog Core said...

Cheerio ole chap!

11:50 PM  

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