I’ve begun to carry the U.S. Constitution with me when I am out and about.
Above you see my copy of the Constitution being held and read by my friend Hamburger Wearing An Astros’ Hat.
I am walking around with a copy of the Constitution in case I am accosted by an advocate of so-called “states rights” or I am confronted out of the blue by someone asserting that Health Care Reform is unconstitutional.
There are so many crazy people out there right now that Hamburger and I feel we need to be on the ready at all times.
For the states right crowd all I have to tell them is what part of ” In order to form a more perfect union” do you not understand?
The Constitution was written in large measure in response to the failures of the Articles of Confederation and the corruption of state legislatures.
As for Health Care Reform, The Commerce Clause of our Constitution allows extensive federal regulation of a variety of economic activities.
A Republican is someone who wants to go back to when an insurance company could kick you off your policy because you got sick. This is practice is now banned by HCR.
My copy of the Constitution is The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution by Richard Beeman.
The book can fit in your back pocket or your purse and has both original texts and expert interpretation of our founding documents.
We can’t allow far-right extremists to misrepresent our past so they can steal our future. Learn the Constitution for yourself. Don’t get your notion from the ideological descendants of the same people who opposed Civil rights and who opposed the New Deal.
What is America? How should America be defined?
America is the idea and the fact of a strong federal government over the lesser powers of the states as written in our United States Constitution. The Constitution was in many ways a response to failure of the Articles of Confederation and the incompetence and corruption of state legislatures.
America is Emancipation and the victory of freedom over states rights treason in our Civil War.
America is the expanded economic freedoms and opportunity of the New Deal.
These are the things that define America.
It is a story of progress, of ever-expanding freedom, and of an always widening definition of what it means to be an American.
If America ever becomes something else than the progress we see detailed above, then it will no longer be America.
Colonials Get Machine Gun—Think Of The Extra Killing We Could’ve Had Over The Years If Machine Guns Existed During American Revolution
Here’s a picture I found this evening.
Here we see this Revolutionary Era soldier bringing his colleagues a big machine gun.
I imagine that is Paul Revere holding the lantern.
Folks do have the right to own a gun. These are the facts.
I don’t assume that gun ownership makes somebody a bad person. I simply feel that gun ownership and the huge number of guns in America makes society a far more dangerous and brutal place than it would otherwise be.
Do the folks who made this machine gun picture share the Federalist outlook of George Washington that called for a strong central government to combat the failure of state legislatures to effectively govern during the time of the Articles of Confederation?
I wager they do not agree with this outlook.
Instead, these folks seem to enjoy the right to own a gun without accepting the responsibility of paying the taxes needed to have a decent society, or offering any vision for the future other than a loud resounding “NO” to anything that might make people’s lives a little less difficult in these hard times.
Don’t you just wish that people had invented machine guns like the one in the picture back in the 1770′s? Think of all the additional killing that could have gone on over the years, and just how powerful our guns would be today if this was the type of gun used at Lexington & Concord.
And folks, no matter the lies the NRA is telling you so they can rack up more memberships and money, nobody is coming to take your gun.