Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Happy Constitution Day!!!!
Here's the complete version.
No, it ain't perfect, being often (justly) derided as the vehicle by which a latent aristocracy tried to hold onto its privileges while muting the cries of the people for liberty.
But it's as good as we're gonna get.
There's no point in trying to write a new one, or rewriting this one, even. I would NEVER entrust the construction of such a document to the "tender mercies" or presumptive "good offices" of the vast public relations/propaganda machineries of the CorpoRat State--which is, of course, where the event would occur.
Frequent polls reveal the people wouldn't ratify the 1st, 5th, or 14th amendments at all, if given the chance today...But NONE of the protections provided to individuals against the intrusion of the State into their private lives could possibly survive that assault from CorpoRat Murka, or either of the two parties.
The 1st Amendment is already moribund, smothered and barely breathing inside a cocoon of so-called Faith-based initiatives. The 4th is effectively deceased with the murder and burial in 2007 of the principle of habeas corpus; the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 14th are in IC, on life-support. None of those would survive a CorpoRat rewrite.
And, if somebody'd stop the fascists from destroying it, piecemeal, that would not be necessary (I have little hope for this actually happening).
So, bend an elbow, tip a flask, spill a libation to the spirit of Enlightenment Liberality embodied in this document.
Think of it as a wake... .