I just finished being part of a radio show that was created and hosted by my friend, and fellow Coffee Party Member Egberto Willies. He does very good work and he is so concerned about our society. I am happy he is out there fighting. During the show, as I usually do, I included the Constitution as part of my question to a fellow guest on the show, Carl Gibson. Carl Gibson appears to be another person fighting the good fight. In answering my question though, he and Egberto both left me very frustrated, and it once again made me think of what I am writing about here. My question to Carl essentially asked him how he viewed the Democratic Party in relation to the Constitution. He asked for clarification and I briefly mentioned my own personal history. I explained that it was my hatred for the things I had witnessed taking place under the Reagan administration that made me decide to become an activist. I also explained how the left is not supportive of any war. They are supporters of free speech, in addition to that they are always the first to stand with people who have been wronged by the police. I also mentioned how I could not support someone like Elizabeth Warren due to her unconstitutional voting record, (among a few other hypocrisies she has committed). The way Carl answered the question initially frustrated me. He stated that the Constitution was written by 55 white men who were land owners. I interrupted. I state that regardless of his analysis it is the Rule of Law for our country. Egberto then made a statement about the Supreme Court’s interpretative actions.
Thus my frustrations.
Since the discussion did not go any further I can only make an assumption that what Carl was speaking of is that the Constitution does not matter or it is fundamentally flawed. I do not need to make any assumptions about what Egberto meant by his comments. We interact enough for me to know exactly what he meant. I am very frustrated. How can people dismiss our Rule of Law so easily? Why do so many people think that because the Constitution can have Amendments added and taken off that this somehow makes the “Rule of Law” abstract? How does a conversation about a Constitutional Government somehow put me in bed with Republicans or elitists? Yes, I am very frustrated.
First, allow me to put something to rest right now. Republican elected officials are in no way supporters of the Constitution. Their voting record, the laws they write and/or support, their support of voting suppression laws and ballot access restrictions, and their disregard for equality are just a few glaring examples of the ways they violate the Constitution on a daily basis. The problem I have is that DEMOCRATIC ELECTED OFFICIALS DO IT AS WELL. With so many Elected Officials violating the Constitution so callously and with a populace that just does not make them pay for those actions we wind up with well, what we now are dealing with in our society. A corrupt government so tied to money and power that all they care about is to be re-elected rather than work for the people.
I say we kick the tires and take the Constitution out for a spin. I say we repeal unconstitutional laws like the Patriot Act, The Indefinite Detention Provision of the N.D.A.A. and the War Powers Act. I say we stop allowing the Dems and the GOP to use our tax dollars to run their primaries. How many of you truly know or realize that the Democratic and Republican Parties are PRIVATE CORPORATIONS????? The very first Amendment to the Constitution starts out with the words “Congress shall make no law…..” This is not some ambiguous statement or law. Shall not!! Has Congress made laws…? Yes, it has. Have we let them? Yes, we have. Would we be better served if these laws were not there? Yes, we would. When we look at how our elected officials continue to create laws and policies that clearly do not follow our Rule of Law what it exhibits, at least for me, is that by straying away from our Rule of Law it is hurting us. What difference does the makeup of the men who wrote the Constitution truly make, if the document itself establishes a better foundation on which we are able to live in this country?Would you rather not have your rights protected? Would you rather your child not have access to bail if arrested for possession of marijuana? Would you rather be arrested for peaceful assembly? Would you rather be told that you have to follow one specfic religion and nothing else? Would you rather we continue to allow our Supreme Court to tell us that corporations are people? I don’t know about you, but I cannot find a single mention anywhere in the Constitution stating that corporations are human beings. I just looked again to make sure. I assure you, it’s not there.
I ask you to consider demanding that our elected officials follow the Constitution. I ask you to familiarize yourself with it again. I ask that when you hear a politician speak about the Constitution, you make sure they are right about what they are saying. I ask you to hold our elected officials accountable.