Thursday, July 2, 2015

Let's Be Clear...


Scene at the Signing of the Constitution ~1940 by Howard Chandler Christy

Just a thought; read this, but hold your thoughts till tomorrow.  There's another post coming in honor of Independence Day.

     I wish that the two major political parties in this nation had other differences, other than that one is PRO HUMAN RIGHTS, and one is clearly ANTI HUMAN RIGHTS.  Yes, there are other issues, other than these, but till everyone is equal in everyone's eyes, there's no way I can even consider the other party.  I don't always agree with everything my party does; but at least I know they consider me equal to the next.  Whereas it seems to me, the other side is still making up their mind about that notion.  I know, not everyone on the other side is there because of the social agenda, but frankly I find the notion of "small government" a foolish ideal in a country that is now 320+ million.  For those of you who are crying about the 35% tax rate, buy an island and learn to relax.



     I  have loved ones who've had abortions.  THAT'S WHY I KNOW THEY NEED TO BE SAFE, LEGAL, AND ABOVE ALL PRIVATE.  For those of you that can't wrap your head around it, and see all as lives that need to be brought forth regardless of: health of fetus; health/age of mother; or condition of mother's environment; <sigh>  I can't help but wonder if you've ever been close to a woman who's had to make such a decision.   A little while back, I read a statement by Foster Friess, a Rick Santorum sugar daddy, "You know, back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception.  The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn't that costly." I commented, that if you shoved that aspirin up a boy's penis it could serve as contraception as well.  That type of glib, smirky, obliviousness, makes me mad as hell.  Not only does it not deal in reality, it regards women's lives as afterthoughts.  I think for everyone who says such an idiotic thing as an argument to limit women's healthcare, should be required to support one woman who is affected by their glibness.  Example:  Todd Akin should be required to support a woman, whose body did not shut down a pregnancy after being raped.  He should provide full financial, emotional, and psychological support for the woman until the woman decrees otherwise.  Since it was Mr. Akin's decision for that life to come forth, he can support it, displaying for all to admire his shining example of "family values".

     I have loved ones who are gay.  THAT'S WHY I WANT THEM TO HAVE EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT I HAVE TO MARRY THE PERSON THAT THEY LOVE.  Wrote most of this prior to Friday's historical SCOTUS's decision.  WooHoo!  I congratulate everyone in the LGBT community.  May you find the same happiness as I've found in mine.  When people are happy, good things happen.  They put their best forward.  Why would we not want that for and from, every single person?

     I have two daughters that I love more than anything in the world.  THAT'S WHY I WANT TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND ARE EQUALLY RECOGNIZED AND APPRECIATED, BEIT THROUGH PRAISE AS WELL AS FINANCIAL AS ANY MALE IS.

     I am, saved, forgiven and loved.  THERE IS NOT ANYTHING THAT ANY POLITICAL CANDIDATE CAN DO ABOUT IT; ERGO MY SPIRITUAL PATH IS NONE OF THEIR DAMN BUSINESS.  Not that I care, but can someone please let the GOP know that they do not have a monopoly on Christianity any more than they have a monopoly on stupidity.  Yes, I know there are some of you dear readers that will smirk over that, and say they're one in the same.  They're not.  I am proof.  If you think that my view of myself as a Christian is an example of my stupidity, that is your right.  Your opinion of me is none of my concern.



Just as I don't look like this anymore:
This country does not look like this anymore:

This is what the United States of America looked like in 1790, the time of the final ratification of the Constitution of America.

     So, is it perhaps time for a new and inclusive mission statement?  Written with all of America's people in mind and in its words?  I admit, I have little knowledge of Constitutional history or law.  Please understand this is just an airing of my thoughts; and not an attempt at starting anything other than a conversation.

     Many of the amendments of the Constitution are seen now as debatable suggestions.  Afterthoughts.  There are many people that feel that we don't honor the Constitution.  Since a great many of America's people were severely unrepresented by it, might be a reason.  Maybe the trouble began with "all men are created equal", since 52% of us are not men.  Yes, I know that's in the Declaration of Independence.  When Jefferson penned the Declaration, which came less than 20 years prior to the Constitution, he owned hundreds of slaves.  Think we've come a long way (at least I hope) from viewing "Indian 3/5 a person".  Consider the Founding Fathers; time to consider the Founding Mothers as well.  Seems we may need a hell of a lot more than the 19th Amendment.  Keep in my mind while the men were doing what they were doing and taking note so it would always be remembered; the women were making some marks as well.  Nobody (or very few) wrote it down; still women were there, every hour of every day for every year.  And they weren't just waving flags and cheering the men on.

     I salute the men and women that set this country up and put it on its path.  However, all of them would be shocked at what the day to day consists of for most Americans in 2015.  Not to mention, that just like us, they made mistakes; were human; and could not foretell the future.  They were, intelligent, many of them wealthy, respected men of what was then, the nation.  Not only do we not look like Mr. Christy's painting, we have changed, in so many other ways, since then.  Think of how much we've changed in the last twenty years; not to mention 225 years.  Does the law of the land, represent all of the nation accordingly, with reference to all of those changes?

     "Upholding the Constitution" to me, is a little like reading a map of Delaware (the first State) to find your way through Puerto Rico, (which is a part of the US, and along with Guam and American Samoa, who have over 4 million Americans who cannot vote).  It's irrelevant.

        From 1781-1789, the United States, all 12 of them, were governed by the Articles of Confederation.  Many at the time felt the Articles were inadequate and left the federal government weak.  Does it not stand to reason that after 225 years, the addition of states, and a great many more Americans, (more than 320 million) that at least a conversation about a new edited, Constitution may be in order?  I know that it was initially designed to make necessary changes from time to time.  Just feel we need to consider editing some of what's already there.

     It would not be easy.  It was not easy during the Constitutional Convention.  Feel free to let me know how foolish this idea is.


Have a nice day, just the same.


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