Respecting our Constitution

Today is Constitution day, September 17, 2016.

On this day in 1787 brave people met in Philadelphia to sign the document and further subject themselves to punishment if the British won the war for independence.  [edit:  we had already won the war at this point.  I was unfortunately thinking about something else when this was written.]

Our Constitution has parts of it that need to be changed.  The signing was over 220 years ago.  The world has changed and we cope daily with circumstances that could not be foreseen in 1787.

Article V of the Constitution lays out the two methods that can be used to amend it.

Unfortunately many of our officials find it more convenient to ignore it than to expend the effort to change it.

Our Constitution changed the world.  It deserves more respect.

We deserve better

Brutus

14 Responses to Respecting our Constitution

  1. In Awe of the Constituion says:

    For those of you who are bemoaning the lack of rights for blacks, Indians and women in America in 1767, please put things in historical context. Debtors prison and beatings were commonplace, (including for whites), nearly every country had some form of slavery (including blacks and Indians) and women had not been grated rights in any western country. Brutality was common place. It is easy to look back on the injustices of the time and make a judgement. No doubt 200 years from now, this generation will be also be judged. Who knows? Maybe mosquitoes will have rights in 2200. We’re already on our way to granting rights to dogs and cats.

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  2. abandon hope says:

    Fly the flag today in honor of the document that secured our freedom. Check out the free online course on the Constitution at https://online.hillsdale.edu/course/con101/schedule

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  3. Deputy Dawg says:

    I suppose if you were British at the time (and for about a decade proceeding that signing), you would have looked at those men as extremists and the folks that dumped the tea over the ship as terrorists. Perspectives of others is something we also seem to have lost over the years as well.

    Let us also not forget that the document was written, at the time, for white, privileged, land owners. Anyone not meeting that description was not included in the writing or the signing or the benefits of the document.

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    • Tim Collins says:

      “Let us also not forget that the document was written, at the time, for white, privileged, land owners.”

      clap trap. Read original sources pleas

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      • Deputy Dawg says:

        All men are created equal. Unless you were black, or Indian or a woman. We are still dealing with those issues in our country EXACTLY BECAUSE that document did not treat everyone equally. Original source? Had to be amended to end slavery and give the women the right to vote.

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      • Deputy Dawg says:

        Charles Beard in AN ECONOMIC INTERPRETATION OF THE CONSTITUTION, (MacMillan 1936) wrote: ” Inasmuch as the primary object of a government, beyond the mere repression of physical violence, is the making of the rules which determine the property relations of members of society, the dominant classes whose rights are thus to be determined must perforce obtain from the government such rules as are consonant with the larger interests necessary to the continuance of their economic processes, or they must themselves control the organs of the government.” In laymen terms, the Constitution was written by rich men in order to assure that they remained rich men. Not too much different than what goes on today, just without the wigs.

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    • abandon hope says:

      Deputy — Refresh your history. The Boston Tea Party, which lead up to the Revolution, occurred 14 years before the writing of the Constitution. The guys who dumped the tea were protesting the fact that American paid high tariffs and taxes, yet had no representation in British parliament. That’s not extremism. Taxation without representation was a common complaint in the colonies.

      You are wrong in thinking that the Constitution was written for only a few. It is considered by legal experts one of the greatest documents in history. It sounds like your complaint is with how constitutional rights for all have been applied by the judicial system.

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      • Deputy Dawg says:

        Boston tea party participants would have been labelled terrorists by the British. As I said, perspective. And yes, I am also aware of the timeline, That is why I originally said “..and about a decade prior..”

        I am not arguing that the document is a bad document. What I am arguing is that it was written, at the time, for wealthy land owners and was NOT written for every person in the new United States. If the same folks that used the phrase “All Men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence really believed that saying, then they would not have owned slaves, which most of them, and the writers of the Declaration did at the time.

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        • ManintheMoon says:

          Deputy Dawg
          It has been rightfully argued that the abolishment of slavery in America would not have taken place had it not been for the Constitution. Yes our founding father where self interest, self absorbed, self righteous individuals, many wanting personal power. That is what is so amazing about our Constitution that with all these human failings our founding fathers were able to write a document that rises above their human failings, condition and brought into being a vision of freedom and governance for the masses that has no equal in the history of mankind.
          Also Slavery was no something new to America and just a white man’s practice. Slavery was a common practice amount native Americans before whites every set foot on the continent and after. Also was a common practice among Black cultures of Africa before a single slave ship sailed into America and still practiced there today.
          Yep as Jefferson said our Constitution is a living document and remains a shining beacon of hope for others around the world. Nope not perfect but still the best out there.

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          • Deputy Dawg says:

            Again, I am not arguing it’s importance or it’s impact. I do think that it might be hyperbole to say it is the greatest document EVER written. Maybe in the top 5, maybe in the top 2…but the Magna Carta ranks above it I would say.
            No Magna Carta, no US Constitution….

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  4. Tim Collins says:

    By 1787 there was no threat of “further subject themselves to punishment if the British won the war for independence.” as The Treaty of Paris of 1783, negotiated between the United States and Great Britain, ended the revolutionary war and recognized American independence.

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