Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty?
Yesterday’s article, despite being a somewhat fragmented piece of work, was an attempt to write about a single thought, and begin a dissertation on that thought. The thought being a simple one I think, makes it easy to write about. That thought is this; Blind, unthinking love of America, and blind love for the forefathers and their thoughts, is silly. They argued amongst themselves, about everything, there was not a thought that they had, be it about militias and arms, slavery, Presidential terms of office, linking taxation and representation, that was not argued and fought over.
Blind reverence for the founding documents, and for the concepts behind them, seems to be the order of the day, and has been for as long as I can remember. It might be what everyone thinks and does, but it doesn’t show patriotism, doesn’t make you superior to anyone in any way. It shows blind acceptance of someone else’s thought processes, and regardless of who you think of in those terms, that is an idea that should always be held in contempt.
Now, the Bill of Rights and Constitution are well thought out and beautifully crafted documents, created with the best of intentions, and well crafted at that. All the other governments of the world would be proud to call those documents as the basis of their government, if they care at all for freedom. Our forefathers did care deeply for freedom. But they were merely men, flesh and blood, imperfect, mortal. Mistakes were made.
Or why do you think there was a need for the Bill of Rights in the first place? Or an additional 17 amendments beyond those? Why do ” We The People” talk of adding amendments to it, even now? Because it is perfect? Clearly not. There were things that the founders failed to think of, things they did not do themselves (abolition of slavery comes to mind), the failings of those who came after that they could not foresee (the 24th amendment comes to mind). It is a testament to the intellect and strength and love of freedom of those who came after our forefathers that we have much that we have in this nation.
You may reading this and thinking “What the fuck? does this guy hate America, the way he’s talking here?” No I don’t hate America. As a matter of fact I think this shows that I love America. Love it like an adult, love it enough to look at every last part of it, and decide that there are parts I don’t care for, which takes a level of discernment above simple “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free” I try to know more than that. Children love blindly, adults never should, and I that is about as simply as I could make the point I want to make here. Plus, if I didn’t love freedom, which is what America is all about, would I write about us like this, so passionately?
Don’t just love America, search it’s heart, and your own, find out why you love it. It’ll make the love all the stronger.
The constitution ought to secure a genuine militia and guard against a select militia… all regulations tending to render this general militia useless and defenseless, by establishing select corps of militia, or distinct bodies of military men, not having permanent interests and attachments to the community ought to be avoided.
Richard Henry Lee
Viddy of the day: Dennis Kucinich on the floor of the House, speaking of the abuse of power, from last year:
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And if you couldn’t tell, I love consource.org, it is a great site, an absolute gem of insight into the thoughts and feelings of the founders, and brings on some amazing insights into what happened back then.
Go to sleep America.