I find it interesting when what many perceive to bad or intrusive legislation that the proponents will declare that the Constitution is a “living document”.
Their intent is to say that aspects of it may become out of step with current times and so must be updated.
Maybe it is a living document-if so then the argument that “all men are created equal” should be the litmus test for any and all legislation-any amendments to the Bill of Rights- the concept should remain alive.
The Fourth Amendment which states:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
To say that any government agency can ransack the internet, arbitrarily collect email and phone data seems to be an extremely liberal interpretation of probable cause-or is it to say that any availing themselves of such things by default create probable cause?
The key words here are secure, probable cause, and not violated-but as we see due to revelations over the last week or so many in government and it’s agencies apparently feel these words are outmoded, something to secretly circumvent, and when discovered to say it’s really for the benefit of all who due to this very lack of transparency don’t know the issues.
Well, how about coming clean then- a little of that transparency so we will “understand”?
Kind of like chasing one’s tail isn’t it? Just run around in circles until everyone becomes tired and moves on to the next news dump, the latest forum sound bite.
Maybe push the Kardashian baby bump thing or fan and manipulate the flames of partisan support as distraction-always a reliable go to.
But the problem may be that people are beginning to understand, and they don’t like what they see.
A hallmark of government has never been transparency despite the rhetoric and campaign promises made-and I doubt it ever will be.
I find it utterly amazing, mind boggling, when I hear someone say they only vote a straight party ticket-as if to say all the bad apples are to be found in the other party.
Voting in such a manner can’t be said to be the result of “critical thinking”, nor even commonsense. No, it is an ignorance whose foundation escapes me and is characterized by a blind partisan devotion that predictably results in a national divisiveness that ultimately perpetuates everything that is wrong.
Everybody has an opinion, some valid and some vapid. Some choose to ignore the writing on the wall and will resort to all manner of arguments in an effort to adhere to or advance their opinion, which they believe to have some supremacy.
But in doing so they often forget that opinions are said to be like a..holes-everybody has one-and rather than wallowing in a egocentric love fest of infatuation with the look or sound of their own words the onus should be to find a common ground- for the issues to be confronted commonly affect one and all, and I have found those who seek always to mount the podium, to be irreversibly conjoined to their opinion, seem to be the ones who do the least.
Content with having done their “civic duty” in voting and attempting to enlighten those they deem intellectually inferior to themselves. Yes, they may allow that as they might not always be right-but they surely are never wrong.
Partisanship, the existence of “classes”, and a sense of superiority are anathema to common cause and well being-common cause is and has been what is sorely lacking among the citizenry and electorate of this country.
Until that changes little else will.
Entitlement isn’t a one way street, nor does it belong to a few-all are entitled to the basic fundamental rights, to healthcare, to education, decent housing and employment, to be secure in their person, and have voice that is heard on the same level as any other.
These are not “privileges” as some would attempt to say-when any people are governed and pay taxes they are nothing less than a right- value for their tax dollars that are often spent on frivolous pork barrel projects and foreign wars and adventurism that continue to drive the national debt upward and increase the bill every person is forced to pay and pass on to their progeny.
For every corporate loophole, every “stimulus” to entities committing crimes that you or I would be smacked down and making license plates for it all runs downhill, adding to the burden of those not insulated by wealth, power, and the ability by some to hire lobbyists to attend politicians eager to bend over or get on their knees for some campaign contribution, some assurance of support, a perk or two.
If the Constitution is a living document then the effort should be to keep it alive, as it is slowly being garroted, the life choked from it, as the spin doctors and internet shills take their marching orders from on high.