MW loves America and is troubled by things he sees nationally and experiences locally. We usually talk by phone, but recent events so challenged him that he put his thoughts in an email. I thought what he had to say was challenging, whether or not one agrees with all his observations. The following is my friendâ€™s rant:
So, what does all this actually have to do with the Constitution itself? Well, for one thing, those who have actually read it are aware of the provisions that govern, or should I say determines how the United StatesÂ should beÂ governed by those people privileged to serve as â€śpublic servantsâ€ť â€“ provisions absolutely essential and vital toÂ â€śsecure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterityâ€ťÂ here in United States.
The Constitution was designed to be a work in progress. The authors recognized the propensity for failure in human beings, and aware of their own limitations, made provisions that future generations should be able to amend the original document in their pursuit of the high ideals articulated therein. It is abundantly clear, from even a cursory examination of this document, that the authors intended the same rights would, without favoritism or prejudice, apply equally to all future generations.
â€śThere is relatively little crime in this area since everyone â€“ and I mean everyone â€“ is armed and, therefore, polite. The existing crime tends to be drug-related. (Sadly, rural areas are not immune to the poison of drugs.) But on the whole, Americaâ€™s heartland is a place of deep faith, active church attendance and fine people. Many children leave the area when they grow up and migrate into cities for jobs, but they bring with them a heritage of hard work, thrift and conservative values.
Help! As someone who has personally experienced discrimination in many forms, I am all in favor of banning any type or form of unfair discrimination based on race, religion or national origin; however, I firmly believe that all laws should be applied equally to everyone. I confess, perhaps I need someone with a higher degree of intelligence to help me process some information I have come across recently. This is short and to the point.
I reiterate something I said recently as a comment on the Naval Yard shooting: The real tragedy is not the actual existence of virulent racism in America today, but the constant drumbeat of racism by the media, which causes many, who lack the knowledge and experience ofÂ actualÂ racism, to believe that it still exists in America today. Unfortunately, this perception of racism is based on a false narrative.
Chemical weapons against civilians an outrage? We are dealing with a people, among whom are many â€śdevoutâ€ť Muslims who will kill their own wives and daughters for spurious reasons. A Muslim man living in Texas shot and killed his two daughters for the crime (?) of having dated non-Muslim boys. Another Muslim father killed his daughter in Phoenix for being â€śAmericanized.â€ť
As I watched, I was struck by the fact that no Republican president, senator or congressman had yet appeared, and it was almost time for the president to speak. I also noted the lack of a single conservative on the speaking roster â€“ significant in view of the fact that both Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. were Republicans.
In America, for example, if you saw a husband, wife and three children (not in exercise suits) walking down a back road or along a major highway, the immediate thought of 90 percent of Americans would be, â€śI wonder what happened to their car?â€ťÂ Americans do not walk from city to city or from suburbs to town. The truth is, AmericanÂ childrenÂ own more cars, motorcycles and motor scooters than the majority of adults in Third World countries.
As the once mighty America tucks its tail between its legs and scurries like a terrified puppy out of tiny Yemen and 20 other embassies and/or consulates (which, for all intents and purposes, are American soil) in 17 countries because of a â€śthreatâ€ť from one terrorist group leader, I am reminded of a column I posted a short while ago vis-a-vis another terrorist incident.