Sunday, February 7, 2010

a civics Lesson for would-be Teabaggers

I recently posted the preamble to the U.S. Constitution as my Facebook status. I posted the preamble specifically to highlight the fact that the preamble contains the directive that a chief purpose of out Constitution is "to promote the general Welfare."

Here it is in all its glory:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

I think it interesting that the founding fathers put this clause all the way at the top of the Constitution so no one should be misled as to what the intent of the founding fathers was.

I also think it interesting that the Teabaggers who believe they have a monopoly on Patriotism, are so ignorant of our Constitution.

They also seem inordinately ignorant of the content of the Declaration of Independence, glomming on to two clauses of that lengthy document: (1) the pursuit of happiness; and (2) no taxation without representation.

Taxation without representation is one of a litany of 27 grievances addressed in the declaration. It's number 17 to be precise. Not even in the top half. You know what's #1 in the list? Regarding the King's abuse of power: "He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good." Gee, this kinda sounds like the Republics in Congress, doesn't it?

So, morons, please don't invoke the founding fathers while spewing your stupidity. You are clowns and the corporations are laughing at you for being so eager to undermine the foundations of our country (against your own interests, for the most part). You have been suckered by lies generated by a flick of the corporate propaganda machine.

Now, let's revisit the issue in light of the REAL principles on which the country was founded.