Posted by PintofStout on January 10, 2006
Do you smell it? It smells like rotten fish. Yes, it is your Constitution, the foundation of your government. It has been relegated to fishwrap. Every law passed by the Congresscrooks flies in the face of the spirit of the Constitution – if not the letter. Rather than picking out particular instances or recent instances I’ll just say that as a general rule, if you can’t find in the fishwrap where it says explicitly that a law such as you’re examining can be passed, then it is probably against your interests, safety, savings, and security – and unconstitutional besides. The fishy smell (fresh fish shouldn’t smell) is from the 200+ year old fish wrapped up in it. Ignoring the basis of your laws and structure of your government isn’t new.
As far as a basis of government goes, the Constitution was pretty revolutionary. It gave the illusion of power to the people to choose which crook would rob them, and it gave the people the power and faint hope of becoming crooks themselves. (That sounded pretty jaded and cynical and almost hackneyed; for that I apologize. I am a bit of a cynic anymore, though). Philosophically, the fact that it aimed for relatively inconsequential government and mostly self-government in the smaller realm of the states was all new; a product of the Enlightenment and the theories of rights as humans rather than granted privileges of subjects. The ideas behind the founding documents of the United States of America are good and pure; unfortunately governments will never be so. (I went off on a tangent here, but deleted it because I didn’t want to be too preachy). Sticking loosely to these principals, you can get the feeling whether something is or should be constitutional or not: if you think it sounds fishy, it probably is. Does the law give some advantage to a certain class of people? Is it restricting to a certain class of people but not others? A constitution cannot look upon someone and see race, color, gender, sexual orientation, creed, or profession; it shouldn’t, anyway. With those principals in mind, does anything strike you as fishy?