Anybody not dead has long known the Bush Administration hates the Constitution, but this puts it very clearly out there in the open –
I don’t give a goddamn, Bush retorted. I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.
Mr. President, one aide in the meeting said. There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.
Stop throwing the Constitution in my face, Bush screamed back. It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”
I’ve talked to three people present for the meeting that day and they all confirm that the President of the United States called the Constitution “a goddamned piece of paper.”
And, to the Bush Administration, the Constitution of the United States is little more than toilet paper stained from all the shit that this group of power-mad despots have dumped on the freedoms that “goddamned piece of paper” used to guarantee.
I don’t want to discuss the Capital Attitude Bush Has to the Constitution – but want to point out the fact that the Constitutional guarantees embodied on that “goddamned piece of paper” don’t mean diddly shit (not to put too fine a point on it) – unless the people that are supposedly empowered and protected by that document are willing, ready and able to lay down their lives to protect those rights.
In other words – it really is just a piece of paper – unless your willing to defend to the death what that paper actually says. Inscribed rights are only guaranteed by the willingness of the people to enforce those guarantees.
And therein is the problem – the Constitution has long been reinterpreted by the black robed “Supreme’s” to mean whatever the hell they say it means. The problem is obvious. First off, the Constitution’s verbiage isn’t as precise as it could be. Secondly, the Supreme court has no business whatsoever interpreting the Constitution – or redefining its meanings according to the standing Administration. But this has long been the case, which will continue to exist until Americans have had enough, and are quite willing to lay down their lives and defend that “goddamned piece of paper” or write a new Constitution (in tyrants blood). The alternative is, well, what we’ve got today. An “interpretive”, “flexible”, and “vague” document which can and us being used to the high advantage of those in power, or those with lots of money, which amounts to the same thing anyway.
Face it – we’re either going to deal with this problem, or we’re not. There has long existed a Constitutional crisis in this country in regards to how the separation of powers and the functions of the State and Federal government are handled. It has long been evident that the Constitutional limitations upon the federal government have long since been overruled, disregarded or simply overwhelmed by the onslaught of legislation passed by Congress, Presidential “Executive Orders” and corrupt agencies and bureaucrats who simply make up their own “laws” for us peons as they go.
Getting our panties all twisted up in a bunch over a “goddamned piece of paper” fails to miss the real point. The Constitution has been toilet trash for decades. Nothing more then a pretense exists in America regarding the original meaning and intents of the Constitution. Bush has done nothing more then state the obvious.
What this country needs is to realize that it IS just a “goddamned piece of paper” for all intents and purposes, and they need to get good and righteously angry over that fact. Americans have long been ruled by fiat and decree, the absence of law and authority as authorized in the Constitution is well known – if you’ve been paying attention.
If the Constitution is to have any meat upon its skeletal bones, it’s going to require the blood of patriots and tyrants alike to nourish it back to life. This time, I suggest we do a better job of it then before.
We’re a bit overdue by the way. Two hundred years is the average for most governments. We’ve already outgrown this one and have been teetering along for decades now.
Now that would make a hell of a legacy for Bush, along with his other major bungles. Not only can he go down in history as the worst President of all time, he could be known as the maniacal fool that forced a Constitutional crisis and fomented a second American revolution.
We’d win of course. It’s a statistical improbability that we could lose. Even depopulated, bombed, starved and tortured Iraq is winning against the world’s mightiest army. Guerrilla warfare is impossible to prevent. Attrition eventually causes the aggressor to give up and go away. If you’re not familiar with this, then I suggest you read up on it. Sun Tzu and the “Art of War” is a good start, as is “Total Resistance” (Swiss author forgotten at the moment).
If that is what Bush wants, he might get it. The general opinion in the country is we’ve had enough of this man and his asinine policies and politics, cronyism and stupid fundamentalism. If he pushes us too far, we’re quite apt to push back.