This blog originated as a defense of Hillary Clinton when her fellow Dems turned on her for campaigning for Barack Obama, as she had promised to, after she suspended her 2008 campaign.
Later, its mission expanded to defend all women, children, and other marginalized humans threatened in many ways by tyrannical forces. Until now, the mission was to protect and defend humans. Until now.
The 2016 campaign becomes a serious concern when candidates attack the Constitution of the United States. Republicans have, for weeks, been dancing around a campfire where the 14th amendment goes up in flames. The 13th through 15th amendments, ratified between 1865 and 1869, were the post-Civil War amendments considered central to full citizenship in our participatory democracy in the wake of the abolition of slavery.
Obviously, we can amend the Constitution, and we can repeal amendments. The 14th amendment has stood as sacred in this country to millions following the wave of immigration from the late 1800s into the early 20th century. Most Americans can claim an ancestor who arrived during those years, became a citizen, and provided us our American birthright. Closing that door to the future is a risky venture indeed to be visited with great caution, foresight, and more than a little serious and lengthy reflection. Amendments travel a long, tortured road to ratification. No alteration of the Constitution should be approached in a cavalier fashion. Ever.
Our participatory democracy differs from parliamentary democracies. Our Constitution does not provide for a dissolution of the government and sudden call for new elections. We have Constitutional provisions for establishing election rules and dates. If there are reasons why a president cannot continue to serve, we have provisions and an order of succession within the Constitution to ensure the preservation of the elected government.
It is disconcerting to see and hear this.
Donald Trump commanded an fervent crowd Friday night in Mobile, Ala., as the Republican presidential front-runner said he wished voting for the 2016 election was already underway.
“You know, if this were another country, we could maybe call for an expedited election, right? I would love that,” the businessman told a crowd estimated at 20,000 people gathered at Ladd Peebles Stadium.
“Can we do that? I’d like to have the election tomorrow, I don’t want to wait,” Trump said.
The real estate tycoon, who entered the stage to “Sweet Home Alabama,” told the crowd that the Bible was his favorite book, ahead of his own “The Art of the Deal,” ….
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The short answer, Mr. Trump, is “No. We cannot do that.” Your campaign ceases to be serious and, in fact, no longer qualifies as suitable entertainment (rating at least a PG 13 at best) when you suggest sacking our most sacred secular document. The Bible binds many people across the globe, that is true, and perhaps it is admirable that you say you like it so much. What binds all Americans together is our Constitution. It is our central document from which all of our rights derive. It is what incorporates us as a people. WE the people.
All over the public spectrum in this country, especially since the late 20th century, there has been growing speculation that the public sector might run more smoothly if taken over by successful members of the private sector. There is one thing of which those in the public sector and service remain ever mindful, and that is the oath that many of us must take in order to fulfill our duties. Many Americans have taken an oath of allegiance more than once in our careers, and it remains primary to our duties.
The president of the United States takes such an oath upon assuming office. It is ironic indeed that any applicant for the position should take a jaded view of our Constitution.
It is compelling reading for the uninitiated. Others may require a refresher course. I strongly recommend it.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.
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THIS is our document of incorporation. Read it. Know it. Protect, preserve, and defend it or get off the podium.