Monday, November 20, 2006

The state of our nation...

How sad is it that, to keep our people safe from insane leaders going to war for whatever whim they have, other elected officials have to go to such extreme measures. Democratic Representative Charles Rangel of New York, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, plans to introduce a bill next week that will reinstate the draft. Once someone turns 18, they will have to sign up for the draft. Mandatory.

Rangel’s comment: “"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way."

Rangel does seem to make a good point, but how sad it is that we’ve come to something like this. Face it, the volunteer military that we have now is made up of far more minorities and lower income families. Higher income and education means less of a likelyhood to join the military. If everyone’s kids were at risk of going to war, I can see at lot less support for any random wars that people like our Idiot in Chief want to have.

Folks, we do not live in a Democracy. Sorry, we don’t. What we do live in is a Constitutional Democracy. In a CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY the authority of the majority is limited by legal and institutional means so that the rights of individuals and minorities are respected. Contained in that is this fact: MAJORITY RULE AND MINORITY RIGHTS. Although "the majority rules," the fundamental rights of individuals in the minority are protected. Protection of certain basic or fundamental rights is the primary goal of government. These rights may be limited to life, liberty, and property, or they may be extended to include such economic and social rights as employment, health care and education. People agree to abide by decisions of the majority, but there are effective protections for the rights of minorities. Protection of minority right s assures the legitimacy of government. A constitutional democracy includes among its highest purposes the protection of freedom of conscience and freedom of expression. These freedoms have value both for the healthy functioning and preservation of constitutional democracy and for the full development of the human personality.

What am I getting at here? Well, ol’ Hobbsy here lives in the loverly state of Massachusetts, where somehow this Idiot named Mitt Romney was elected Governor. Now, you may have heard that my lovely state was the first to legalize Gay Marriage, which I support fully. Well, our Idiotic Twit got mighty pissy about that. Then, just a week or two ago, our legislature decided to go into recess to avoid voting on whether or not Gay Marriage should be a ballot question. Oh, the Twit got right pissed about that. Now, he’s asking the state’s highest court to order the anti-gay marriage amendment question onto the ballot, if the legislators don’t vote on it in January.

Twit feels that “A decision not to vote is a decision to usurp the Constitution, to abandon democracy and substitute a form of what this nation's founders called tyranny, that is, the imposition of the will of those in power, on the people."

What Twit is not realizing is that the legislature isn’t imposing their will upon the people. They are denying other people from imposing their own will on a minority group. As it states above, a persons basic rights will not be denied in a Constitutional Democracy. Somehow, Twit and his cohorts seem to be missing this (not to mention the separation of church and state).

What our legislature did was say ‘we are not going to turn a group of people into a little bubble to be filled in on a form. We are going to respect that these are human beings who do not deserve to be demeaned in such a way.’

And I for one support them. I leave you with this:

"One of the tenets of the Constitution is that you do not put the rights of a minority up for a popularity contest," said Mark Solomon, campaign director of Mass Equality, a pro-gay marriage group. "It is one of the very principles this country was founded upon."

this is not America


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