I just reread the Constitution for the first time in many years. What caused me to do it was that I was tired of hearing all of the politician, political pundits and special interest groups take small sections of it and spin it to their own purposes. We have become a country of political extremes with little or no room for compromise.
Our forefathers were very enlightened for their time in developing the original document. The preamble still gives me goosebumps:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for 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.
The 27 amendments (with one negating an earlier one – prohibition) helped to clarify the intent of the document as circumstances arose that caused changes to be addressed. Many were for political reasons and others to address injustice within our system of government. Not mention the Supreme Court rulings over the past few decades that have more to do with political beliefs than the actual Constitution itself.
An example of a political amendment is the 22nd Amendment that limits a President to two terms. This was enacted when the Republicans gained control of Congress soon after the death of Franklin Roosevelt. It raises the question – if a term limit is good for the Presidency, then why not the Vice President and members of Congress. If it is not needed for the others, then why would is it needed for the President other than a political ploy for the party out of the White House to attempt to gain the White House in an open election (no imcumbent)?
The 26th Amendment also causes me to scratch my head. If an 18 year can serve their country, drive and vote, why is it necessary to make them wait until they are 21 to be able to legally drink?
It has stood the test of time as a guiding document for our country. It is time for our leaders to start rading and living it instead of trying to spin it.
What do you think?