Some people believe in the U.S. Constitution; and there are those who do not.
Some believe in democracy, with its inherent flaws and inefficiencies, as offering humanity the widest possible dispersion of liberty and opportunity; and there are those who believe America’s Constitution, and the democratic ideals enshrined therein, obstruct the march toward their dreamed of statist utopia.
Some believe in the rule of law, whereby each individual enjoys the same rights as the next, judged blindly, regardless of race, creed or political affiliation; and there are those who believe our legal system must advance an agenda, that laws should be applied so as to comfort the servile, serve the politically connected, and intimidate those who dissent.
Some believe America was founded by wise men, of high principle, who understood the limitations of their times, and devised a government of the people, instituting constitutional mechanisms whereby America might evolve, strengthen and improve in a consistent, time-honored manner; and there are those who see our Constitution as outmoded and increasingly irrelevant, devised by indecent men, elitists and slave-holders, whose moral shortcomings invalidate the Constitution they devised and the nation they established.
Some see America as a shining city on a hill, one with grave sins in its past, yet a force for good, offering stability, leadership and hope in a world ever bending toward authoritarianism; and there are those who see America’s sins as uniquely grievous, whereby its history of slavery and racism, its decimation of Native American culture, and its many decades of military and economic dominance have rendered it unworthy.
Some believe America must constantly improve itself and strive toward the ideals enshrined within our founding documents; and there are those who believe America must be deconstructed and remade in some manner devoid of free expression and other freedoms that many Americans have come to take for granted.
If we erase our past, if we diminish, deconstruct and invalidate our Constitution, if we give away our freedoms … we will not get them back … America will become a formerly bright beacon of hope in a darkening world, a once great nation that brought about its own demise and faded into history’s oblivion.
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