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Letter to a ‘Constitutionalist’

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The following is excerpted from messages I exchanged with an acquaintance who calls herself a ‘Constitutionalist:’

When I hear “Constitutionalist,” it really means Constitutional fundamentalist, since no one is proposing *not* following the US Constitution (including the several hundred volumes of case law that govern its interpretation, the presence of which was ensured by the founding fathers’ creation of the Judicial branch of government.)

I have little (no) patience for these arguments and consider them the height of ignorance. This kind of thinking is destroying the world. And the United States. Utterly. So if that’s your deal, maybe you should unfriend me? Or are you just kidding about pulling out of the UN, thinking sharia law is some kind of threat in the US, and the Constitutional fundamentalism?

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“Sharia law?” What are you smoking? I’m against Sharia law too, but the only people who think the US needs to “ban” it are the most rabid paranoid tea-party lunatics. Again, since the establishment clause of the, ahem, Constitution would seem to already take care of the Sharia problem–why do “Constitutionalists” seem to ignore the fact that we *already* have a government operating fully under the Constitution?

And people who want to ‘ban’ Sharia are usually also Christian dominionists who don’t like Sharia for religious reasons but would have no problem establishing Christian biblical law or putting the Ten Commandments in schools and courthouses. And such people rarely see the hypocrisy–as you probably don’t. They think the US is a “Christian” nation. Transparent madness.

And “pulling out of the UN” is utterly ridiculous. There are seven billion people in the world and the US is only about 4% of that. So, really? We should pull out of the one organization which represents the other 96% of Earth’s population? Wake up! You sound absolutely moronic, and that’s being charitable (would be if we were still in the 20th century, not the 21st). In 2011? Such views are just obscene. What kind of bubble are you living in?

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…again I ask you since twice now you have refused to respond about the politics, what could be more important? How can you “put politics aside” when the “starve the beast” politics of the American tea-party constitutional fundamentalists are literally killing the planet (through resource degradation and refusal to support a climate treaty) and turning our once-great country into an indebted, oil-addicted, crumbling third-world joke? How can you? How does anyone buy into this myopic self-serving nonsense? Is it your age of 60 that makes you so callous and blind, like “I’ll be dead by the time the worst effects of climate change hit?” I mean how can anyone be so disconnected as to not consider the global impacts of decisions we’re making on a daily basis? This is the very definition of unconsciousness and it’s infuriating!

I have literally had to block and unfriend a couple of dozen people who are into this rabid right-wing stuff. How can you go through life and not see the literal war on women, children and seniors being waged in the supposed name of the Constitution? How can you not see the war on the planet being waged by bargain-hunting consumers teaming up with free-market libertarians? Small government means the country is left to be run by rapacious corporations (and their customers) which have now been allowed by the Citzens United decision to buy unlimited media and in so doing buy elections. Their agenda is to get rid of taxation, regulation, unions, and completely destroy the middle class. (They forget that in so doing, they will also destroy their customer base.)

So there is no way to “put politics aside” in any relationship as far as I’m concerned. When I started Black Sun Journal 10 years ago after September 11th, I vowed to ignore the “polite” rules of conversation which say you don’t talk about religion, politics or sex in polite company. There’s nothing else that really matters. Lives are at stake. Beliefs govern us and define our ethics.¬†We are on the brink of an utter humanitarian crisis triggered by a crisis of democracy. Aside from green energy, restoring trust in a government-supported social contract combined with fiscal sustainability should be our absolute number-one national priority.

I will tell ______ you send your regards, though it is up to you whether I tell her you’re a constitutionalist fanatic who is participating in the destruction of our country and the world by spouting this wicked brand of politics. Are you? Or are you willing to drop this notion that the US should pull out of the UN? And that the US is not already living up to constitutional governance? And that the US is in danger of implementing Sharia law? For shame…

Everyone has the ‘right’ to their opinion, but that doesn’t mean opinions like yours don’t carry consequences. And of course I have the right to choose my friends based on their politics.

Sincerely,

Sean Prophet (Citizen of the World)

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Comments (12 comments)

Douglass Sonek / May 9th, 2011, 3:47 pm / #1

Dear Mr. Prophet:

"Thank you" for your opinion in a "Letter to a Constitutionalist." At times, I feel isolated because of the irrationality of the current domestic political climate and the fear of devolving into a "New Feudalism." It felt "real good" to read and to KNOW that others share viewpoints that are similar to my own.

Sincerely,

D.Sonek, Reader.

currencywidget / July 22nd, 2011, 12:13 am / #2

A valid question. But not as simple as it sounds. I assure you the reason prisons in Iran are over field are not because of Iranian peoples content and approval of mullahs. Every family literally has a member either lost or imprisoned by these ruthless filthy charlatans. You should consider this bit of old news while asking that question.

MvGuy / August 15th, 2011, 6:10 am / #3

Who ON THIS PLANET has the LARGEST NUMBER of it's CITIZENS in PRISON…. HHHHMMMMMMMMMMM

"WASHINGTON - Tough sentencing laws, record numbers of drug offenders and high crime rates have contributed to the United States having the largest prison population and the highest rate of incarceration in the world, according to criminal justice experts.
A U.S. Justice Department report released on November 30 showed that a record 7 million people — or one in every 32 American adults — were behind bars, on probation or on parole at the end of last year. Of the total, 2.2 million were in prison or jail."

"The United States has 5 percent of the world's population and 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population. We rank first in the world in locking up our fellow citizens," said Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, which supports alternatives in the war on drugs"

With more than 2.3 million people behind bars, the United States leads the world in both the number and percentage of residents it incarcerates, leaving far-more-populous China a distant second, according to a study by the nonpartisan Pew Center on the States.

Five states — Vermont, Michigan, Oregon, Connecticut and Delaware — now spend as much as or more on corrections as on higher education. Locally, Maryland is near the top, spending 74 cents on corrections for every dollar it spends on higher education. Virginia spends 60 cents on the dollar.

U.S. prison population dwarfs that of other nations
By Adam Liptak
Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners.

Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment. Americans are locked up for crimes — from writing bad checks to using drugs — that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than prisoners in other nations.

1. Russian Federation
North America
Oceania
South America

Comparisons:
China vs. United States
India vs. Pakistan
Iran vs. Israel
Nigeria vs. South Africa
Greece vs. Turkey
Argentina vs. Brazil
China vs. Japan
France vs. Germany
Honduras vs. Nicaragua
North Korea vs. South Korea
Highest Prison Population Rates
view as: list / map
?CountryPrisoners per 100,000 inhabitants
1.
Russia
730
2.
United States
680
3.
Belarus
575
4.
Kazakhstan
495
5.Bahamas485
6.
Belize
460
7.
Kyrgyzstan
440
8.
Suriname
435
9.
Ukraine
430
10.
Dominica

Where is Iran…???

Doris Tracey / March 5th, 2012, 3:18 pm / #4

We have a government that was designed for us to experiment with. Our constitution is not set in stone. Yes our government is fully operating under our constitution. Both good and bad example are equally powerful. George Washington said, that we should stay out of foreign affairs and just trade with people around the world. Countries have a right to design their own country to their liking. I hope you get the gist of what I am saying.

Doris Tracey / March 5th, 2012, 4:14 pm / #5

I wasn't quite finished what I wanted to say in the last article. George Washington said, that he saw many flaws in our constitution because man was not perfect. He also said our constitution could be lost, I guess depending on our own actions. The experiment must be protected.

Mark F. / March 29th, 2012, 7:20 pm / #6

"Small government means the country is left to be run by rapacious corporations (and their customers)"

How many people do corporations kill in wars? How many people are imprisoned by corporations? How many lives do corporations ruin with victimless crime laws? What head of a corporation asserts the right to kill anyone on his say so like President Obama? What corporation makes you buy its products? What corporation extorts money from you?

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