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Monday, April 19, 2010

The U.S. Constitution: the Great American Inkblot

Spurred by an administration he believes to be guilty of numerous transgressions, self-described American patriot Kyle Mortensen, 47, is a vehement defender of ideas he seems to think are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and principles that brave men have fought and died for solely in his head.
 That is the lede in one of those great send-ups on American foolery that The Onion does so well.

 On one hand with all the histrionics and cries of paranoia filling the air, one can celebrate the First Amendment and the fact that freedom of expression is taking place without restraint.  On the other hand, it is disconcerting when free expression reveals how many people out there are absolutely bonkers.  Or whose launchers of verbal missiles are powered by such paltry brain cells.

I keep asking just what part of the Constitution is being violated by Obama, Congress, and the gov-mint in general.  The only answer I have seen so far that is specific is the Second Amendment, because Obama plans to come in the night with his troops and confiscate all firearms.

There are law suits being mounted against the healthcare reform act on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.  The argument goes that the Constitution prohibits the gov-mint from forcing people to buy health care insurance.  The states seem to have no problems forcing drivers to buy auto insurance, but that does not seem to violate the Constitution anywhere.

I guess our founders realized that someday the world would need a great, big Rohrschach blot on which the good people could project their fears and fantasies.

You know, for a more perfect union.  







2 comments:

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Douglas said...

Farmers have been more or less forced to buy crop insurance for many years to qualify for disaster payments, etc.

Now that the federal program has turned into a private insurance bonanza at the expense of government and farmers, the requirements still exist with the profits going to the insurance companies and the full force of the government in the collection end.

I am not hearing the constitutional foghorns blowing hot air on this. It also seems to suggest that there is no constitutional basis for objecting to the Health insurance reforms...just another nonsense political talking point unfortunately picked up by SD State Government to pander to right-wing loons.

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