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Unfortunately, this dismissiveness of the Constitution is typical of those on the left.  One can disagree with the concept of America’s founding principles and support candidates that want us to be more like other more “advanced”, dare I say “progressive” nations, and that’s all well and good.  Coherent, solid and intellectually sound arguments can be made for that point.  However, in order to bypass the crinkly old paper, you need to think like the progressive wunderkind and Obama cheerleader from the Washington Post, Ezra Klein:

“The issue of the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than 100 years ago and what people believe it says differs from person to person and differs depending on what they want to get done.”

Ezra Klein is perfectly entitled to think that our Constitution means whatever he or Obama wants it to mean, because it is sooo old and the text is soooooo confusing.  I mean that whole right to free speech thing, and that gun thing, it doesn’t really mean what it says.  Why, each person can pick and choose what they want it to stand for.  And that’s pretty much the way progressives view the Constitution.  It means whatever they want it to mean on any given day.  And while that might be great for enacting things like universal health care, it isn’t so good if one wants to safeguard those inherent unalienable rights that make our country unique and exceptional.

Therein, lies the huge partisan divide between conservatives and progressives.  We no longer share the same vision of American Exceptionalism that the JFK generation did.  The Creator and those rights with which He endowed us are not in vogue on the left.  In fact, according to President Obama’s Treasury Secretary and tax cheat Timothy Geithner, being an American citizen is not a right, but a privilege.  One that must be paid for:

This whole notion that being a citizen is a privilege is just part and parcel of the progressive philosophy of an all powerful state.  As long as the government has the ability to tax you into compliance at  their whim, what activity can they not regulate, what product can they not force you to buy, what freedom do you have that they cannot take away?  Unless something is done to change the direction of the court, the Constitution our Founding Father’s designed is dead and the state will finally reign supreme over the individual and American Exceptionalism will be gone forever:

 
And that says it all as far as most conservatives are concerned.  Freedom is our highest aspiration.  Perhaps, you don’t agree that this is so.  That’s fine.  In fact, that’s part of being free and, as the old saying goes, I’ll fight and die to protect your right to disagree.  However, whether you agree with the conservative philosophy of staying true to founding principles or whether you believe that issues of social and societal justice are so compelling that they demand a more powerful state, only a fool or an ideologue like my relative “Mike” shuts down the doors of dialogue and assumes that the other side is motivated only by hatred and evil rather than by a valid intellectual philosophy.  It is one thing to disagree on policies or facts or ideology, it is another to cast moral aspersions on those you disagree with.  Thinking like that is what leads to acrimony, violence and war.   Remember that the next time you hear someone call a conservative mean or say that we are all a bunch of tea bagging extremists.

 

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