Thursday, February 4, 2010
What Happens Is . . .
What happens is that we too often overcomplicate the Constitution of the United States and the laws that it sets forth. The Constitution was created primarily to "form a more perfect Union" at a time of national upheaval, threat of dissolution and uncertainty. It's a pretty concise document that was adopted in the year 1777 and prohibited any amendments until the year 1808. That's a long time ago by today's standards; however, the Constitution has paved the way for American progress for several centuries. However, when deliberating on the Constitution we must recall its intent, which ironically is quite noble though it fails to recognize foreign nobility, which again reminds us "to form a more Perfect Union", by order of its intent. Order is a key word. Government brings order to the people and helps establish law and justice so humankind does not fall into disarray. When individual states go off into their own respective corners to deliberate on laws under the auspices of the Constitution, they would be better served if their state laws were not too complex and arcane. Why - because, too much governance at the state level hinders each state's ability to come together in a high-minded fashion to enact laws that further support a more perfect Union and thus, ensure fairness and equitability for all. This is important to consider especially when states can convene to amend and ratify the Constitution should there be a sufficient cause. You will notice that the Constitution does not make any mention of virtuosity. Words like love, magnanimity, charity, faith, honor, salvation, peace, brotherhood, prayer, hope, belief, passion, fairness and dignity are sidelined. These values, while intrinsic to humankind, are arguably subjective and thus, contrary to the order that the Constitution demands and thus, overcapitalizes our daily lives. When humanity, contrarily, demands these values, it must rely on its elected leaders to convene when necessary and deliberate more than ever to bring the Constitution into a more rational, realistic, mindful, committed and compassionate perspective. Thus, when we simplify our interpretation of the Constitution we can move forward as a people and establish more unifying principles that are more fulfilling and complementary to our greater needs and expectations. This is essential to discern defects in government and further, elevate our ability to govern. I welcome your thoughts on this subject.