Tuesday, April 07, 2020

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I've had enough.

Today the United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 along party lines to disenfranchise voters in Wisconsin by overturning the governor's decision to extend the deadline for mail-in ballots. There are many problems with this (not the least of which is that this is a blatant power grab by the Republican Party that has been sanctioned by what is looking more and more like a kangaroo court), but it's at the point where it's not worth trying to fix.

It is time to administer last rites and start over.

The Republican Party is now the Blatantly Authoritarian And Dictatorial Party. The Democratic Party is the Quibbling Over Calling Them Firefighters Not Firemen While The House Burns Down Party. Neither of them represent anybody who does not have the resources to make at least a six figure campaign donation. Both of them are more concerned with feathering their own nests and protecting their seats than with representing us. And, once you start digging, it turns out that there really ain't a whole lot of daylight between them.

We made it nearly a quarter of a millennium under our current Constitution. It's been a pretty good run, but the time has come for a wholesale update ... basically, jack up the Capitol dome and put a new country under it. For this to work in the long haul, we will need a new Constitution. I have included my suggestions below as to the concepts that must be included in this document.

  • That all people are created equal, and are entitled as human beings to certain rights:
    • The freedom to worship, or not worship, as they please, free from governmental interference.
    • The freedom to marry regardless of gender or sexual identity.
    • Freedom of speech.
    • Freedom from unwarranted search and seizure.
  • That religion has no place in government, even to the point of removing references to any deity in invocations, oaths, etc.
  • That all people, regardless of citizenship status, are entitled to medical care, with the only regulation being that the patient and doctor have agreed that it is medically appropriate.
  • That all people are entitled to earning a living wage when working full time hours.
  • That employees have the freedom to organize and practice collective bargaining.
  • That Congressional and Presidential elections are publicly funded, with no private contributions allowed.
  • That all citizens must perform two years of public service between the ages of 18 and 26. This is not limited to military service but also encompasses the following (not a complete list):
    • Teaching in distressed school districts.
    • Fire/EMT.
    • Legal services for low-income people.

This is not venting, or a vanity project. This is real. The time has come to boot up USA 2.0. We need our modern day Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, John Adams, George Washington, Patrick Henry. We need that incendiary spirit.

This is intended as a springboard for discussion, so let's start quibbling!

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