I’ve asked this before and I’m going to ask it again: in ten years what is this country going to be like?
We’re at a point where it is nearly impossible to watch TV, a sporting event, or even go to one’s favorite sci fi website without being bombarded with anti-Trump political hogwash. We’re just about at the point where you’ll go to a fast food place and order a milkshake and the person behind the counter will ask you for a donation to stop Trump as he or she sells you a Resistance Special.
We are truly in lunatic times.
So, while visiting the comments section of a blog authored by someone you’ve seen and heard on TV and radio before, I stumbled across two posts made in the defense of Maxine Waters that really stood out:
– One stated that “the framers” needed to go because in their day they would have made Maxine Waters a slave. A flurry of impeach Trump dogma followed.
– The other explained that we needed to rewrite our Constitution and come up with one that matched modern times, as the rest of the world often rewrote their founding documents. The author of this post noted that “even the Muslims” update their documents before insisting that any new Constitution include public funding for political campaigns.
Eight years of fundamental transformation is what pushed America to this very strange place where uninformed leftists are openly making these statements.
I won’t go too deeply toward debunking the “slavery” part of the first item. The author clearly never heard of manumission or knew that even in the 1700s there were free black people in America. The author doesn’t know that there were enslaved white people, or that some black people owned other black people. The author has never thought and realized America didn’t create the slave trade and that America wasn’t a big participant in it either. (About six percent of slaves from Africa went to early America. By contrast, 60% went to Brazil.) The author just thinks “the framers” (of “our Constitution”) were evil white men, so tear down their statues and replace them with…
He hasn’t gotten back with me on who he’d rather see honored with statues in public places. He probably has no problem with the Lenin statue in the East Village of Manhattan, or the one in downtown Seattle, or the other three in various places across America.
I will dwell a bit on the idea of scrapping our Constitution and writing a “modern” one because “even the Muslims” updated “their documents”. (I’m not sure what documents “the Muslims” have updated; the Quran and Hadith haven’t been amended as far as I’m aware.)
We live in a day and age in which 51% of college students are cool with denying free speech protection to “hate speech”. Does that mean the First Amendment in re-written form would instead protect community-defined and acceptable speech? The Second Amendment would no doubt be wiped out. I imagine the Third would loosen the definition of who might be quartered where to make allowances for those harboring illegals. Search and seizure? Give the left a chance and they’d rewrite that part of the Bill of Rights to ensure their adversaries could be searched and seized upon by the state for the most ridiculous reasons imaginable.
The Electoral College would go away as would Voter ID requirements. The left needs for that to happen in order to ensure that a sliver of California and a cluster running roughly from New York to Boston solely get to elect our President.
Speaking of elections, a rewritten leftist Constitution would take taxpayer dollars and dole them out to election campaigns. That means Congress would pick and choose campaign funding. And that Congress would decide who was and was not a legitimate candidate. If you are like me and have been frustrated over the years by ballot access laws that make it harder for legitimate third parties to get a candidate listed on a ballot, the idea of letting the swamp decide who does and doesn’t get to appear on a ballot is infuriating.
For those that are unaware, Republican and Democrat Parties by default found in ballot access laws always get to appear on ballots. Third parties must submit petitions to local election offices in order to appear on ballots. That’s why third parties never gain traction these days. Even the Libertarians expend much of their energy and money simply trying to get their candidates on ballots. True electoral reform would require ALL parties petition for ballot access. Or reduce the requirements levied on third parties.
Just based on the two items cited in the above, it isn’t hard to reimagine an America struggling under a creeping form of authoritarianism in the not too distant future. A redacted history. A Constitution rewritten by largely left-leaning hacks with a distorted or diluted body of individual rights. And a central authority of some sort chartered by a Congressional act that would oversee the electoral process to ensure that whether one voted red or blue, the vote would be cast for the establishment.
We’re trending into dangerous territory these days. One wonders why so many seem to remain asleep at the wheel while our ride barrels full speed toward a cliff.