With the kind indulgence of the reader, I’d like to
continue my analysis of the radical Right mentality.
Our friend Darrell says in his "Constitution Day" post he loves the Constitution, and
agrees it is wise that it not be “re-written”, or amended. He believes anyone
who wants to do this now is deemed a “leftist who hates America”.
Let’s remember the ideals of the founders, and how they
understood the need for amending the Constitution “to form a more perfect
Let’s also remember the founding ideal of “consent of the
governed”, and that it was horribly mitigated by systemic inequalities and
anti-democratic flaws written into our Constitution. Slavery, limited right to
vote, the Electoral selection for president, and the disproportionate
unrepresentative Senate that obliterated the concept of one man/ one vote for
our federal government.
These passages will be our reference for discussion:
Declaration of Independence, second paragraph:
hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they
are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these
are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights,
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the
consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish
it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles
and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to
effect their Safety and Happiness.
Preamble to the US Constitution:
the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,
promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves
and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United
States of America.
As I previously noted, traditional definitions of words
may not be accepted, and are unilaterally redefined, by the radical Right. I
appended some definitions to help clear up their muddy views.
Darrell’s “Constitution Day” post quoted a conservative
college’s pitch for donations:
these efforts to destroy our Constitution is the movement in American schools
and universities to push a false and dishonest account of American history.
This account portrays our nation as essentially racist and irredeemably unjust.
no surprise, then, that a recent Rasmussen poll found that over half of
President Biden’s strong supporters think the Constitution “should be mostly or
This is outrageously dishonest radical Right dogma. Only
the Right are banning and burning books, banning the teaching of the history of
slavery and racism as “Marxist CRT”, and banning words referring to
non-heterosexual persons. Yes, the hypocritical “victims of cancel culture”
want to cancel not only educators, but the votes of 81 million Americans who
voted against Trump.
An Anonymous comment informed Darrell that Thomas
Jefferson agreed with over half of Biden’s supporters:
Day is the perfect time to remind everyone that Thomas Jefferson said we should
rewrite the Constitution every 20 years.
In a letter written to James Madison from Paris just after the French Revolution had broken out, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) argues that any Constitution expires after 19 years and must be renewed if it is not to become “an act of force and not of right”:
“The question Whether one generation of men has a right to bind another, seems never to have been started either on this or our side of the water… (But) between society and society, or generation and generation there is no municipal obligation, no umpire but the law of nature. We seem not to have perceived that, by the law of nature, one generation is to another as one independant nation to another… On similar ground it may be proved that no society can make a perpetual constitution, or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation… Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19. years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force and not of right.”
Darrell ignored Jefferson’s words, and defended the
permanence of outdated provisions of the Constitution. Once again his extremely
biased views required factual italicized corrections.
Darrell’s response to Jefferson:
and our other founders provided a way to change that constitution through the
amendment process when necessary. It was intentionally made to be rather
difficult so it would not be altered for light and transient reasons based on
foolish trends or fashions of the moment.
Darrell borrows terms from the Declaration of Independence: “Prudence, indeed,
will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light
and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind
are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right
themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
his ideas of “Light and transient reasons based on foolish trends or fashions”
like abolition of slavery, equal rights for Blacks, voter rights for Blacks and
Women, popular vote for Senators, Equal rights for women? All these “Light and
transient reasons based on foolish trends or fashions” were strongly opposed by
conservatives. THIS is why they love having our Constitutional changes
dependent upon the minority power of the Senate and lily white conservative
state governments. They have NEVER supported equal rights, and fair
representative by the majority of voters in elections. They bitterly resent
those who demand such reforms. This is also why they support the treasonous
lies and attacks on our democracy by Donald Trump.)
Further, the constitution itself was written so as to
LIMIT government, while enshrining citizens' rights. (Wrong. It outlined government duties and processes. The authors
enshrined the rights of wealthy white people as “citizens”. NOT all Americans.)
ONLY those things written in the constitution are the responsibilities of
the government. (OK, yes. Just ignore the
parts about Constitutional taxes, regulation of commerce, and provision for the
general welfare, amirite?) All other rights and responsibilities belong
with the states or the people. (Those
words are NOT from the Constitution. “States rights” are what allowed slavery,
discrimination, systemic racism, and denying women their reproductive freedom.
Conservatives have ALWAYS wanted to limit the rights of minorities and women.
That’s NOT what the 9th Amendment protects.
The US Constitution: Amendment 9
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights,
shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.)
No wonder the left wants to "re-write" and scrap our constitution. (See what I mean? The Constitution has been historically “re-written” by amendments to abolish slavery, allow fair representation, direct vote for senators, civil liberties, voter rights, and civil rights. All were OPPOSED by conservatives.)
It restricts leftism. (“Leftism”
means protected rights, democracy and equality. It also supports Constitutional
taxes, regulation of commerce, and provision for the general welfare that
Darrell calls “hating America”.)
As Obama said, it is a document of "negative
liberties". Negative, because it restricted him from using government to
do much more than what it was legally entitled to do. It was a impediment to
him "fundamentally transforming America".
liberty is the absence of obstacles, barriers or constraints. One has negative
liberty to the extent that actions are available to one in this negative sense.
Positive liberty is the possibility of acting — or the fact of acting — in such
a way as to take control of one’s life and realize one’s fundamental
was referring to precedent, and what the Warren Supreme Court interpreted.
Darrell also voted for the criminal who said Obama was a foreign usurper. What
Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and
of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society… [The
Supreme Court] didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were
placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been
interpreted, and the Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally
the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. [It] says what the states
can’t do to you. [It] says what the federal government can’t do to you, but
[it] doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on
Nowadays we ignore it altogether. (No evidence provided.) That is why a charlatan and crook accepting
bribes in the form of business transactions from China, Russia, and Ukraine can
sit in the White House now. (No evidence
cited.) It is just one of myriads of reasons why he should be impeached too. (Again, no evidence. Darrell forgot about
“Russia, if you’re listening...” Trump Tower Moscow, Deutsche Bank, illegally
paying off porn stars, cronies meeting with Russians, giving secrets to
Russians in the Oval Office, siding with Putin in Helsinki, extorting Ukraine to
interfere against his opponent, lying about winning the election, inciting an
angry mob to obstruct a Constitutional proceeding, to overturn the election,
and praising his thugs for terrorizing Congress and brutally beating cops.
Never mind the billions Kushner got from the Saudis and millions raked in by
“advisor” Ivanka. Trump paid his daughter Ivanka $747,622 for
'consulting,' then deducted it from his taxes. All noble and pure in the Trump
Indeed I can respect and support "liberals" as defined by the current usage of the term, even when I disagree with them. It is the leftists that HATE our country and want to dismantle it; not liberals. Leftists have no use for liberals that are not fully supportive of their agenda, while us conservatives are deemed as outright fascists. (Darrell initially condemned, and then refused to condemn, Trump for inciting a violent mob to interfere with Congress and beat cops, and after watching them for three hours doing just that on TV, praising his violent mob of thugs. How is that NOT fascist? It’s those “leftists” that are the real fascists in his disordered mind.)
Definitions for grounding in reality:
“Liberalism” from Oxford:
willingness to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one's own;
openness to new ideas.
political and social philosophy that promotes individual rights, civil
liberties, democracy, and free enterprise.
“Left (Ideology)” from Britannica:
in politics, the portion of the political spectrum associated in general
with egalitarianism and popular or state control of the major
institutions of political and economic life. The term dates from the 1790s,
when in the French revolutionary parliament the socialist representatives sat
to the presiding officer’s left. Leftists tend to be hostile to the interests
of traditional elites, including the wealthy and members of
the aristocracy, and to favour the interests of the working class
(see proletariat). They tend to regard social welfare, governmental programs
that provide assistance to those in need, as the most important goal of
government. Socialism is the standard leftist ideology in
most countries of the world; communism is a more radical
“Right (Ideology)” from Britannica:
Right, portion of the political spectrum associated with conservative political thought. The term derives from the seating arrangement of the French revolutionary parliament (c. 1790s) in which the conservative representatives sat to the presiding officer’s right. In the 19th century the term applied to conservatives who supported authority, tradition, and property. In the 20th century a divergent, radical form developed that was associated with fascism.
simplify, the American Left is the democratic socialism of Bernie Sanders. The
American radical Right is the fascism of Donald Trump.