- Posted September 17, 2012 by
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Disillusion This Constitution Day
You may not realize it since there haven't been much mention by the news networks or even in many newspapers, but today is the 225th birthday of the US Constitution. The 4,400-word document is still the envy of the world and the foundation upon which is built our unique American culture. That little piece of paper can rightly be the genetic code that makes Americans, Americans.
Yet as I sit here in Mark's Den, look out across the Cornfield, as the clouds gather threatening a stormy night, I am filled with a sense of disillusionment. Hard for a self-professed political junkie to admit that with 7 weeks left before the US of A casts ballots for who will be president for the next 4 years, I am disillusioned with the political scene and what I see happening to our nation both at home and abroad.
The past few days I have been trying to recuperate, regain my strength after the trauma of my last dental procedure racked my body and psyche hard. That hasn't meant that I haven't been attune to the events happening around the world or the ups and downs on the campaign trail along with other issues and stories rising throughout the heartland. I have been quite attentive, researching and coming to my own personal assesments. Sadly this has led me to an even great sense of disillusionment.
I keep hearing former President Bill Clinton in an ad for President Barack Obama talk about how the President has a plan to "rebuild America from the ground up". This worries me. It is even more troubling when added with the President's vow to "fundementally" change the way Washington operates and thinks.
The 2 phrases together set off alarms inside of me. Perhaps I am alone in my sentiment, but it plays into my disillusionment this Constitution Day.
The idea of changing anything "fundamentally" implies throwing away the good, the bad, everything and starting all over again. Do we need to make changes in Washington? Absolutely we do, but not change the fundamentals. The fundamentals are what our system is based, its foundation, which is our Constitution. It is our Constitution that sets out how our government is to operate and conduct its business. If we change it "fundamentally" that means in the strict context of the word that the idea is to rewrite our Constitution.
Indeed, it has appeared that is what the President has attempted to do with use of the executive order. Executive orders have been used since the time of George Washington. They have their place. It is the nature of the current executive orders that seem to circumvent the constitutionally dictated manner which our goverment is to operate. The President has even stated he is using executive orders to bypass the Congress. So yes, he is trying to change the fundamental upon which our government is founded.
Couple this with Bubba saying to stick with Obama who has a plan to "rebuild America from the ground up", and you should be able to see how again I am being lead down a path of disillusionment. If the President plans to "rebuild America from the ground up", it implies that all we have built, our foundation, the Constitution must be torn down, uprooted, with a new foundation poured, a new structure put into place. This feeds into the idea, using the words as said, that we must start from scratch the great American experiment. This implies that the experiment started by the Founding Fathers and heralded around the world some how, some way has failed.
Am I the only one seeing and hearing this?
Poll after poll, even taking in to consideration the post-convention bump, have well over half of all Americans saying the country is headed in the wrong direction, going down the wrong track. If more than half of all people in the nation believe that the country is headed down the wrong road, doesn't it make sense that we need to find someone who will offer us a different path, a different direction to try?
If more than half of all Americans believe our nation is headed in the wrong direction, why is Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney having trouble finding traction in steering the nation toward another direction?
For that matter, why are none of the 3rd party candidates, who are staying at 1% with only Libertarian Gary Johnson getting 2% of the vote?
Are even more Americans than just me becoming disillusioned and thinking there is no hope?
Why change horses even if that horse is limp and can't make it to the finish line?
As we celebrate (well doesn't seem to be any celebration going on to be honest) this Constitution Day, I sit here tonight in disillusionment with the political scene and with my fellow Americans who seem not to be concerned with "fundamentally" changing the nation and "rebuilding from the ground up" what has been a light to people all over the world.
From the Cornfield, while I believe the best person to steer the ship of state through the choppy economic riptides ahead is Romney, I keep wishing he would tap into this disillusionment I see rampant across the country and lay out a clear chart and clear signposts in a direction that will create a more conducive climate for the economy, jobs and the unsustainable national debt.
We must keep the flame burning bright that the great American experiment has not failed and is still a model for the rest of the world to emulate. I must fight through my disillusionment and find that sliver of light in the darkness.