September 3rd, 2009 13:25 EST
We the People: Eliminating the Exclusions
One need only review the verbiage of the documents presented " and ratified " by our founding fathers to see that the state of American politics " and the laws by which they are governed " are truly out of sorts with contemporary society. To be certain that there is no confusion by the presentation of this postulation, let it be made clear that what is being inferred here is that there is a complete and utter lack of adherence on behalf of the modern U.S. Government in the upholding of their fundamental duties in keeping with the guidelines set forth in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. In the Government`s defense, though, neither did the founding fathers. Perhaps our present day mayors, council members, judges, senators, congressmen and presidents are simply adhering to tradition. We could give them the benefit of that doubt, however, such adherence is irrefutably outdated and unacceptable.
Consider the following:
1.) the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery, was not ratified until December 6, 1865
2.) women were denied the right to vote until the ratification of the 19th amendment on August 18, 1920
3.) gay/lesbian/transgendered persons " to this day " are still denied the right to serve openly in the armed forces and marry
With the aforementioned facts in mind, in truth, our Constitution and Declaration of Independence should have been written and read more like the following:
The Constitution: We the white, Christian men of European descent, and of heterosexual disposition, of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union " "
The Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all white, Christian men of European descent, and of heterosexual disposition, are created equal " "
Forsooth our founding father`s may have had a grand concept of liberty and justice for all " at some point, but it is markedly evident that their intentions to realize that concept did not fall within the timeline(s) of their generation(s). The retrospective view clearly exhibits this truth for equality was, at that time, an obviously conditional concept.
Equality, as defined, is the quality or state of being equal, which is:
Equal: Adjective (Definition 1, Articles b and c): b: like in quality, nature or status c: like for each member of a group, class or society [Ref: Merriam-Webster`s Collegiate Dictionary " Eleventh Edition]
Evidentially we, as Americans, still strive to surmount the contradictions and close the gaps between genuine equality and the convoluted faÃ§ade of equality that has existed since the inception of our Declaration of Independence in 1776. As a nation, we are gifted with the hope that we may actually one day do so, however, the time for change cannot be deferred to be realized on some enigmatic one day. " The time for change is now, and it begins individually in the hearts and the minds of the American people. Let there no longer be Native, African, Chinese, Mexican (and myriad other prefixes) of Americans. Let us simply be Americans. And let there no longer be rights and benefits subjectively withheld by government based upon theological suppositions. Let any American so inspired be given the opportunity to defend his/her country. Let any American join in matrimony with whomever they will as an expression of their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
We have alleged by means of our national anthem that we are the land of free and the home of the brave, " and that we hold these truths to be self evident, " but we have yet to truly embrace the quintessence and experience of these words. The UNITED States were established as one nation " and indivisible, " yet We the People " of the governing houses continue to subjugate their citizens by race and class and sexual identity and deny rights to those whom they have perceived as unworthy. How, if it may be asked, can any nation be brought to solidarity whilst its public remains divided by the very authority that feigns to seek its unification? Furthermore, how can any government tout democracy and equality as its fundamental virtues when it can simultaneously acknowledge that full rights and benefits are selectively denied to its citizens? As an American, it is ironic and disappointing, however, the propensity of the American government to say one thing and do another is a tradition that began 233 years ago. Is it expected? Yes. Is it acceptable? No. Come on, We the People, let`s eliminate the exclusions.
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