Thursday, November 4, 2010

Why I'm a gun toting, strict Constitutionalist, Liberal.

It's important to put your cards on the table. Unfortunately in the information game that's why Liberals lose out so often. There is no concerted, organized effort to rival the right wing propaganda machine as it exists today. By openly and honestly expressing ourselves and hoping for a fair exchange of ideas Liberals open themselves up for constant defeat. It can't be helped in most cases. We value freedom and Democracy, along with a respect for the modern ideals of fairness and equal rights that cannot rival the single minded, strategic onslaught of the far Right machine. This machine shamelessly harnesses what should be noble and virtuous attributes of American values by distortion, manipulation and misdirection.

A constant and concerted misinformation campaign pours out minute by minute by Right-wing media outlets with the obvious flagship being Fox News. It's not fair to say conservative values don't run deep in America. On the contrary, many Liberals hold certain conservative values close to their heart. Given the inherent openness to ideas and commitment to freedom of thought cherished by Liberals, they are "allowed" to embrace many differing ideas. Nor is it fair to say that Conservatives, by design, must be closed to diversity. It just seems like, more often than not they have to deny this until they "get caught".

Several points must be addressed to understand the truth about Liberal philosophy.

Point 1- What is a Liberal?

Liberal: (from the Latin liberalis, "of freedom")[1] is the belief in the importance of individual liberty and equal rights.[2] Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but most liberals support such fundamental ideas as constitutions, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights, capitalism, free trade, and the separation of church and state. These ideas are widely accepted, even by political groups that do not openly profess a liberal ideological orientation. Liberalism encompasses several intellectual trends and traditions, but the dominant variants are classical liberalism, which became popular in the eighteenth century, and social liberalism, which became popular in the twentieth century. (from Wikipedia)

Point 2-Do Liberals respect the Constitution?

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States. (from Article VI or The Constitution of The United States of America.)

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Section 1 of the 14th Amendment clearly provides that States are by necessity bound to the same laws with regard to personal freedom as laid out by Federal law. Attempting to protect children from prayers which might not represent them in schools where they are forced to go by law, by the government, is clearly in line with the intent of the Establishment Clause and a perfectly righteous cause.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The Right-wing propaganda machine would have people believe that Liberals want to take away their guns. Direct your attention to the words "well regulated". The idea that preventing the sale of assault rifles or registering weapons is unconstitutional is unfounded.

Read the Constitution carefully. It clearly lays out the powers and the limits of government. The debate over certain aspects of the recent Health Care bill raises certain questions about the constitutionality of certain Liberal ideas. Is it over-reaching to consider the protections of public health when debating the Health Care Bill? Can public health, as set by precedent from past decisions, be an area for government involvement? Is there anything in the Constitution that expressly prohibits federal requirement of health care purchase by individuals? Since corporations are entities granted existence and regulated by the government, can we set out to control them and regulate their power?

If we could get back to honest debate...which is clearly not the situation these days, we could let the democratic process flourish and continue to move forward, leading the World in ideas, not just economically and militarily. This is why I'm a gun toting Liberal, strict Constitutionalist. I do not agree with all the ideas of the current flock of Democrats. I would love to stand up to much of what they are pushing. But the alternatives of now are unacceptable. The blind followers of Fox news and the Right-wing propaganda machine have devolved the political landscape for years with inflammatory rhetoric and untruths. Even for those who agree with some of the goals of the new Conservatives it's unfortunate that they are allowing the ends to justify the means.