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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Constitution Is The Great Equalizer

As I've written in the past, I avoid doing many posts on the issue of same-gender marriage because I head up a group in support of the issue and don't want to belabor the point.  But it's impossible not to say SOMETHING due to the arguments taking place before the Supreme Court.

Many Americans choose not to be part of a particular political party and brandish a healthy skepticism of politicians in general.   Independent voters believe that the only difference between Republicans and Democrats is that the two parties want to spend their money and regulate their lives in different ways.

That's why a majority of Americans are cutting through the constant chatter spewing forth from the political class and media and getting back to a single question:  what does the Constitution say?

The Constitution contains a set of immutable principles which Americans agree provide the framework for how this country operates.  People also know that a true adherence to the guidelines of the Constitution (and the ideals articulated in the Declaration Of Independence) require people to tolerate activities by other people or groups with which they might not agree.

An individual is free to pursue happiness without interference from the government unless that individual injures another person or that person's property.

The American electorate is becoming more pro-gay, pro-gun, and pro-life.  That's an ideology that doesn't fit comfortable within the confines of either major party.

Pro-gay:  Americans understand the difference between marriage in a courthouse and marriage in a church.  Government recognition of two adults as married can't be applied unequally in the eyes of the law.

Pro-gun:  Law-abiding citizens can possess guns without exception.  I follow the rules.  I refuse to be treated equally with someone who doesn't follow the rules.

Pro-life:   A baby is a person, not property, subject to the protections of equal protection under the law.

Notice the word that keeps appearing in the above sentences.  The founders were pretty intelligent, weren't they?

It's natural for people to default to "...their oughta be a law" mode when faced with something with which they disagree.    We want validation for our lives.  We want to be part of a group that tells us, "we're right, they are wrong."    But those desires often run counter to the principles of a nation in which an individual is allowed to live free and pursue happiness.

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