Many US Citizens not worthy of our Constitution – Adams, Palin, Ruff

I picked up a copy of Howard Ruff’s good book “How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years in the 21st Century” — I’ve been enjoying economic bad years long before it was fashionable, and even though I now have company in that enjoyment, I’d rather have prosperity in my financial stbility, not just my emotional stability.

On finding a random chapter — “Sin Tax” Howard Ruff refers to President John Adams’ statement that our constitution is unable to work for everyone. Specifically John Adams wrote a letter to the officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts on 10/11/1798:

… we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Ruff goes on to explain that this body of “moral and religious people” was the essence of our attitude to gain prosperity from revolutionary times up to our greatest hours as a nation. The echoes of philosopher Edmund Burke support this — “Men of intemperate habits cannot be free, their passions form their fetters.”

Succinctly this summarizes the “IT” that Rush Limbaugh, G W Bush and the Republican conservative base holds dear and is exactly what Sarah Palin says to the “real america” with that canny wink of hers. The liberals don’t get “IT,” because the Democrat’s tent is full of people with intemperate habits. They can’t get “IT” because at the core they are “unbridled by morality and religion.”

No wonder the NeoCons can play fast and loose with inflaming fear in the American public: Because the Constitution is too weak to contain us lesser beings — we do not wear the bridle of morality and religion. And therefore our ability to be governed by the Constitution is null and void. We Democrats, Greens, Libertarians, Atheists, Wobblies, and who know else are unfit for the US Constitution.

We don’t get “IT.” — That’s where you are wrong.

I would submit that in fact,

yes, Rush, we do get “IT.” We reject the foolish position of John Adams. It does not take a person of morality to honor the goddess of prudence. It does not take a person of faith to realize that making the world a better place knows no religion.

What we do know is that desperate people do desperate and stupid things.

If you strip the American public of their Constitution, you have stripped them of respect for your ideas and leadership. If you fill the courts with blind followers of John Adams failed ideology, you have stripped the public of respect for the legal system. And if you blind us with false prosperity that is smoke and mirrors instead of true worth, you will reap the smoke of failure.

So here is the question: Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Stephen Colbert — “Do you reject the universal application of the US Constitution to all US Citizens? Do you, like President John Adams, share the failed ideology that the US Constitution is not a universal document, to be enjoyed, respected and worthy of all?”

Because if you reject the universal application of the Constitution, you reject the Constitution. It is your choice. Choose wisely. Wink-wink.

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