“This is Andy Horning, and I have what I think is a reasonable request:
I want politicians to obey written laws, as written. No “interpretation” from the bench; no “legal precedents;” no ifs, ands or buts.
If a law is unclear, politicians can clarify it in print. If a law is bad, then they can change it, or delete it – in print.
But I want no more fudging or cheating. I want politicians to obey what’s written, as written.
In other words, I want the Rule of Law under state and federal constitutions, right here in the USA, that we say we’re fighting for in Iraq.
That’s it. That’s what I want.
Yes, I know. Constitutions are called “outdated,” as if they can’t be amended. Constitutions are called “living documents,” as if that makes it OK to swindle them, too.
It’s no surprise that politicians say such things. Constitutions are a leash on politicians, after all, and you’d never expect those bad dogs to beg for the leash.
But most of us have problems with constitutions too.
Take the Bill of Rights. Many of us want the 2nd Amendment, but many of us don’t. About half of us want the 4th and 5th Amendments, but half don’t. It seems that nobody wants the whole 1st amendment, and almost everybody completely ignores the ninth and tenth.
We apparently can’t accept that the whole constitution is both the best compromise ever, and the law. We’re quick to call an unconstitutional foul when it suits us, but are otherwise happy to ignore the laws that protect us from oppression, slavery, genocide and war.
I challenge you to take just a little time and actually read the state and federal constitutions. See for yourself if you’re willing to give your neighbor his freedom in order to secure your own. I’m betting that you’ll conclude that the best compromise of all time is good enough.
So let’s do this: Let’s demand that our politicians keep their oaths of office, and obey the laws that both authorize, and limit, their powers. Let’s accept nothing less.
Then we will enjoy the blessings of liberty – by allowing others theirs, too.
For Speak Your Mind, this is Andy Horning.”
On Friday, the MP3 should be in WFIU’s Archives section.