Do You Believe Everything You Read?
His point was that we should not be ruled by the ideas of people who knew nothing of our country as it exists today. For instance, the rule that our President must be born in this country was probably more meaningful and important in 1783 than it is today. What does it matter, for instance, if Barack Obama was not born in this country? If it did matter, then people would use that as a basis to not vote for him.
The comments that followed this article were full of venom and hatred for this intellectual. I doubt that many of this person’s persecutors even read the entire article. The title “Let’s Give up the Constitution” was all they needed to go all “Fox News” on him.
Much of this man’s argument for getting rid of The Constitution was really more in a “Let’s rewrite those sections which make no sense in today’s world” vein. I don’t agree with the assertion that we should junk The Constitution. We do have the ability to amend the document plus judicial interpretations often effectively make the document more in keeping with today’s world. I’m not sure the professor really wants to junk The Constitution either. I think he was being provocative to make a point.
I almost commented on this article myself, with the intent to stick up for the author and point out that he might not really be a America hating intellectual Liberal piece of crap, but if you read the piece with an open mind, he had an interesting point of view. I thought better of commenting to people with such closed minds.
Politically I am generally a Conservative (some would say just right of Ghengis Kahn) and certainly do not want to scrap The Constitution. However in reading the comments to this article I was reminded of one of my favorite retorts:
Years ago at a weekly meeting my old boss held with his underlings, he mentioned an article he had read which suggested a unique way to manage people (I don’t remember the specifics.) He wasn’t telling his managers to follow this advice; he merely thought it an interesting perspective.
One person at the meeting disagreed with the ideas the article raised. He challenged my boss, “Let me ask you…do you believe everything you read?”
My boss paused and then responded, “No…but I THINK about everything I read.”
Too often people today make the same mistake. Thoughts and ideas are immediately accepted or lambasted and discarded based on the perceived political bent of the author.
The world would be a better place if everyone would not either believe or deride everything that we read, but if we would at least THINK about what we read.