It’s easy to be in favor of the U.S. Constitution when all you’re really doing is protecting yourself against those you fear want to take something from you.
But that’s just the easy part, and anybody can be a hero when it’s easy.
What about when somebody else wants to do something you vividly disagree with? What about situations in which you want to take something from them? What happens when that same document you claim to revere protects those you don’t like, don’t understand, don’t know, don’t agree with, or don’t feel safe around?
We need not look further than the effort to build a Mosque (which, turns out, isn’t even a Mosque) near Ground Zero in New York. The same people whose Christian faith would cause them, understandably, to fight to the death to ensure that their religion can be freely practiced in whatever way they see fit, are the ones who happen to be at the front of the line opposing another faith’s efforts to do the same. So much for the First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom under the United States Constitution. Suddenly it’s not at the forefront of your thinking when instead of protecting your own religious freedoms, it’s protecting somebody else’s.
I understand and empathize with those who say, “it shouldn’t be built.” But too often, what they’ve instead been saying is, “they shouldn’t be allowed to build it.” Your friendly neighborhood Constitution begs to differ.
Or perhaps we should focus on those who are deeply troubled by the existence of so-called “anchor babies,” those born in the U.S. of immigrant non-citizen parents. That these babies are U.S. citizens is without question, but the fact is, the people who stand in opposition to them are often the same ones who just flat-out don’t like Mexicans and want them all deported, their American children with them. So much for the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees of citizenship guaranteed under the United States Constitution. Suddenly, that Constitution doesn’t seem so precious when it’s protecting those you loathe.
Whose Constitution is it, anyway? Is the entire document just wrapping paper for your precious Second Amendment? Is it only important when its protecting you?
Here’s a thought: consider the possibility that you are not acting like a true American if you only believe the United States Constitution merely exists to protect you.
Consider the possibility that you do not share fundamental American values unless you also acknowledge that the Constitution of the United States is just as important when it’s protecting them. And you. And me. All Americans. Even the ones you don’t like.
And especially consider the strong possibility that those who have been calling themselves “patriots” lately, in their frequent efforts to ignore or deny Constitutional rights guaranteed to others, have inadvertently become the most unpatriotic of us all. After all, what is at the very foundation of American patriotism, if not the full support of the U.S. Constitution itself?
The Constitution is what it is, for better (when it’s protecting you), or for worse (when it’s protecting them). It is really getting tiresome when the very same people who wave that document in the air like a weapon every time it suits them turn around and ignore it when it becomes an inconvenience.
The U.S. Constitution is more shield than weapon, the most powerful shield ever created. It has enabled unprecedented societal stability, and it has protected us, often from ourselves or each other, for a very long time.
Don’t abandon it now. Like I said – if it was easy, anybody could be a hero.