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People like to complain. It’s what people do. We lust for fairness and complain bitterly when it isn’t forthcoming. This is nowhere more apparent than in our political discourse.

Generally, the first phrase a person utters when they perceive an unfairness is, “There oughta be a law!” That we’re already awash in laws makes no never-mind. We’ve come to a place where we believe we must address everything in court. We even file suit to test the validity of laws before anyone has actually seen a need to contest them. We ofttimes pass them before anyone really knows there’s a problem. The maxim seems to be “sue now, ask about fairness later”. In the end, many laws become corrupted and fairness is a faint glimmer at the center of the judicial universe.

People also forget. It’s what people do. The pay rapt attention as long as a subject holds their attention. Unfortunately, we all seem to be afflicted with ADD these days.

One of the things people sometimes forget is that laws flow from the government. The prevailing idea of “government” is a huge, unwieldy organization populated by liars, cheats, and charlatans. For most people, government is grossly unfair, corrupt in spades, and completely out of control.

If you’re of this mind, we direct your attention to the preamble of our Constitution – “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

That short opening sets American democracy apart from all other governmental forms that came before, and to a large degree since. It clearly shows the founders believed that true power doesn’t flow from laws, but from the people. It describes a government that is not only for the people and by the people, but IS the people.

It describes a government that is not only for the people and by the people, but IS the people.

Instead of posting the The Ten Commandments in every classroom and courthouse, I think posting those words are much more important. They mean more to the nation than anything that came from the Bible, Torah, or Koran. Because regardless of religion, your sense of fairness, or your moral compass, those 52 words are what make all other things possible.

YOU are the government. YOU directly effect how and which laws are made. YOU shape the democracy every time you discuss an issue with a fellow citizen. Despite the big-money Kleptocracy, YOU are the one who votes and can help direct your elected representation.

So, at the risk of not practicing what I preach, there oughta be at least one more law…if you don’t vote, don’t participate, don’t make your voice heard, you don’t get to complain.

9 thoughts on “Come Join Us Up Here on the Soap Box

  1. Dave,
    You’ll have to go back farther than that. I believe the disagreements started right around 1776 between the state’s rights proponents and federalists. It got a little heated there about 1861 and the 1960s were a bit of a chore too. I suspect there will never be a resolution, but maybe I’m just being cynical.

  2. At some point along the way, people became convinced that it is the government that is the problem, rather than those elected to the government. Much as I’d like to blame Republicans for this, I suspect that they and their “government is bad let’s destroy it” movement are merely an extreme symptom of something started much earlier.
    So I’ll blame Boomers, and the clusterfuck that was the 60’s.

  3. AWESOME post, Poobah! Reminds me why I love you! I totally agree with you and it feels good to hear somebody rant on it. GOOD POINT.

  4. Yes, all children should have to learn the Declaration of Indpendence and the Bill of Rights by heart. And it should be a law that they be posted in all churches…above the ten whatevers.

  5. Them’s mighty fine words, Poobah and you are right, they must be lived before they become just words. I think many people feel disconnected, not part of and definitely not valued. So, it’s out of low self-esteem that so many decide their input doesn’t matter, but they do matter and they do count. Our marketing gurus work very hard to make us think we are not good enough unless we acquire what is being sold, but it’s erroding our entire society. I’d just like to get a stamp and go around stamping, “Good enough” on everyone’s forehead in mirror image, so that everytime one looks in the mirror, we’d get our message through.

  6. YOU are the government. YOU directly effect how and which laws are made. YOU shape the democracy every time you discuss an issue with a fellow citizen. Despite the big-money Kleptocracy, YOU are the one who votes and can help direct your elected representation.

    All I have to say is: WORD.

  7. laws are but fences, needed much but useless unless watched closely, and repaired when broken. smack post pooby.

  8. That would be the day…..preamble to the Constitution in classrooms! Great idea but not going to happen. Elected representatives have sold themselves
    to the lobbyists. There are times when it seems as though we, the people, have ceased to care.

  9. I want less government intrusion. I never believe for one second that we can legislate common sense,intellgience or personal beliefs and justify it. If your dumb enough to have sex without protection you will suffer the consequences, but they should not be unfixable consequences. Everyone should be able to play the fool and fix it. The government should not attempt to tell us what we can and can not do if it only affects the person, not the population as a whole.Legislating personal choice in any arena is wrong, whether its a left or right wing belief.In the old days, when I was a small sprout, they did have the preamble visible in the classroom, and we were forced to learn it. I still remember it to this day, and I am an old fart.Lawsuits are fought by attorneys..the government for the most part is run by attorneys..kill all the attorneys first someone profound once said.

    Thanks for stopping by your holiness 😛

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