I hope we don’t have to begin to refight all the old battles that we’ve fought and won. If we have to start at the beginning of the Constitution and begin to argue over the First Amendment, I’m afraid we will still be there at the end of time. At some point, people are simply going to have to let go.
Roe v. Wade, for example, is a done deal. If the majority wishes, it can be repealed. But I imagine it will rise again. If people cannot let it go, it will have to be fought over and settled again. This process can also continue until time is no more. In the meantime, other problems will be around to intimidate us.
Voting rights have been to the highest court in the land. Who can and who cannot vote has been decided on. The voting rolls can only be purged by rules that are already in place. Must we argue this matter indefinitely?
Actually, of course, you can turn back the clock, but you can’t turn back the time. You will still be in 2012 not 1950. In order to have things the way you want them, you’ll have to fight the battle again under today’s conditions.
America was a different country a few hundred years ago. White men were the only Americans who had the right to vote. White men held all the power. Today, the country is peopled by individuals of all colors and races. Eligible voters come in all colors and races. Who wins and who loses any office will be determined by those voters.
Some of the people who have a lot of money have decided to try to buy the kind of government they want. Once that happens, America will no longer be ruled by the people. It will be ruled by those who have the most money. It will become a dictatorship or whatever form of government the rulers want it to be. Now that those who want to buy the country no longer have to identify themselves, perhaps our leaders will reign in secret.
Obviously, the people we have chosen to act on our behalf no longer wish to serve us. They wish merely to hold the office. What are we to do in case we encounter a crisis? If our leaders will not act, are citizens to take matters into their own hands? I am sure the Constitution must have provided us with a course to pursue.
Undoubtedly, those who wish to do nothing consider this state of affairs a laughing matter. I doubt that the founders ever considered that the country would be in the hands of a bunch of juvenile delinquents. It is indeed unfortunate that Congressional leadership refuses to assume the position and call his constituents to order.
But truly, since these politicians have chosen to follow the money, we cannot expect our house ever to be in order again. This may be the last election we will ever have that will not be completely overtaken by money and the people who have it. And sadly enough, we cannot depend on the court to set matters right.
For the time being, it looks like we are in a sinking boat. Right now, we are a long way from the shore. Here’s hoping everyone can swim!