Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Defenders of Bill of Rights should unite.

I've been observing the most nonsensical thing in American politics for the past few decades. We have the NRA defending the Second Amendment, gay rights organizations, right-to-die, and abortion rights groups defending the Ninth and Fourteenth, state's rights organizations and limited federalists defending the Tenth, nobody defending the Third, the NAACP defending the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and Twenty-Fourth Amendments, women's groups defending the Fourteenth and Nineteenth Amendments, and the ACLU mostly litigating about the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Amendments with some attention to the others except for the Second. It is amazing to me that it takes so many of these disparate groups, all acting separately from one another, to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution against its sworn officers who refuse or neglect to carry out that oath. And the American people at large don't seem to have grasped that all of these Constitutional issues hang together -- if government breaches one right it can breach any of them.

What we need is an umbrella alliance comprising every organization that is devoted to defense of any part of the Constitution. The whole Constitution is under attack, from those who wield power in both the left wing and the right wing, and it is about time that both liberals and conservatives who have enough intelligence to see what is going on, get organizations like the NRA and the ACLU banded together as a permanent alliance to stop these depredations on our rights and stop governmental abuses of power and procedure.

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