Mark Defends the Constitution of the United States
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The Republicans who control our One-Party Federal Government — in the House (especially Tom Delay), in the Senate, and on the courts (including the Supreme Court, especially Antonin Scalia), and those who pull the strings of our puppet President (Dick Cheney and Karl Rove) — hate the United States Constitution because it is the only thing restraining their complete and ultimate power. They could amass much greater wealth and power and develop a real Taliban-like theocracy if it weren’t for the pesky restraints of this 216-year-old document to which all officeholders in the U.S.A. are required to swear allegiance.
And unlike those who would pledge allegiance to a “flag,” the Constitution is a real document, with real restrictions, and is really difficult to change.
Right-wingers are taught by Rush Limbaugh, paid propagandists, and other professional prevaricators to revere the Constitution — which they have rarely read and never studied — even as they seek to undermine it. Using the sad truth that “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” they repeat the talking points they have heard — things like “strict constructionism”, and “let the Senate vote on judges” and “gay marriage and universal health care aren’t in the Constitution” and “Bush won the Election of 2000” — with strikingly little knowledge of the text, history, and power of this one short document that is the last roadblock to their takeover of America.
Today, Mark, a Yale-trained Constitutional Lawyer, defends the Constitution and illustrates in detail its continuing relevance and importance to our lives and to our battle against tyranny. Grab your pocket Constitution and wield it like a weapon, because it is far more powerful than a gun and one of the last defenses we have.
And to those who would destroy this finely crafted system of checks and balances, separation of powers, individual rights, and equality under the law, Mark dares you to call in. BRING IT ON!