The Constitution- Hallowed be thy name?

The Constitution is kind of a unique thing in American minds.  In a nation where change is constant, where people and institutions will change their political, theological and ideological stance whenever the wind blows, in American conservative politics the Constitution is held up as this inviolate document that does not change…  Ironic given that it came to life only because of its changes- the Bill of Rights.  One of the greatest powers the Constitution has is its flexibility.  It has defined what it means to be human, detailing what every human being should possess, but everything else is open to change, to the solemn understanding that circumstances can and do evolve.  In short, it has admitted, with its very existence, that it can be wrong- and it reserves its right to change as needed.

In this light, I find it funny and tragic, that groups like the Tea Party keep pushing for unilateral adherence to the Constitution under the premise that we have strayed too far from our roots, i.e., changed with the times…  Just my two cents.

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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