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Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mind  #109: Constitution Much?

Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mind #109: Constitution Much?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – The Constitution of the United States of America, Amendment 1, enacted 1791, up for virtual repeal, Fall 2020.

Our Constitution is supposed to be the supreme law of our land, yet the above paragraph has never carried the full weight of law, certainly not as written. That’s a shame, as these 45 words are very specific, clear-cut, and quite elegant. They mean we can’t pass laws that favor individual religious philosophies, no matter how unpopular they may be, or laws that obstruct other religious philosophies, no matter how popular.

Freedom of religion always means freedom from somebody else’s religion: your right to exercise your religious beliefs ends where the next person’s religious rights begin, and so on to all 332,000,000 Americans. It does not say “except for Mormons, Santerians, Scientologists, Muslims, Jews, and whomever else offends the beliefs of those who run things.” Marginalizing them as “cults” is bigotry.

Therefore, Supreme Court designate Amy Coney Barrett is, arguably, the most unAmerican and most dangerous person in the nation today.

This is not because Ms. Barrett is conservative. Some of my best friends, as they say, are conservative. It is because she is fully committed to ramming her specific religious predilections down everybody else’s throats. According to the New York Times, she is a member of the People of Praise group and is accountable to a personal adviser, called a “head” if male and a “handmaid” if female. Husbands are the heads of their wives and therefore run the family. Current and former members say that these advisers direct all important decisions, including who its followers can date or marry, where they can live, whether to take a job, and how to raise their children. Continue reading “Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mind #109: Constitution Much?”

Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #057: Beneath Contempt and Beyond the Pale

Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #057: Beneath Contempt and Beyond the Pale

The Democratic Party keeps on telling us that most Americans are too stupid to understand the different between impeachment and an impeachment trial. Underestimating the public and coming off as if they are smarter than the average citizen is among the Democrat’s greatest failings, and, clearly, they have not learned the most important lesson from the 2016 campaign.

Like just about everything else, there’s some truth to this one, but it’s overstated. The impeachment process is easy to understand: the House acts as a grand jury, the Senate acts as the jury. It’s just that simple. Instead of calling the electorate ignorant, the Democrats should adopt this line as their mantra. Continue reading “Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #057: Beneath Contempt and Beyond the Pale”

Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #010: We Can Be Heroes

Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #010: We Can Be Heroes

Well, here we go again. The morons are being led around by their nose rings.

Seriously. How many people actually think “taking a knee” disrespects the military or the American flag? And, Crom knows, why? The flag isn’t a rule book; it stands for the values that have made this nation great. You know, values such as freedom of religion, freedom of expression, the right to own guns, freedom not to be forced to house soldiers, the right to be secure in “persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures…” And that’s just the first four amendments to the United States Constitution. They were passed in 1791.

Here’s an absolute fact: no matter who or what granted you any freedom(s), you do not possess those freedoms until you have successfully exercised those freedoms. For example, just try to buy a new car in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin on any Sunday. It’s illegal. It can’t be done. Even for those with a rudimentary understanding of the American language, blue laws are antithetical to the United States Constitution. I should have the same right to buy a car from any open dealership on a Sunday as the next person has on a Saturday. Stop ramming your religious ideals down my throat; they are yours and not constitutionally mine.

Which brings us to Colin Kaepernick.  Continue reading “Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #010: We Can Be Heroes”