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Rantings and Ravings


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By TERRY WILLIS
Sun Advocate reporter

This election is shaping up to be a mid term doozy. There already been many political upsets in primary races. Most of these have had the backing of the Tea Party movement.

One of the tenets that this group has been expounding on is the Constitution. As a country, this is the document that we base our laws on.

I admit it has been a while since I read the whole thing. I actually have read the sections on freedom of speech and the right to bear arms recently to make sure I understood those issues.

But the other day while I was reading a rather spirited discussion on a candidate's FaceBook page, I was thrown for a loop after I read a post from someone who really dislikes the candidate he was posting on.

How do I know he disliked him, well he made it very clear and made sure he posted later about the other candidate he would vote for.

So the post that was about something very benign like where the candidate would be speaking turned into an angry rant about the Constitution. After this person said there was something in Article One, Section Eight that made it illegal to own slaves and that they were to be freed in twenty years (after the constitution was adopted) so as not to disrupt the economy. I realized I did not know enough to even know if he was right or way off. So I immediately did a search on the internet to pull up the text of this great document.

Now I read and reread this section after I read the whole document and I could not find anything I could interpret as the same as he seemed to interpret it. I guess that may be both the beauty and the beast of this document.

The 13th Amendment was passed in December of 1865 and that is the passage I found in the Constitution that ended slavery.

Our forefathers certainly made this a document that could be adjusted with the times. It had to be or we would have reached a point years ago when we would have had to discard it and start from scratch.

Nothing can be set in stone. There may be basic tenets that can remain intact and the Constitution put them in place. But there are many aspects of a vibrant society that evolve through time as we gain wisdom and understanding as well as technology and other changes.

With this in mind, we need to be careful we are not swept up in the frenzy of a movement unless we truly know where it is taking us.

If you have not read the Constitution or it has been awhile do it before the elections. And do it first without anyone else's interpretations. Then look at some of the different opinions out there concerning our founding document and make your own judgments.

Beware as you go, because there are some really wild things floating out there concerning the Constitution. There are also some solid scholars as well. But in the end it is for you do your own homework before you decide and then vote.

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