Down on the Ground with the Constitution

By George Sibley

At the coffee shop a few months back, one of the local Tea Partiers slapped a petition down on my table: “We want all government officials to adhere to the Constitution of the United States.”

Well – what’s to disagree with there? I signed it. But I was left with the uneasy feeling that I should have asked some questions first. Like, which government officials do you think are not adhering to the Constitution? What do you mean by “adhere”? Et cetera.

To the best of my knowledge that petition never went anywhere, but a month later, the same guy was petitioning to recall all of our County Commissioners – for, among other sins, not adhering to the Constitution. I didn’t sign that one.

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The Bill of Rights is Dead

Essay by Gary Norton

Constitution – July 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

As a former teacher of American history, I apologize to the students I put through the torture of retaking tests on the Constitution and Bill of Rights until they could earn an 82% or higher grade. A rebellious student was right (and I, the teacher, was wrong), when he declared that it was pointless to learn our rights when those rights existed only on paper and not in the real world of the modern United States.

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