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In Defense of the Constitwotion

Maybe we need to rethink the central document upon which our government stands. A (tongue-in-cheek) proposal.

I'm tired. I spent last week with my students at camp, came home Saturday to some housework that needed to be done, and was the resident staff member at church on Sunday - which meant I preached Sunday morning and was on duty Sunday night. So forgive me if this comes off less eloquent than I hope.

I think it's time we established that our country is no longer serviced by having only one Constitution. As things seem to swing ever farther to the extremes on both sides of the political spectrum, it would appear reasonable to do away with one central document whose carefully crafted language no longer meets our modern day sensibilities, and instead draft two new documents aimed towards the two dominant ideologies currently in power.

I propose we call them the Constitwotion. One for Red State folks. One for Blue State folks.

You can surmise the basic premises for each - Red State rules would be heavy on specific social behaviors deemed "harmful" and on lack of regulatory control for businesses. It wouldn't quite be the old call of small government, but it would hew more towards the modern conservative ideal.

Blue State rules would lean towards a more egalitarian model where everyone contributes his or her fair share and everyone gets the exact same treatment. Everyone. Even the ivory tower types who typically get treated better than everyone else but who push for equality even as they surf the free WiFi at Starbucks on their iPads.

It shouldn't take too long to draft these documents - chances are each party already has something similar in writing as part of the full-contact presidential campaign preparations. Now, instead of having to choose one vision of America or the other for ALL people, we can simply choose to live under one or the other as separate people. When you head into the primaries and you select the party for which you intend to vote, you'll simultaneously be aligning yourself with the Constitwotion under which you want to live.

Clean. Simple. Neat.

Sure, there'll be problems - for instance, most of the rich people who like tax breaks and the ability to shelter their income would be hard pressed to sign up for a Blue State Constitwotion that would tax their wealth and redistribute it to fair market systems, which would severely compromise the Blue State system of government (you gotta generate revenue or cut costs somewhere).

And those people who would happily choose to live under the Red State system might find it a little chafing to have their personal liberties closely monitored and "fine tuned" by the prevailing moral crisis of the moment.

But since we obviously can't work together under one document for all, we need to embrace our destiny and get to work on these two separate but equal documents. Sure, it's like the Civil War without guns, but hey - if you took away the messing fighting and dying and the whole inhumanity of slavery - the idea of two separate nations with two separate ideologies doesn't sound too bad, does it?

It must not, because that seems to be what we're pushing towards anyway.

Just a thought.

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Tammy Osier July 24, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Should we go East / West or North/ South? I'm thinking East /West since there are northern and souther climates to choose from. lol
SOGTP July 25, 2012 at 10:28 AM
I wholeheartily disagree. The constitution as it is allows for blue states and red states. Most of what the feral gub'mint does is unconstitutional. All those things can be done at the state level under the auspices of the 10th Amendment and you would have legitimate blue states and red states. If you live in a blue and want to live in red - move. The same vice versa.
Tammy Osier July 25, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I was speaking tongue in cheek :)
Jason Brooks July 25, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I was thinking we could just let the maps that CNN/FOX News show every election cycle dictate where Red/Blue folks should live...
Sharon Swanepoel July 25, 2012 at 06:57 PM
If they would just return most of the governing that should be with the states, to the states, we would be able to do that with ease. Let the federal govt. do what it was set up to do in the first place and let the rest of us live in our red or blue leaning state according to how we choose our state government officials. Just sayin!.
SOGTP July 26, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Like Sharon.
Tammy Osier July 26, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Ditto!
Liz Kennedy (Editor) July 26, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Double ditto SS!
Jason Brooks July 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Oh, Sharon - you're using logic and reason. That doesn't apply in politics. :)
Dave Tobin July 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Triple ditto SS! Red Skelton once stated in a monologue "…sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people. And it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people."

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