"Pity the poor US constitution. It is the seminal document of our tattered republic, an instrument of legal ambiguity so susceptible to multiple interpretations that it makes the Bible look like a science textbook. It is hailed and hosannahed as a sacred and inviolable text, even though amendments have been made and unmade. It is used to support every position under the sun, from upholding the property rights of slavers to denouncing the consummate illegality of the south's 'peculiar institution'.
Currently, much hubbub over the second amendment and its supposed protection of the rights of every crackerhead redneck this side of Biloxi to possess semi-automatic assault rifles is being made, as Obama prepares to "take our guns away". The fact that the historic context in which the archaic language of that amendment was first crafted has long since disappeared troubles not these white trash Neoconderthals. They want guns so that when Obama suspends the constitution and sends the Army after all those weapons stashed in trailer parks around the nation, the TeaBagger patriots will be ready for 'em.
The easy solution to all this is to abolish the second amendment or revise it considerably to reflect modern reality, but this will happen when AR-15s are used exclusively to shoot pigs out of the stratosphere. The truth is that the constitution, like everything else in Wonderland, is all talk and no walk. Its ideals and hoary pronouncements have been routinely ignored when expedient (when was the last time Congress declared war?) and interpreted which every way the political, social and cultural winds were blowing. It is so elastic and fungible that Silly Puddy looks like quenched steel by comparison.
The constitution has justified every sin and crime of these United States, from slavery to Indian genocide to the suppression of workers, immigrants and minorities. It is a mirror by which all the hypocrisies of the Empire can be filtered, purified and exonerated. It is the tool, plaything and template by which the plutocrats on Wall Street can forge their Machiavellian schemes to loot Main Street. It will outlast the Empire, of course, like Hammurabi's stele, but like that Mesopotamian ruler's legal code, it will be a museum piece reminding the future of what men will say to justify their sins."
Texas (Jan 17, '13)