Monday, April 18, 2011

The Tyranny of Founders

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) at a subcommittee hearing on defending DOMA:
No one can seriously believe that the constitution's authors intended to create a right to same-sex marriage.
i remember hearing repeatedly during the Bush years that the Constitution wasn't a death pact.  Yet here we are, with Republicans insisting that we're entirely bound by what they imagine the Founding Fathers intended for us, as if we're not allowed to have any say over our own society. 

Does democracy mean nothing to them?  Is the Will of the People truly meant to be subservient to the invisible hand of the Founding Fathers and what we interpret their wishes to be?  Perhaps if that were the case, the Founding Fathers might have thought to have written that into the Constitution or something; along with the part about how our laws need to be based upon the Bible and how the government is allowed to take away the liberties of non-Christians and anyone who might sympathize with them.  Somehow, none of that was written into my Constitution.

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