Whenever people discuss different political things, governmental changes, etc. in the U.S., the Founding Fathers are often brought up. “This was/was not the Founding Fathers’ intent,” is commonly said. The plumb line for said item that is being discussed is whether it lines up with what the Founding Fathers intended.
For example, some feel that the Department of the Interior is “wrong” because it oversteps the role of government according to the Constitution. It’s a ”waste” of resources, etc, since it’s not what the Founding Fathers intended. However, what is it that makes it “wrong?” Is it sinful for a government to have a Department of the Interior? Considering that the Bible doesn’t really talk about national parks , I’m going to say no. But why isn’t these seen as a preference issue rather than a “right/wrong” issue, since we are talking about a constitution, not the Word of God? AND, since the U.S. Constitution calls for a republic, why is it assumed that the only things allowed EVER in the U.S. are the things specifically mentioned in the Constitution, and anything else is WRONG?
Along similar lines, when discussing other countries and their laws, those law are often compared to the U.S. Constitution and our form of government here, and then those laws are deemed “good” or “bad,” depending on how they line up with our Constitution.
What is it that makes us defend our Constution and form of government? For those of us who are born here, is it because we are born here? What about those who are born in Finland? Or Zimbabwe? Or India? Are the people that live in other countries as bent on the “rightness” of their Constitution? Typically people don’t get much of a choice as to what country they live in or the government they are under, so do they automatically defend their form of government (note: NOT their government leaders) simply because they have no other choice?
Also, what makes us think that our form of government is better than, say, Canada’s? From what I can tell, Canada has a republic as well (Carla, correct me if I’m wrong LOL), but it’s also very different from ours, and I have seen the Canadian government criticized by Americans for different policies and laws. (Andrea has corrected me – Canada is a Dominion…see the comments. Thanks, Andrea! But it still applies. ) Yet it’s because those laws are against OUR Constitution, NOT Canada’s. In fact, if you ask the Canadians, they are pretty pleased with those laws. Isn’t that what a republic is all about anyway? Allowing the people to have a say? So why are we complaining about what CANADIANS want to do?
This post probably doesn’t make much sense…I don’t even know if I really have a point. I don’t even know how I feel about all of it myself, especially since I’ve always been pretty conservative when it comes to the U.S. Constitution. These are just some ponderings that I’ve been having for a while….