The Constitution Versus Freedom
I was dating a young woman, and, not for the first time in my life among people, I expressed an opinion she didn’t like. She replied, “You know, until now I thought a lot of you.”
My reply was, quite sincerely, “If your good opinion is that easily lost, I’d rather not be burdened with it.” She changed her tune abruptly, but I was not using this as a debate point. As usual, my best debate point is expressing the exact truth in a way that shows how silly the other person is being.
That is one of the reasons I watch out for Wordism. A person whose morality is in a book may read another book and suddenly decide he has misinterpreted the one he already worships, as Bob Jones IV declared when he abandoned the Confederate flag at just the right time financially.
Remember, this person has no loyalty to you or yours whatsoever. To anything but his words, be they a set of books or Mommy Professor or a single book, he is a psychopath. Like a sociopath, his word means nothing.
The Word is everything, HIS word is nothing.
The Constitution was once a contract. With a contract, you either go by the original intent of the wording or you change the wording. But in our terms we have gone from a constitution to a Constitution, from something which means what it says to something that means what someone is assigned to interpret.
So what is the Constitution? Does it guarantee us anything, the way we use the term? No, it is now Wordist.
Hitler and Stalin both simply interpreted their respective Constitutions. Hitler invoked the Emergency Clause in the Weimar Constitution. He simply said the emergency was permanent. That is what Franklin Roosevelt did when he ran for a third term. Like Hitler, he said that it was up to him to decide when the emergency ends, and it didn’t end until he was buried.
As for Stalin, I keep repeating that the Soviet Constitution of 1936 made that written at Philadelphia look like totalitarianism. Very few people really knew what was in it. Among other things, the Soviet Constitution of 1936 gave every Republic the right to secede peacefully.
If you can imagine Stalin’s reaction if the Ukraine tried to seceded in 1937, you realize that he put a somewhat different INTERPRETATION on that clause.
But when republics began to secede, practically nobody realized that that right was included in the Soviet Constitution that was still in effect. Cartoons made fun of independence movements in the Republics, showing Estonians singing “Dixie” and wearing Confederate uniforms, making fun of the whole thing.
Then they ALL seceded.
This shows the essential difference between a constitution as a contract and Constitution as a matter of “interpretation.” Under Wordism, all that matters is who has power. When Stalin ruled, we all know what his perfect Constitution meant. When the Republics got the upper hand they “interpreted” it for themselves.
That is how Wordism works. That is how good the word of a Wordist is.
A constitution is a contract between honest people. A Constitution is five of nine people in dresses and a president willing to follow orders.
We have a Constitution. The constitution has long since been repealed.