Worse than ObamaCare
The U.S. Constitution is, in my opinion, one of the most amazing and important documents ever written. It describes the organization of a federal government with clarity and brevity.
With the inclusion of the 13th and 14th amendments, it is practically perfect. Because of its checks and balances on the powers of the government and the freedoms it identifies, it is the primary cause for the greatness that is our country.
In the Whispers column " Portrait of concern " (March 25 and TribLIVE.com), much is made of a painting by Provo, Utah-based artist Jon McNaughton, "One Nation Under Socialism," which portrays President Obama holding a burning copy of the U.S. Constitution.
Like other people, I find it difficult to believe that President Obama has been referred to, in his days as a lawyer, as a constitutional scholar or expert. His comments after the Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United case made me wonder if he had ever even heard of the First Amendment .
Still, it should be remembered that the single most offensive attack on freedom and the U.S. Constitution, the "Patriot" Act, was a bipartisan affair led by Republican President George W. Bush. This cowardly and despicable assault on human dignity and freedom continues to be viewed as a necessary tool of government by people who feel free to wrap themselves in an American flag while they ignore and disdain the principles and freedoms that are the birthright of every American.
When the Patriot Act is burned to oblivion, then I will worry about President Obama's health-care legislation and the individual goals of other small-minded politicians.
Andrew N. Mewbourn
The writer is currently living and working in Ulan Baatar, Mongolia.
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