The Chief Answers Questions

Someone recently sent me some questions having found my email address on this blog. The questions were short but my answers turned out to be long, so I’m posting them here. Surprisingly, the questions weren’t about religion or atheism.

[A]s a free thinking American, do you believe in our founding principals based on the constitution or do you believe that it is a progressing document that is outdated?

First, I feel many of the founding principles have not been realized. Certainly a founding principle of freedom and equality didn’t begin to become realized for non-whites until the Emancipation Proclamation, and women had to wait until the 20th century for voting rights. Arguably both are still waiting for that founding principle to be fully realized, and they’re not alone. Just ask the gay community.

Second, I believe we’ve also lost site of some of those founding principles. Obviously for me, the one that comes to mind is the separation of church and state. The inclusion of “god” in our national motto, at the end of national oaths for offices, armed service and citizenship, the National Day of Prayer, Office of Faith Based Initiatives, Christian iconography such as mangers and 10 commandments displayed on government property, chaplains in the military and opening sessions of Congress (which I believe Madison, architect of the Constitution, was against), and of course the hijacking and raping of the Pledge of Allegiance by sullying it with “under god”.

So I don’t see your framing of the issue as an either/or. I am a believer in the founding principles of the Constitution, but I don’t see them realized yet. Moving towards that realization may seem progressive, but instead I find it should be called conservative, for it’s realizing the intentions of the Founders, not intentions that are new. The Constitution isn’t outdated, but many interpretations of it and laws created to realize it are.

Also, do you think socialism is a better system or the country or that capitalism (albeit regulated capitalism) is a better system?

Once again, I’m going to object to an either/or question. I certainly feel both can coexist, and have so for decades. We have SS, Medicare, welfare, CHIP, public education, grants and loans to businesses as well as individuals for higher education, and hopefully one day universal healthcare. Coexisting, you have private retirement funds, healthcare, education and institutions where you businesses and individuals can get loans. The so-called Free Market never has been truly free, and for good reason. If the lessons weren’t learned from the late 19th and early 20th century here in America, or recently in the burgeoning market in China bringing us lead painted toys and poison toothpaste, our current economic crisis should make it painfully obvious that the market can’t be free and it can’t be trusted to regulate itself. A government presence and intervention will always be necessary.

I think that your Chiefs and our Eagles will be watching the SB from the sidelines again this year, unfortunately….

I agree, but at least my Chiefs are rebuilding, meaning they’re on the road to improvement. Sadly, I think the Eagles are going in the other direction and that it’s inevitable they’ll have to start rebuilding. First thing I’d do is unload McNabb. He’s a bum. I think you might see Reid’s job in jeopardy soon, too.

Also, at least I’ve had the opportunities to see the Chiefs embarrass the Broncos and Tony Gonzalez break yet another NFL record previously held by the former Bronco Shannon Sharpe. Suck it, Broncos! :)

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5 Responses to “The Chief Answers Questions”

  1. The first question is stupid. How can a document be “progressing.” Your answer is on the money, but I’d expand it slightly. Like all living documents, including the bible and Shakespeare’s plays, the Constitution is always open to interpretation by its current users. However, “interpretation” must be based on what the text actually says, rather than some fanciful ideas the reader is trying to dig out “between the lines.” For example: In the First Amendment, “no law” means no law. I don’t see how that can be spun, as the theocrats do, to mean “some laws.”

    The second question is also stupid. Our economic system is neither socialistic nor capitalistic. We’ve never had a free market in America. But even in a totally free market, fraud, theft, extortion, and blackmail are crimes. We’re clearly not socialistic, despite all the phony fear on the right, because the recipients of governmental financial largesse have almost always included cronies of the powers-that-be. Therefore, neither “capitalism” nor “socialism” describes our economic system, which is, as of today, closest to fascism: of the state, by the state, for the state — or, in Republican terms — “Country First.”

    As far as the third question: Every idiot knows that the founding fathers, whether they were capitalists or socialists, rooted for the patriots. Most of them also liked the eagles, although Benjamin Franklin preferred turkeys. It’s indisputable that just about all of them hated the chiefs.

  2. Well the Chiefs tended to side with the French, which everyone KNOWS is inherently unAmerican. The Patriots are certainly America’s team, because they’ve embraced cheating for years, and it seems cheating is very American.

    On a serious note, I did forget to mention that the Constitution can be viewed as a living or “progressing” document in the sense that amendments can be made. The Founders recognized both that that would be necessary in the future and also that it shouldn’t be taken lightly, which is why it ain’t easy to get one passed. Ask the yahoos who want amendments to deny Gays equal rights, women rights to their bodies or anyone else the right to burn a US flag. Didn’t we learn our lesson after that silly 18th Amendment? The Constitution isn’t to be fucked with on silly whims.

  3. Just don’t forget what unregulated government spending does to Capitalism. Government programs either need to be fully regulated if they are backed with tax dollars or the taxation funding for them needs to be cut off if they are to be deregulated.

    Then there’s also the perpetual motion principles of banks creating money out of loan-debt. Our money is 10% backed by commodities and 90% backed by IOUs that can never be paid off right now. That’s not capitalism, it’s socialised consumerism getting out of control.

    Our corporations seriously need to start producing commodities back here in the US once again….there’s more to that thought later!

  4. I agree, but whether institutions receive federal funds or not, they still need to be regulated. There are far too many stories of bean counters and their cost/benefit analysis where court settlements and payoffs were considered better than paying more to have a safer product or service. Furthermore, if you think any healthcare provider actually cares about you and your health, you’re nuts.

    Of course we’ve also seen how regulation can be circumvented through those reports not long ago about those in the Interior getting payoffs, sometimes with sex and drugs, from oil companies. Who watches the watchers?

    Btw, have you seen the video Money as Debt?

  5. Yes, I watched that video, good stuff even if oversimplified.

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