America is under threat.
This simple sentence can no longer be denied.
No matter how powerful a nation she becomes, no matter how large her military or how effective her weaponry she cannot eradicate the spectre of fundamentalism that threatens the very core of her society, that threatens the American people.
The threat does not come from the wider group of believers, those who are prepared to view their beloved guidelines in an interpretative manner and accept some change, but, from a small core of radical fundamentalists who swear allegiance to an ancient, out of date work.
These people, these ignorant, heartless, “true” believers care not for the lives of others who do not believe as they do, they care neither for the lives, the well-being nor the grief of those they share society with. They have special derogatory terms for the non-believers and those who do not follow their “purer” view.
The fundamentalist cares not for wider meanings or other interpretation just as he cares not for the suffering of his fellow man. They care only for their own self-serving view and argue vociferously for the sections they determine to be important, the parts that reaffirm their values and lifestyle choices whilst shouting down and diminishing the views of those who dare to disagree, labelling them not worthy or traitors.
They have declared a Jihad on those that dare to oppose them.
These hard liners have happily cast aside the kinder, more liberal aspects of the tome to focus in, with laser guided precision, on the worst aspects of it and fight for the preservation of certain sections whilst happily dismissing others; they have sworn to dedicate themselves wholly and without doubt to its out of date message with an irrational fervour and crazed a desire to enforce the adherence of others to it.
They, the bedazzled, refute the idea that something written so long ago should now be discarded or altered to reflect life in the modern world. They do not, and cannot, acknowledge that this is a work written by people who lacked the prescience to see how words meant to free could now have come to enslave and words meant protect have now come to cause harm.
The authors could not foresee how society would change, how the world would move forward and the damage those words would come to inflict when they put pen to parchment, but, the zealot cares not for this.
Is it not true that no man can see the future and certainly not see so far into the future so as to be able to write guidance and stricture for a life centuries in the future.
Every year these fundamentalists are directly and indirectly responsible for countless deaths and maimings and, to these eyes, those who themselves do not commit murder are surely as guilty as those who do for they are the enablers, they provide the cover and through their shared belief facilitate those who do choose to harm others.
They blatantly disregard the value of men, women and children whose innocent lives are destroyed and irrevocably altered by the sworn allegiance of a few; these innocent lives are sacrificed on the altar of irrational belief and blind allegiance.
The few at the top of the caliphate, those who profit from their followers devotion, use the platform granted them to sell lies and fears to the less intelligent so that they may retain power and continue to personally profit whilst blood is shed.
The President, through all this, sits idly by.
He does not use the harsh language death and destruction demand of him, he does not say what others, and I suspect he himself, really think or yearn to say.
He has been emasculated by their caliphates power.
He does not bravely or bluntly call these people out for what they are, fools living in times gone by, scared and confused into illogical decision by men richer in intellect, power and wealth, but, poorer in compassion and moral value; he softens his words, pays deference to them, couches his language so as not to offend.
The jihad against logic by the constitutional fundamentalist represents the greatest threat there is to the safety of every American. The death toll of their belief far outstrips that of terrorism, be it domestic, Islamic or all forms of terrorism added together!
These devotees to the second amendment disregard the importance of the very document that founded their nation, The Declaration of Independence, and its guarantees of certain inalienable rights, “among which are the preservation of life”.
More importantly they deny the importance of article 5 of the paper they claim to be sacrosanct, they pay no service to the right of congress to make amendment to the constitution and as such it is suffocated by these fanatics, the pillow of their inflexibility is held over the constitution’s face until it’s nothing more than a musty lifeless corpse trapped in the era of muskets and lawlessness.
They refuse to acknowledge the provisions contained within this article even though it is supported by the “necessary and proper” clause of article 1. They are studiously ignoring addendum meant to enable congress to breathe life into their beloved constitution from time to time, these articles were intended to resuscitate the constitution and ensure it remains a living breathing document that retains some semblance of relevance to the modern world and life, and when fresh air isn’t injected into its lungs the lives of the citizens and the document itself are stifled.
I think it’s time for someone to stand up to these fundamentalists, fantasists with images of cowboys and Dirty Harry filling their heads and living in times gone by, to ask tough questions of their devout belief and to demand answers to the following questions:
“How can you say this document is still relevant to the modern world when it says a black slave is worth three fifths of a free man, even in its amended form how can you claim this to be anything other than archaic?”
Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons
Why does someone not ask:
“When the third amendment so clearly has no relevance to modern society why must the second be so strictly adhered to; why can it not be adjudged the same?”
“No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law”
How about asking:
“ In a time when the people are protected by the largest, best equipped and highest funded military in the world, when there are state, county and federal law enforcement bodies and every state and territory has its own branch of the national guard where is the need for a well regulated militia?”
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Maybe follow it up with:
“Does the existence of the National Guard not satisfy the intention of the provision and does the right to join the National Guard not, in every way, fulfil the true meaning of the second amendment?”
Only 31% of US households now contain a gun.
81% of Americans say that gun control will be an important issue in determining which Congressional candidate to vote for.
91% of Americans say that there should be at least minor restrictions on gun ownership;
57% of Americans say that there should be major restrictions or a ban.
39 people, excluding suicides, were shot and killed between 12.01am on the 14th of June and 11am EST on the 16th of June when I wrote this.
The Orlando massacre may have attracted international attention and yes, America once more mourns, but, nothing changes and the epidemic of systemic gun violence.
It will never end as long as America panders to a handful of fundamentalists and en masse the electorate demand more from their representatives to end gun violence.
Demand more of representatives who take the pro-gun lobbyists money to vote against the gun control the majority want then tweet their “thoughts and prayers”.