When I was a youngster, before and during World War II and into the relative peace that followed, students were taught classes in how our government works, we learned the Constitution and Bill of Rights, we learned history of the US, we were taught history before 1776, in Europe and much of the world. Naturally, we were bored, but we learned. We knew who our representatives were in Senate and Congress and what they were supposed to be doing. We knew the President’s job, and how the Supreme court was intended to work, to remove unconstitutional laws from the books.
*Now, when talking with youth, mention of the Constitution often draws a blank look. None of the above seems to get more than a casual mention somewhere in the curriculum. I’ve been writing for years, urging We the People to get a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America and read and discuss it with others. As I’ve watched what is happening in our government in the 21st Century, I’ve urged people to read German history from the 20s through the war. Then you will have no surprises as to what is going on today, for we seem to be using the same playbook that Hitler and his minions used to remove the civil rights of the German People, which was replaced by the Enabling Acts right after the Reichstag Fire was set by the SS and blamed on a Dutch carpenter who was supposed to be a Communist.
*In this country, 911 was followed shortly by the illegal, unconstitutional and misnamed Patriot Act, which removed or curtailed much of our Constitution. This was followed by yet more draconian legislation which further disgraced our Constitution. When our Constitution was written, a method was included on how it could be amended. There is no provision for amendments by Legislative or Executive Fiat, but that is now the way all of these illegal laws and rules are put into effect, often by a tweet in the night from a person who does not read, has no point except his own gratification and cares not a whit for the damage he is doing to not only this country, but to the world, to the earth that sustains us.
*I am heartened to see actual legislation to overturn these illegal laws being introduced. I rejoice to see much of the youth of today, world-wide, demonstrating and working on legislation to overturn much of this garbage. I hope this is happening in time, for the fascists that now control much of the earth are increasing their military, and using them against their own people when they feel it is necessary. That includes right here at home.
*So, I applaud and praise those brave legislators trying to turn this mess around. I am happy to see the streets beginning to fill with people who are “Mad as Hell and aren’t going to take it anymore!”
*I hope there are enough in the military who will refuse to take illegal orders to kill or imprison their fellow citizens who won’t follow their sick leaders. But then, I think back to Germany between the wars, when many thousands of German Citizens died for the crime of disagreeing with Hitler’s Nazi Third Reich, wanting their freedom back, their civil rights back.
*I hope and pray that that won’t happen here, but it will take We the People, working together to prevent it.