Constitutional Crisis

“On December 13, 1952, the Constitution and the Declaration were placed in helium-filled cases, enclosed in wooden crates, laid on mattresses in an armored Marine Corps personnel carrier, and escorted by ceremonial troops, two tanks, and four servicemen carrying submachine guns down Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues to the National Archives. Two days later, President Harry Truman declared at a formal ceremony in the Archives Exhibition Hall.

“We are engaged here today in a symbolic act. We are enshrining these documents for future ages. This magnificent hall has been constructed to exhibit them, and the vault beneath, that we have built to protect them, is as safe from destruction as anything that the wit of modern man can devise. All this is an honorable effort, based upon reverence for the great past, and our generation can take just pride in it.””

Between 1787 and 1952 the Constitution was revered. Even in 1987 when I was the Vice Chair of the Los Angeles Federal Executive Board, Constitution Bicentennial Committee, we treated it with a Great Respect and worked hard to ensure that we would celebrate it in a suitable fashion.

Tea Party 07 Graph

If you’re an idiot like me, you were absolutely fascinated by the Dr Paul campaign live donation clock.  Image how many people stayed up late to start donating at midnight  to the “Tea Party 07” project.  Not tea party like tea and crumpets, but TEA PARTY like let’s have a tax protest.  A peaceful little gathering of a few hundred thousand people who wanted to throw tea in the harbor.  Fascinating.

Since starting to observe politics in the early 80’s, I have never seen anything like this.  It gives me hope that we will actually be able to have a President that has the same reverence for the Constitution that I do.

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