What got this rant started? Here is the short story. After I read a post, Re-writing the Constitution to our demise, over at Cry and Howl, I commented here. After lobotero replied, I clicked the link he had left in reply to a comment from Cry and Howl and visited this post, Checks And Balances.
‘s post is about checks and balances. Hence the picture above, but checks and balances do not — can not — protect us from each others abuses. Honorable men and women do that. That’s why I ended this comment with these words.
Can I offer you a perfect solution for the problem of government? Is the Constitution perfect? No and no. To create a perfect government we would need to be perfect. Then we would need no government. Meanwhile, the best we can do is elect honorable people, people who will strive to keep the oath to support and defend the Constitution.
In the 18th century, being honorable meant you kept your word. Today it does not seem to mean that. That is a problem for which “those 18th century aristocrats and white men of relative wealth” had no solution.
What if through some miracle we put together the perfect committee of men and women and they wrote the perfect Constitution? What if our country approved that perfect Constitution? What if our elected leaders swore to support and defend that perfect Constitution? What if our elected leaders lied, and We the People did not care? Would our circumstances be any different from what we see today?
In the 18th Century, when men and women defined honor, they looked to the Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV). In their eyes, when someone strove to live by the teachings in the Bible, that person was worthy of being honored. Today too few of us know what the Bible says.