This is to address comments made in recent Letters to the Editor and at recent County Commission meetings regarding support for a proclamation supporting the protection of Constitutional rights.
Who would have thought such a mild statement of support by our local government would be so controversial? Why is this so? What do the small but relatively loud number of opponents have to fear?
Those of us who support this measure, whose numbers are growing daily, simply want an affirmation that when the time comes, our local government officials will act in accordance with the U.S. and Georgia constitutions and uphold the God-given rights of the people. That includes all the people, regardless of their political positions, or any other characteristic or opinion. ALL. Period.
This also includes all the provisions of the Constitution in its present form, including all the amendments — "every jot and tittle." The marvelous thing about this document is despite the fact it contained obvious flaws at the time it was adopted, it also contained within it the means to correct these flaws. That is exactly what has happened over time.
The great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said "be true to what you said on paper." He was talking about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. ALL the provisions. Period. Should these provisions be changed through the proper processes contained within the Constitution, then support extends to that. And if We the People should change our minds about something, then the Constitution can be changed again — it has happened.
Our concern is the same as Dr. Franklin is said to have had upon the adoption of the Constitution — can we keep our Republic? The pandemic period has shown that it is far more fragile than we thought. It is far too easy for individual government officials, some elected but many not, to severely restrict rights clearly enshrined in these Constitutions in the name of "public health." To be clear, these restrictions were imposed by "executive order" (that is, "decree"), without input from the people's closest representatives, the legislative bodies. There is no "law" without the approval of the legislative branch, no matter what level of government.
As the pandemic subsides, unfortunately the idea that restrictions can be placed willy-nilly on the population has not. All you have to do is listen to what's coming out of Washington, D.C. and other places on a daily basis. Just in the past few days, we have heard about even more calls for various bans and prohibitions. We've also heard about cannons, F-15s and nuclear weapons, and even flak jacket-wearing deer. But I digress …
Finally, the accusations, name-calling and personal attacks on those who have different opinions needs to stop. One benefit, I suppose, of the pandemic period was that many parents around the country learned what their kids were really being taught in school. Instead of facts, children are being taught that certain people are "oppressed" or "oppressors" depending upon superficial physical and other characteristics. Substitute "class" for "physical characteristics" and this idea sounds very familiar.
We have seen it before, with devastating results around the world. A firestorm of opposition has erupted, and rightly so. Demonization of fellow Americans for anything other than their mistreatment of others is wrong and divisive, and we will reap the whirlwind if we keep this up. So, just as Jesus instructed us, we fear not — we simply want to ensure that our God-given rights enshrined in the Constitution are protected.