to our National Constitution.
IF the wise framers of this document had thought this issue was that important, wouldn't they have incorporated it from the outset?
2. National pride and patriotism
are indeed expected ... but can it be mandated by any addition to our Constition?
3. What is more important to you .... our Symbol of Liberty, or Pure Freedom Itself? In 1989 our Supreme Court of the land ruled in favor of the later.
4. Majority Rules? Polls say 80
percent favor the amendment (majority) but as Paul Harvey says: Now the
"REST OF THE STORY" when told this would be the very first amendment to
RESTRICT First Amendment freedoms the support was ONLY 38 Percent! (not
5. America was founded on individual rights. Even though we can strongly disagree with the views of others our country has gotten along by using TOLERANCE.
TOLERANCE is what the people of
our country have had to deal with since Day One of our founding. Tolerance
of people with different religions, political ideals, customs, languages,
skin color and life styles.
6. The Penalties? Ok, if this amendment
DOES get passed ... what will be the courts idea of a proper penalty? Will
it be akin to a parking violation? A misdeanor, a felony? Time served,
and probation? $25 fine, a hand slapping and admonishion to not do it again?
A year in jail? 10 years? Life imprisonment? or The Firing Squad?
After again reviewing the NASAA by-laws and statements of purpose I also reviewed the chain of letters prior to my own posting. I think what might have set me off first was the one letter that said in effect "the NASAA" should do such and such .... IF he meant INDIVIDUALY as single members ... fine! But if he meant as a GROUP .... then I was against it from the git go!
That was NOT in the interest of ALL the members of the NASAA. We are still individuals with individual ideas, ideals, and views. Other letters posted views of their own, which they are indeed entitled to ... but when glaring statements are made with blatant errors of FACT then I was set off. I needed to help clear the air by voicing my own views and trying to point out the wrongful statements made by others. (and possibly muddying the waters in the process!) Perhaps they believed they were making a true statement of fact .... facts in their own minds .... but not necessarily true facts.
Then I was gently admonished that this debate could cause a division of our troops, not my goal indeed! More letters were being posted and true to form .... some missed the mark, again stating ideas, half truths, using unsupported or incomplete data. It's easy to use numbers to your own cause ... just ask Mr. Perot!
This is indeed a very emotional
issue, lets keep our heads clear, our minds open and follow our own ideals
WITHOUT stepping on the rights and freedoms of others.