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The Bill for those Rights

Dear Sir,

In looking back at the discussion at Monday’s Professional Development there were a number of issues that left me, frustrated, angry and confused.


My confusion lies in our use of the Bill of Rights as a springboard for a discussion on morality and ethics …? At the core of it, we’re talking about a document that was written by a group of murderous, slave owning thugs (aka lawyers) with rules that were written to protect their criminal, and morally devoid enterprises. Is there any wonder why the words “morals” or “ethics” are not to be found anywhere in the Bill of Rights? Nor is there any mention for protections for women or children; or any mention of proper health care, or education for the masses.


As for the issue of slavery not being signed into the Bill; history has repeatedly said Jefferson wanted to include an amendment but he kowtowed to the South.  The southern delegations basically told him, “Look Jeff, we know you’re getting your salad tossed by that Sally Hemmings gal, but don’t fuck with our territory, and how we run it!” (The classic negotiation tactics of gangsters.) So, is it any great wonder that the great majority of the BOR deals with the rights of the accused in criminal activities, and not the fundamental welfare of “the people”?


And while there is no provision for education in the BOR, even at a fundamental level, we as a country must keep “a well-regulated militia”.  With these founding “principles”; there’s no wonder in the fact that this country only spends 2 – 3 % of its’ revenue on education, and some 15 – 20% of its’ budget on the military.  Likewise, since November 2016, the stock value of the three largest U.S. defense contractors has risen by 20 – 80%.  So, while it may be nice to “write a new constitution” that gets rid of assault weapons during a PD, that shit ain’t gonna happen, because we as a country would rather spend money on bombs and bullets, rather than backpacks and books (as written in 1791).


Just needed to vent.
LobodeSanPedro
Author's Note
Written after the workshop on morality, ethics and the Bill of Rights, that was led by one of my bosses. I sent my reply out to the entire staff of 100+.

Somewhere in there is a poem ... or...
Written after the workshop on morality, ethics and the Bill of Rights, that was led by one of my bosses. I sent my reply out to the entire staff of 100+.

Somewhere in there is a poem ... or maybe a play about the children of color who didn’t walk out of school during the anti gun protests.  Can you guess why?
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