What an honor it is to live in the United States. I am so proud and privileged to have the right to live here. Today is Constitution Day. A day when we honor the living document which is the final arbiter of the law of the land here in our United States of America. When I think of the Constitution my first thought is really not to the underlying document. I do not think so much about our tripartite government system of checks and balances. As important as those institutions and controls are to our very freedom, the first thing I think about when mentioning the Constitution is the Bill of Rights.
I think about Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion. It is probably just my own juvenile understanding of the depth of the many parts of this fantastic document that makes me focus on the most obvious of Rights, but hey, that's where I focus. So be it. And to be honest, those freedoms are being attacked as we speak and I can't help but feel like I am a part of the attack. I do not want the Cordoba House Mosque built near ground zero in New York. I had a knee jerk reaction against it and I have intellectualized my emotions and tried hard to be on the "side" of our Constitution and give these allegedly "peaceful" Muslims the right to worship and congregate lawfully in whatever commercial spots are properly zoned for that activity. I want to be a "Principled" American. Our President seems to stand firmly on this academic ground. I am not so cerebral as to be able to separate my emotional reaction to what I feel is right and wrong from my intellectual processing of rights and duties. There is a disconnect that I could not get over.