I can't express how happy I am to read this.

I've been saying a lot of the same things for years. The Constitution, which I have come to call the Quaint Parchment, is nothing more than a piece of foolscap with no power of its own beyond the willingness of government to enforce it. It comes from a time so unlike the present in so many ways that it may as well be from some medieval dukedom.

At the time America had slaves, suffrage wasn't even an idea, a gun took thirty seconds to fire a second shot, there was no satellite surveillance or nuclear weapons.

Yet people talk about it with such reverence and dismiss events such as we have just seen as impossible because they're contrary to a piece of parchment in the National Archives.

And as yesterday's news shows, it can and will be violated with impunity. Donald Trump was as clearly guilty of the attack on representative government as anyone could want but escaped justice through the choice of sycophantic loyalists to place loyalty to his cult of personality over the Quaint Parchment.

Let us not forget that the Constitution had to be amended before the ink was dry, there have been several dozen amendments, and we had a civil war to iron out a few details and it looks like we are on our way to another. When someone as unfit as Donald Trump can become president and commit crime after crime in front of our eyes then the Constitution is not being enforced, and it really is nothing but a quaint piece of parchment.

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