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Monday, December 26, 2011

Janice Daniels wants liberty...but only for those she likes

I have gotten very far behind postings. This is a beautiful commentary John K delivered to the mayor on December 5, 2011, based on Janice's OpEd in the Oakland Press of Aug. 23, 2009.

Madam Mayor,
Over the past few years, your refrain has been synonymous with the Tea Party, claiming that, if given the reins of power, you would restore the limitations on Troy's government, as outlined in the U.S. Constitution. This is, of course, grounded in the claim that the Tea Party has THE rightful, true understanding of the Founding Fathers and their vision.
This is vague. So I've searched for a greater understanding of what the Tea Partiers believes and what they claim the Constitution guarantees.
My search led me to an Oakland Press editorial, published August 23, 2009, in which a Tea Party member stated that in a free society, we have, not only the individual right to think, but to act and live as we choose.
The author of that editorial is one Janice Daniels of Troy, Michigan.
You continued “a free thinking, responsible adult will never infringe upon the right of another free thinking, responsible adult to live their life the way they choose in peace.”
So your understanding of the constitution frees you to demand that others not tell you how to think, act or live as long as you live within rule of law.
Yet your comment about marriage equality reveals that you do not grant the same courtesy to others.
So answer me, Madam Mayor: Are we reading the same Constitution?
Because the Constitution I read requires us to come together, to form a more perfect union and promote domestic tranquility.
Because the Constitution I read requires us to treat each other equally, regardless of race, creed, color or orientation.
Because the Constitution I read does not disparage the rights reserved to the people, including the right to marry the person we love.
I see now that your claimed “love” of the Constitution is mere sloganeering, a rallying cry for bigotry and foolishness.
Yours is a Constitution of hypocrisy, which tells others how to live while claiming superior rights for yourself.
Instead of paying lip service to the Constitution and construing it as a weapon to attack those you hate and fear, I suggest you try reading it sometime, and dare I say, putting it into practice.
Thank you.

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