Dialectic InterventionSubmitted by Ubuntu on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 00:38
To Liberty Lovers:
What is a Constitution? A Constitution reflects how a People choose to arrange its Politics. What is Politics? Politics is Greek from "of, for, or relating to Citizens." Who may be Citizens?
Politics is sometimes referred to as the art or science of influencing people, either on a civic, moral, or individual level. Aristotle wrote a book and named it Politics. He highlights that Politics involves a lot of Rhetoric. Plato asserted that Rhetoric was immoral, dangerous, and unworthy of serious study. Aristotle wrote Rhetoric anyway. The first line of the book reminds readers that Rhetoric is a counterpart of Dialectic. Dialectic is a method of argument to solve disagreement.
In other words, Dialectic needs to intervene. We need discourse between two or more people holding different points of view about something, who wish to establish the Truth of the matter -- guided by reasoned arguments. But what is Truth and who defines Reasoned? Is Truth and Reason our highest values? We the People can establish or discover the Truth through reason and logic. I pray that We the People really come to know Truth. A People intent on finding Truth would find a lot of Dialectic in Politics.
We the People must foster and support leaders who appeal to logic, not emotion. A Government executing a Constitution is a reflection of its Citizens and the People's actions. When the well-being and affairs of a State are in question, only We the People have the Answer. We must find Truth.
So what is a Constitution? It is was the People hold it to be. As a soon-to-be lawyer, I will be required to take an Oath to the United States Constitution. I cannot wait!