In my opinion, our entire political and societal system is/has been FOULED with collectivist thought...dare I say, from the beginning...The Constitution was supposed to be the guide for which all individuals could live freely, and recognize themselves as 'individuals'. At it's inception, the Constitution didn't apply equally to white females- much less to black people...It certainly didn't apply to native Americans, and it didn't much apply (for example) to Oriental immigrants who, among other things, worked in droves to build our railroad system... Then came the 'Goddamned Irish', the 'Goddamned Italians', the 'Goddamned Jews', et al...
Now, it's the Muslims, the Sikhs, the Hindus, ...whatever...It just never stops, but the TRUTH, to me, is that within all that, we're individuals. THAT is the purpose of the Constitution. So many people spend their lives wanting to be, or at least seeing the world like they need to be on this 'team'- or that 'team'. Equally applied, the Constitution should serve to obscure the 'lines' that people, unfortunately, most often choose to draw for themselves. Politicians and media types of every color or religion know how to play people with that...Be it nationalism, religion, race, national, state, local sporting teams...They know turmoil and conflict are better money makers than peace and social cohesion.
I'm not seriously religious or all mental about it, but I believe in God.... He made us 'individuals'. The Constitution, observed, and equally applied, offers the free will God gave us. We weaken ourselves with collectivism.
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