Editors' Note:Guest blogger Will Kohler is a freelance writer and activist from Cincinnati, Ohio. Will blogs at Back2Stonewall.com.
Since the emergence of the Tea Party (aka the GOP Party incognito) all you seem to hear anymore is "That's unconstitutional!", "That's my constitutional right!", and "Read the constitution." Well, we did. And while the GOP and Tea Party seem to think that everything in the Constitution validates their righteous God-fearing American indignation. It doesn't.
Here's a quick overview on some of what the Constitution really says as compared to what the GOP and Tea Party would have you believe.
I hope this clears some things up.
All you ever hear from the right-wing is that the word "God" is mentioned throughout the Constitution. Wrong. Except for one instance, God never appears in the Constitution, neither the original nor in any of the amendments until the very end in the signatory section, where the date is written: "Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven." The use of the word "Lord" is not a religious reference.
Marriage & Same Sex Marriage
In the original Constitution, neither heterosexual or same-sex marriage is mentioned anywhere in the U.S. Constitution. If it did, why would the GOP want to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage?
No Taxation Without Representation
"No taxation without representation!" was a great political slogan coined to counter the Sugar Act of 1764. Today, with the exception of convicts and immigrants who cannot vote, everyone is represented by a member of congress. You may not like it, but you are represented.
The Separation of Church & State
While the phrase "separation of church and state" does not appear anywhere in the Constitution, Thomas Jefferson wrote in the 1st Amendment about a "wall of separation" between the church and the state to mean that the government should not establish, support, or otherwise involve itself in any religion.
And as for the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, that one is obviously clear.