noun: constitutional; plural noun: constitutionals
a walk, typically one taken regularly to maintain or restore good health.
I was taking a walk this morning and bumped into a neighbor couple. They are both criminal judges and I thought: I am just taking my constitutional. Started me thinking that they deal with it on a daily basis, just like I am supposed to walk every day. It’s fine to rid the body of its toxins (read: criminals), but the State has to do it constitutionally.
Certainly the framers would have understood that the Constitution was being drafted for the entire American body, not just the rich planters who started the movement. Benjamin Franklin was reported by Madison’s notes to have observed at the Constitutional Convention:
When a broad table is to be made, and the edges of planks do not fit, the artist takes a little from both, and makes a good joint.
Now we have a muttering of impeachment for unconstitutional overreaching. I don’t want to wade into that argument, but I want to remember that the reason that the government was formed in the first place is to serve the entire body of Americans, not just those that look like us.
These interests are not disparate. We are all interested in a strong country, and we are promised that vigilance will be increased on the border. It would be a tragedy if due to a language gap one was to understand that the executive orders about to be made apply to any who have arrived less than five years ago.
An important part of a strong nation is to recognize that we all have an interest in overcoming population decline. I know, it surprised me too:
“For hundreds of thousands of years, … in order for humanity to survive things like epidemics and wars and famine, birthrates had to be very high.”
Let’s think about the health of our country in new ways that are scientific and not driven by perceived cultural threats.