WORD IS: Monthly Column in the Carmel Voice
January 1, 1970The Constitution
In my youth the Constitution meant a body of personal strength and principles, a walk taken daily to maintain or restore health; or a person's mental or psychological makeup. Then, it became the US Constitution, which I was often reminded was an early American battleship. Finally, what comes to mind is the Constitution of the United States . . . often in the news under this Shrub (read young George Bush) administration.
Hey, in Europe! What's the word? They're taking our rights!! The European farmers aren't going for it.
It seems our Constitution of the US is so sought after that the British are asking how we do our social security system. They want to copy us. That's actually the Magna Carta, and not in our Constitution . . . but, I mean the law, for the principles of humanitarian need are in there. Somewhere.
Looks like they all want to copy us. The constitution of Indonesia was, in part, written by some of our U. S. legislators who went over there in the mid 1980's and gave up the three part government complete with checks and balances.
What has been going on in Europe since ‘D Day?' Well, it seems the management take-over of dominance and submissive types has not stopped. Of course, it's more efficient to have one power direct everybody. Hitler thought that, too. But the voices of each little country with their funny accents, separate languages, and different money resounds for continued separation.
Actually, it happens to be their social security plan. The Constitution of the EU makes no provision for checks and balances. It's more like the Townsend Act and revisions, only they had no Civil War to metal out the differences. Just one big war.
The obligations over fiscal responsibility were never in question over those small details. The needs for the individuals were mostly taken over by an elite and educated group. Sounds all too universal that inside each person of privilege by education there is no inner rule, there.
Here in Carmel we had a Magna Carta. The first City Manager wrote some edicts in favor of family living not business; and today the idea that business will have to support family living is closer to the facts.
The Europeans of education and merit want to seize economic control, but there are too few of them. Trouble is, what have they got when they have the strong currency? No one wants to buy from such a strong economy, too expensive; and they can't afford their own care, either. Without a central power to evaluate, or reevaluate their currency, there will be no equilibrium when the Euro needs to be spread about for all the social services.
By the same general rule, sounds like Carmel Firehouse rules. Big money from the government, small money from naked lady calenders; so refuse questionable moral grounded money for big institutional money.
Tax talk by making up permits for walking around town. When we landed in Europe as students, the constabulary interviewed each one of us separately to ask how much money we had. It has been suggested that to enter Carmel, tourists should present their letter of credit.
There are fewer educated leaders, regarding the Townsend Act the Europeans are trying to copy than trees growing in Carmel. Their Constitution of the EU has administrative rules and no states rights other than the right of veto.
Word is: Carmel City Hall is following simple uneducated mandates to cut more trees. Somewhere what has become lost is the fortitude of the Constitution. No veto, here.
They say in City Hall they're only following past, local legislation, and lost are the voices of care and psychological maintenance to resound for the present. So, we spend the time and energy on business, not like back in the day when we spent time on community management or government participation. You know, in THE DAY?!
Come the revolution?! They'd say, in the day. And, the Carmel kids would say: "Yeah, and we'll all be revolting."
How does it figure, we have rights, and we take time to make money. Economics is government, no finance is not government. And, the public need requires a participatory education, with an ever more broadening base. There's more working people to make more money than older people to provide advice. The more money they make, the more the municipal institution has to make money for them to spend on improvements for the tourist business. When they stop making money, they still have to have time for the children. The children don't lollygag around and get politically active, they all work Where does it end? The ‘Oil Can Harrys' of the world gave out trees and were called crazy for their concern. Crazy? Don't think so.
Where do we go with this, when we stand in the sun without trees to shade our heads, bottled by tourists, our thoughts not too far from Europe where they lost their Constitution. Preserve their tourist industry! Equally important here. I write political policy and who wants to publish national, international controversy in a local paper?
We have so many definitions and examples of what brought down the state of mind, few to maintain or understand what it is to build. Maybe there's something of local interest in national politics.
How can a local community be at all confused by National or International Politics?
Word is: It's in our personal principles, the Constitution.
Maybe the deal is to take morning walks, see the trees and with the constitutional to remind us restore the constitution.
(Steve Shapiro from the Monterey Peninsula almost 40 years is the Charter President of the Jr. United Nations, an MIIS alumni, writes political policy for governments and history for publication. Shapiro authored "Carmel - A Timeless Place.")