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4/23/2014

I think the Founding Fathers of this country and the Framers of the Consititution are some of the best, brightest and bravest people this country has ever known.   Thomas Jefferson stands by himself.   Ben Franklin is one of my heroes.     They were all visionaries, but even the best and brightest can't see 240ish years into the future.     There's no way the Framers could foresee all the technological and sociological changes we've gone through in the past 2+ centuries.     Many of the tenents written into our Constitution are evergreen and will never stale.   Much like the commandments in the Bible.....thou shalt not steal or kill are pretty universally accepted, even today.     But, when someone dares to suggest that changes should be made to that document, watch out.

Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, just released his second book and outlines 6 things he'd like to see changed in the Consititution.     Two of them have to do with the 2nd amendment, one about abolishing the death penalty and another couple about campiagn finance.    Granted, Stevens was on the Liberal side of the bench, so the subject matter of what he wanted to change would be unpalatable for Conservatives anyway...but I'm not looking his his specific changes...I'm just looking at the prospect of change in general.      I don't think he wants to take out a bottle of white-out (remember how indispensible that stuff used to be?) and do away with big parts of the Constitution, but rather making some amendments to it.    You know, there are 27 amendments already....17 if you don't count the Bill of Rights.    That means there have been 17 times when the country thought the Framers either did something wrong with the original document, or ommitted something that became important at a later date.       It wasn't important for women to have the right to vote in 1787, but it was later.      It wasn't necessary to address slavery 240 years ago.....less than 100 years later, it was.         Changing the Consitution has been done to make it, and our country, better and stronger...not to weaken it.   

Now, lest you think I'm of the opinion that the Constitution should be trampled on....no.     Actually, I think the talk of adding amendments like making same-sex marriage illegal, is actually pretty frivolous and cheapens a great document.     And now that I think about it, the same people that want to add such an amendment are the same ones who bristle when you call the Constitution a 'living, breathing' document, that should change with the times.     It's been living and breathing and changing with the times since 1787.....why should it be any different today?

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    Had an amazing flight on West Jet ... on it's inaugural non-stop flight to Toronto on March 6th.  Just an hour and 40 minutes total to get to this beautiful coastal community.

    Such a fantastic place to visit... Great sites, including Niagra Falls and the nearby casinos.

     

    For an awesome tour, visit www.genovatours.com to see all the different walking and van tours Bill Genova offers there.  He is a lifelong resident of Toronto, great to spend the day with and incredibly knowledeable.  Bill helped me gettng a good sense about Toronto... past and present... including its connections with the Confederacy and Slavery.

    I went to the top of the CN Tower in Toronto and had dinner atop the revolving restaurant at the Skylon Tower in Niagra Falls.

    Great restaurants and eateries, too... but don't miss a visit to Carousel Bakery in the St. Lawrence Market.  The most delicious Candian breakfasts and desserts :)  The market is packed with all sorts of other foods and unique items.

    I also had lunch in an authentic Chinese restaurant there... in one of six Chinatown neighborhoods in Toronto.  Did you know that Chinese is the #2 language in Toronto? 

    Facebook me if you need any advice or direction about visiting Toronto.  It must be beautiful to see in the summer!

     

     

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