Friday, April 20, 2007

Football or the Constitution?

America is at a crossroads...The Constitution of the United States of America?...Or High School Football?

Wednesday, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association went before the Supreme Court of the United States of America and asked the Supreme Court to void the Constitution and limit Free Speech in America.

You probably missed that because your news channel was involved in another grief orgy and you not only missed Organized High Schools Sport's attack on the Constitution, but you probably missed two republican Congressmen resigning important Congressional Committees because of being the targets of corruption investigations. It confounds me that the Cosntitution could possibly stand in the way of High School Football but that is what the TSSAA claims.

The story is that Brentwood Academy, a private high school, was accused of sending out a recruiting letter, which is illegal under TSSAA rules. It didn't matter that the letter was sent to students who had already paid their deposit for the school year and that they weren't being recruited from other high schools (though there are always rumors to that effect) it was a rule violation in the TSSAA collective mind. But what about the Constitutional guarantee of Free Speech? Not where preserving the purity of high school football is concerned!

When it comes to the highest law of our country...The Constitution simply cannot be allowed to stand in the way of organized high school sports.

How can high school football get to the Supreme Court in the first place? Listen people...We're talking about real principles here, not just those high falutin lawyer principles either, I'm talking FOOTBALL!

Frankly, I don't like private schools. The only place a human being ever has to learn to get along with people not like him is in public school. Some kids learn more and some kids learn less but they all ought to eat in the same cafeteria. What happens in private schools is rarely about is about exposure, though there are exceptions. Catholics gather up, and christians gather up, and rich kids gather up, and public schools are left to deal with the rest. Private schools section off society at an early age and I don't like that. Private schools ran away from the Constitution when desegregation rulings started flying around on publicschools, so it tickles me to see Brentwood embrace the Constitution's 1st Amendment. I love them for that.

Anyway we'll know sometime in June whether Football is more important than Free Speech in the erratic collective mind of the Bush Supreme Court. Much as I dislike private schools, I hope they win. I may not like private schools, but I LOVE the Constitution.

I wish George Bush would read it sometime.




The 2nd Amendment is not the only one being tortured in today's society but it seems like it. Just mention the idea that all guns all the time might not be the path to a righteous society and all hell will break loose from the folks who keep their weapons in a shrine instead of a gun safe.

Just to refresh, the Second Amendment as ratified by the States reads exactly like,

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Curiously, in the version passed by the House and Senate of the United States there were a couple of interesting differences. That version reads:

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Like I said...Curious.

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