Thanks for the thoughtful response. And thanks for being courteous, for the most part. If I understand you correctly, you don’t want anything from government except to uphold the Constitution as originally written. Perhaps you forget that in 1776 women were not allowed to vote? Blacks were enslaved in America and not considered fully human?

As for me, I want a lot from my government — specifically to protect my environment from corporate pillage and to protect my civil rights. I need that protection because I am not part of the privileged group which wrote the Constitution — rich white men. You say every citizen has the same set of rights, but that isn’t so. Many laws favor men, or the rich, such as the ones restricting abortion which put the woman in jeopardy but not the man who impregnated her; a legal system that looks the other way in cases of rape or sexual assault; and a tax system that billionaires like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates tell us unfairly favor the rich.

Some laws favoring men and the rich are changing, albeit at a glacial pace. I’m grateful for that, and so are all people who hope America can be an example of equality and fairness. A “more perfect union” is a moving target, but we can’t stop striving to make the republic work for us all.

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