The words one uses are vitally important as they provide the framework for conceptual thinking. I did not write the US Constitution, vote to ratify it or sign it. I did, however, chose to support it as a United States citizen who has taken various oaths, including as a police officer and as an attorney in federal and state court systems. Those oaths did not require that I uphold or support "my" constitution, but the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Michigan. That is a good thing, because “my constitution” is a somewhat ill-tempered one, made especially so after practicing law for slightly more than two decades. Beware the use of possessives – if something is “yours”, you own it and are responsible for it.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 20:04