Assassin’s Creed 3 has some legit brain food in it. It’s pointing out a non ethnocentric viewpoint regarding the revolution. I enjoy having my ideas challenged.
Without getting into all the details and spoilers, one thing that was said was something about how it’s foolish to adhere to the constitution literally because it’s a piece of paper written hundreds of years ago by idealistic men who have never encountered the troubles of a modern society. It seems that this train of thought is becoming more popular as I’ve heard people echo this sentiment: “I don’t believe in the sanctity of the constitution.”
While I can understand that point, I feel that it’s shortsighted. It’s only looking at the now without looking at the past and future….without looking at history as a whole. So, yes, the constitution and the Bill of Rights are old coming from men who never had to deal with modern issues. It was written by sexist, slave owning, homophobic bigots. I get that. But it was also written by men who experienced a tyrannical government and wanted to ensure that this country never be one of those countries who stripped freedom from it’s citizens. While I don’t agree with the specific views, I do agree with the principle. Freedom. So even though their views might be antiquated, if you read through it all and fit it into a modern context, I’m sure you’ll see that it is still very much relevant. When you look at history, you see many so called civilized societies falling victim to the exact kinds of things that the Constitution warned against. When the principles of the constitution hold up and are proven to be right over and over and over again over hundreds of years, you have to respect what it’s saying.
The constitution is not holy or divine. But it’s what this country was built on. It’s what made this country great. It’s what made millions of people leave everything behind to start over in a new country. A land of the free. We need to respect that and stop letting our government trample all over it.
If you really think about it, each amendment is practically a warning of what a tyrannical government begins to look like. They want to silence you. They want to disarm you and prevent you from defending yourself. Violate your property rights. Violate your privacy. Falsely imprison you. Yet we have the patriot act and a number of other crazy stuff that violates this.
These are crazy times we’re living in. I don’t know the answer, but at least I’m willing to admit there’s a problem. And maybe if enough people can come together, we can figure out a solution.
In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither.”