Toogood Reports Commentary: Perry Drake
Another Case Of A Bunch Of Dead
White Men Lying To An Ignorant Black Man
Apparently, my report last week about the unconstitutionality of the federal government's war on drugs upset some people.
I'm sorry. So sorry. Please accept my apology.
To those who pointed out the falsehood of my contention, I have some 'splaining to do. You see I assumed – mistakenly as it later turned out – that the U.S. Constitution was the supreme law of the land. So naturally, you can understand why I labored while writing under the erroneous assumption that Congress was more or less straitjacketed by its precepts.
More so, since the Constitution says nothing along the lines of: "Congress shall have the Power to bar Perry from firing up a doobie when and if he has a mind to," it's easy to see how I could have speciously believed that I could light up a J without fear of the Drug Enforcement Agency dragging me away into the night, kicking and screaming.
I'm literal that way. I've always assumed that the rules of the game (which our Constitution is) should be fixed and defined in order for them to have any meaning or legitimacy at all.
Evidently, there are no limits to the power, scope and reach of the U.S. Congress. If I in any way gave the false impression otherwise, I beg your forgiveness. I must have been in a coma (or working at the newspaper at the time – same thing) when that change came down.
Should have known better, really. After all, it wouldn't be the first time a white man lied to a black man about something as basic as what his rights and liberties are.
That's right. I done gone ahead and brought race into this discussion.
This is America, after all. What good or fun is having a conversation with white folks (you certainly don't think that many black people cruise conservative Web sites, do you?) without a little race baiting thrown in for good measure. Guaranteed shut-up juice to most white people.
But, yes, dear readers. It's true. I was lied to by the white man again. It's time that I call a few of them out, starting with James Madison, perfidious scum that he was when he wrote:
"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite."
– James Madison, Federalist No. 45, January 26, 1788
And then there's that lowlife Thomas Jefferson (who still owes me money, by the way), a scalawag known for the blackest (or should I say African Americanest, to remain politically correct) calumnies of the vilest sort, who wrote:
"I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.' To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power not longer susceptible of any definition."
– Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, February 15, 1791
And is it little wonder why James Jackson's more widely known kin (Tito, Marlon, Michael, Jackie and Jermaine. Related on his father's side, twice removed) disowned him? They were equally shamed (as I am) by his many wicked prevarications, such as:
"We must confine ourselves to the powers described in the Constitution, and the moment we pass it, we take an arbitrary stride towards a despotic Government."
– James Jackson, First Congress, 1st Annals of Congress, 489
There are many others (George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Paine) — all white, all male and all quite dead. When I see them again I am going to hit them so hard for filling my head with a bunch of addle-pated notions about the Constitution.
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October 26, 2003
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