MY COMMENT ON A COLUMBIAN ARTICLE
Gosh, I wish I was rich enough to own 83 foot schooners, then I might be able to see through the eyes of a rich person, to walk in his shoes. But I made my shot at it and, like most, was not able to find room in that 1% of Americans who rule America and its economic fortunes. So I do my best to vote in such a way to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor and to keep the American middle class from being further eroded by the decisions of politicians who are in the pockets of schooner owners.
The best way to protect America and its Constitution is to do everything in our power to make sure that a good strong middle class continues to exist and that poverty does not grow to undermine social stability—even if it might mean increased taxes and allowing Bush's tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans to lapse. Thus defended, the Constitution won't be so stressed in its efforts to protect all Americans as to fail. Laws without a human touch are bound to fail eventually.
Most interesting is the name of the schooner. Sounds like just in pre-WW II Spain, in South America, and in the Catholic Church during Hitler's regime, religion is being put into the service of the wealthy to suppress the poor and other minorities. One of the things to guard against that history has taught us is when the church forgets Christ's message to serve the poor and begins to politicize itself and become a mouthpiece for the rich. Such a historical trend is now coming to America in a big way. Since we're a younger country and have not learned that lesson, I fear we'll someday have our turn at fascism too.