Vail Daily letter: That’s nonsense
Eagle County, CO Colorado
I had to laugh when I read Henry Bornstein’s “column” demonstrating his feeble attempts to rebut Dick Gustafson’s fine columns on American history. While I know Mr. Gustafson is suffering from a debilitating ailment, I am happy to fill in and rebut Mr. Bornstein’s nonsense, without discussing this with Mr. Gustafson.
Mr. Bornstein wrote: “The First Amendment, ratified in 1791, by its terms only applied to the federal government, not to any state … Despite the weakening of the clear meaning of the First Amendment by the conservative members of the current Supreme Court by permitting the intrusion of religion into civil government, these principles of law have so far still held up.”
No, Mr. Bornstein, they haven’t!
The First Amendment guarantees the right of the people to have freedom of speech. The federal government and states don’t speak, people do! The First Amendment guarantees the right of the people to have the freedom of religion, and guarantees that freedom to not be “abridged.” The First Amendment does not have a single work about Mr. Bornstein’s agenda-driven desire to invent a separation of church and state. Sorry, Mr. Bornstein!
In fact, the freedom of religion of which the “free exercise thereof” shall not be “prohibited,” means just the opposite of his invented separation of church and state. Apparently, Mr. Bornstein’s law degree doesn’t help him understand that since the govenment can’t “prohibit the free exercise thereof” of religion, that doesn’t translate into allowing Mr. Bornstein’s desire to have it prohibited by his illusional, or should I say delusional, made-up separation of church and state.
The latest proof that the Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments) do not apply only to the federal government, is the current U. S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Second Amendment’s “right of the people (not the state), to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” By its own words, the Second Amendment guarantee’s people’s right.
Mr. Bornstein, do you believe the Fourth Amendment, by its terms, applies only to the federal government? The right of privacy, stated as “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects … ” is, again, for people. The federal government has no right of privacy, they work for the people. The state government has no right of privacy, they work for the people. Only the people have a right “against unreasonable search and seizures …”
I could go on and on about how the Bill of Rights talks about people’s rights.
Thank God federalism arguments such as your attempt to deny the Bill of Rights to the people have and will continue to fail among freedom-loving people. And, thank God you have retired! Long live Dick Gustafson!