I'm frightened when I read such ignorance! Posted Jun 12, 2012 4:54 PM
You are a beautiful example illustrating the saying that an uneducated person is always less dangerous than a half-educated one.
Obviously you don't know what a constitution is for or why national constitutions evolved. The purpose is to KEEP LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE. Beldon Namah refuses to be accountable to anyone, including the constitution.
In democracies that work and are prosperous, you will never, ever find the national constitution to be violated. If it has problems, it is changed, NEVER violated. And when it's changed, it goes through a long, thoughtful proceeding so that everyone is clear as to the ramifications.
Anyone who violates the constitution has effectively taken the law into their own hands. Anyone who sees no problem with that is a likely dictator. And believe it or not, there have been virtually no dictators in the world who haven't turned out to be corrupted by the power they gain. "Benevolent dictator" is mostly in people's imagination.
Power corrupts. Power corrupts absolutely. The only way to keep most leaders, in any country (including Japan, Australia, or wherever) from going corrupt is to keep them under control with checks and balances. A national constitution is one of the most effective means of keeping leaders under control so that they perform for the people and not for their own greed.
But all that - a democracy - only works when people hold their national constitution to be almost sacred, a document to be used as the unviolated law of the land.
O'Neill and Namah did damage to our democracy more than you'll ever know..... because you aren't even clear what the whole purpose of a constitution is!