Does the Constitution Work?
Watch KrisAnne Hall, a constitutional attorney; Frank Bibeau, a constitutional tribal lawyer; and British-born Robin Koerner, the original Blue Republican tackle this question for Blue Republican Minnesota in the video below.
KrisAnne Hall Says the Constitution Doesn’t Work, People Do
We, the people can use the Constitution to protect our inherent and inalienable rights. KrisAnne grounds us in the assertion of these rights throughout history and the genealogy of the Constitution. She challenges us to get off the sidelines and be “eternally vigilant”. How do we do this? Voting is not enough. We must constantly assert and affirms our rights actively and persistently. She tells us “We are not a reflection of our constitution. We are not a reflection of our government. The government is a reflection of its people.”
Frank Bibeau Says the Constitution Doesn’t Work, But…
It can help indigenous people protect and regain their rights. Frank reminds us that “We all have inalienable rights: the right to hunt, fish and gather. And that means food, clothing and shelter. It is the governments that you’ve created that have almost entirely taken away everything that you have.” In contrast, he observes: “We have a unique and separate relationship with the Constitution. We have parallel rights. But they are not the same. I am not subject to all the laws that you are. ” Frank digs into the nitty-gritty of how he uses the U.S. Constitution to secure indigenous rights from local and state governments.
Robin Koerner Says the Constitution Doesn’t Work, But…
How can we really know if the Constitution works unless we take this tool out of the box and use it? Robin reminds us that “Our rights will be removed by power because power always wants to increase its scope. ” He asks “When do we stand up? When do we take this tool out of the box?” His answer has been true for the 1000 year-long English history of constitutional documents- the first of which was the Charters of Ethelrod in 1014. “We don’t act until we feel we are losing something.” Robin reminds us that we have fewer rights today than at many times throughout English and American history when the people did assert their rights loudly and effectively.
Take the Constitution Out of the Toolbox
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