These days, conversations about the Constitution are happening around every corner of the Internet, and maybe even at your office (though we hope not too much, as that would certainly cause a heated exchange or ten). These conversations for decades have been centered around freedom of speech, a very basic Constitutional right. It is without question the most popularly discussed Constitutional right we have. And with the current socio-political climate being that of political correctness, free speech has never been more challenged. At the same time, being that it is a part of our Constitution, and understanding that it has been misconstrued and misapplied, it has never folded. It is written in stone. It is always there to use as challenge or protection.
Guns are another wildly controversial aspect to the Constitution. Gun owners are protected even during times (like now) that they feel that protection being desecrated. They can always lean on the 2nd amendment, reliably, for justification of their right. And that holds a tremendous amount of clout. The government doesn’t just take your guns, the Constitution is there solidifying, with great purpose, protection from such activity.
The Constitution protects a great many of our citizens. It protects free speech and freedom of religion. Those who choose to own a firearm. It protects people from being illegally searched by the police. It assures the charged with a speedy trial. It protects us from slavery. While it isn’t perfect in its protection, it remains a pillar which allows us to challenge and rival any peoples or places which may choose to discriminate and desecrate any of these rights. But what I have always been baffled at is that while the Constitution seems to attempt to protect U.S. citizens from many of the most basic human indiscretions, the right to choose how and when you are medicated isn’t covered.
Maybe our founding fathers never really saw the future that became us today. That’s fair enough. Medical advancements on a large scale were post-Constitution. And Pharmaceutical gaucherie and hostility came further after that. But there is no denying that it is here and it is here to remain for a very long time. People are being fired from their jobs for not receiving a flu shot. Children are being told they can’t attend schools without accepting a formidable, extensive vaccine list. Pro-vaccination groups use loopholes and intimidation to push vaccines on the masses. Doctors fire patients who choose not to vaccinate children. Pregnant women are coerced into getting multiple vaccines. The CDC acknowledges criminal activity in covering up vaccine and autism related documents. And as all the dust settles, those who plead for the right to choose, have no Constitutional pillar to stand against. Instead they stand out in an open field with snipers sitting, camouflaged, in the surrounding tree tops.
With no protection and only disturbing precedents guiding our way, the future is bleak. We protect what people can say, who or what they want to worship, but we can’t protect people from being medicated? We can protect someone who is fired for being pregnant or Christian, but we can’t protect someone from being fired because they refused a flu shot? Where’s the justice in that? That’s not equality, that’s deception and it illustrates the long arm of the pharmaceutical industry. It shows that huge corporate lobbying is bigger than our human rights.
We need and deserve a medical amendment. It simply makes sense. But the longer we go without some sort of true protection, the more the pharmaceutical money influences power. I hope that one day this happens. I hope that one day we are treated equal, with a guarantee to freely choose if or if not we are medicated. To decide if our children are medicated. Because at this rate, what should be basic human rights will be squandered away.
What happens when the government decides we should all take anti-depressants? What if one day, instead of Fluoride, the water is infused with lithium? To not believe these things could happen is to be naive and obtuse. The slippery slope is oiled up and we are simply sliding away.
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