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Ben Franklin's bifocals Friday, October 2, 2009

Mahatma Gandhi as a young lawyer    Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi in 1947
Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi by Margaret Bourke White
[1869 - Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi, political and spiritual leader, born in Porbandar, India]

Poet Wallace Stevens
[1879 - Wallace Stevens, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet,
born in Reading, Pennsylvania]

Comedian & Wit Groucho Marx
[1890 - Groucho(Julius Henry) Marx, comedian,
TV host, born in New York City]

Comedian Bud Abbott    Abbott and Costello
[1896 - (William Alexander) 'Bud' Abbott, comedian, born in Asbury Park, New Jersey]

Novelist Graham Greene
[1904 - (Henry) Graham Greene, author,
born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, UK]

Actor Moses Gunn
[1929 - Moses Gunn, actor, born
in St. Louis, Missouri]

Trial Lawyer Johnnie Cochran
[1937 - Johnnie Cochran, Jr., attorney, born in Shreveport, Louisiana]

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
[1967 - Thurgood Marshall sworn in as first
African-American Supreme Court justice]

The Old Gray Mare

My fellow citizens, it is with great sadness that I must tell you that our Constitution is broken. It has been evident to many of us for some time that the Good Old Girl was just not getting the job done any more. Mindful of the genius that gave rise to the supreme law of the land that served my country so well over several centuries, and caught up in the spirit of reverence in which our Constitution is held by most citizens (including your author), for a while I refused to acknowledge the obvious signs of a fatal illness.

Denial is no longer possible. Not only is the original foundation of our democracy no longer producing a government by, of, and for the people; it is beyond economical repair. This should come as no surprise. A governmental framework designed in the Eighteenth Century for a handful of former colonies, where slavery was an accepted institution, and only the white male gentry were enfranchised, is bound to encounter its end sometime soon. We do have a choice. We can continue to patch an old structure until it falls down and hurts somebody, or we can build a new one that is appropriate for the present time and conditions.

William's Whimsical Words:

William calls for a Second Constitutional Convention of The United States of America and urges you to sign the petition to the White House at: Petition for Constitutional Convention.

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