Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sometimes I don't like it when I'm right...

A few years ago I had a conversation with a Barnes & Noble bookseller. This bookseller and I became friendly while I was frantically researching bits and pieces of a book I was working on. He liked my stories and I appreciated his advice and support while my husband was on what seemed like a year long continuous business trip to some not so nice parts of our globe. Before you get any ideas, this bookseller is old enough to be my father and familiar with the sections of the world where my husband was traveling. His advice and support were greatly appreciated. The fact that he liked the book I was working on was a bonus.

The conversation we had at the time was a gift. He told me an idea he had for a story. Not a story he wanted to write, one he wanted me to write. He was excited to share it with me, someone he thought could tell the story he had crafted as he worked amongst the stacks of books and magazines that crowd every Barnes and Noble. He was right, the concept struck a chord and I began working on developing it as a fuller story.

That was four years ago. I am currently writing the second book in the series - one that will most likely be a four book arc - and editing the first book. The series is currently called The Kaffe Sister's Saga and is a telling of our country after we do the unthinkable.

We dissolve the Constitution.

Unfortunately, it seems this gentleman and I were a little too accurate in our view of the country and where we might head. I guess that's what happens when you live so close to the seat of power and work in, and around, the cogs and gears that make our country run for so long. You begin to see the various strands of the web that is our political system and where those strands might lead.

Now before anyone starts accusing me of being alarmist, please read this article from The Huffington Post: It seems that some politicians in North Carolina are attempting to declare an official religion and disavow federal law in this particular instance. Mississippi and Virginia are also attempting to show some muscle in disavowing federal laws which cover subjects such as health care, gun control and women's rights. I am sure these are not the only three states making such attempts to essentially state that the Constitution is invalid.

What makes this even more disturbing is that these statements are being made by self declared patriots - men and women who state they are going against everything the Constitution stands for specifically because they love the United States and all it stands for. 

Last I checked, that document they are treading over is exactly what this country stands for.

I've done a great deal of research into the Constitution for The Kaffe Sisters Saga. But beyond that, I have thought carefully about how the dissolution of the Constitution might affect a family of sisters at least Four Score and Seven Years after the government votes to dissolve the one document that binds us together, the document that every single government employee from the janitors at Federal buildings to our military to our elected officials is sworn to uphold. 

“I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

It is a simple oath, one that is full of dedication and service. One that every single member of Congress, every Senator and every Federal Judge has taken.

My journey through the stories of the Kaffe sisters has not been easy and I am far from done with them. At this point, less than 10,000 words from the ending of the second book, I know that we are weaker when we are not bound together. That the simple oath to protect, support and defend a single piece of paper makes us a stronger people, a people that are not so easy to push around and defeat whether we face either an external or internal force against us. We may disagree on many points, but I think we can all agree that the Constitution is a document worth fighting for, not against.

I know the Kaffe sisters have just begun to discover the strength in union. I hope we can rediscover that ourselves before it is too late. 

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