Monday, December 3, 2012
Dear Supreme Court...
Earlier on November 12, 2012...
Years ago, the late John Denver wrote the lyrics: It's a long way from LA to Denver. Yup!
Back to the walk... The walk is worth it because it takes some time. Rather than just riding a tour bus or taxi, or staying underground on the Metro, it's worth it to walk the length of the Mall and ask oneself, "What do people from other parts of the world see when they come here?"
Two women having lunch on the front steps noticed. A Capitol Police guard left his little guard shack off to the left and started striding toward me. By the time he had closed the distance by 15 feet, I had already gathered my gear and was walking back west.
I would visit the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial and encounter "Loving" on Pennsylvania Avenue (see previous post).
I thought about the Supreme Court on my return walk. I had exercised not only a right but, in my view, a responsibility to uphold the Constitution. I swore to do that on the day I enlisted in the US Air Force back in August 1969.
It's not a partially obscured view of the columns and architrave one sees from the street. It's a printed copy.
I'm not sure what to be more concerned about: a nation's capitol as attractive as tilt-up warehouse buildings with "Keep Out" signs everywhere, or a Supreme Court that has become a facade.
You decide. It's your country, too.