Constitutionality
28 April, 2011
Constitutionality

Americans love their Constitution although it takes a real McCoy American to fall in love with the most important political document of the country. How on earth could one be in love with some blueprint even if it is a plan used by your government to work with?
That’s exactly what I perceive as the gist of the American political enigma – the supreme law of the land, called the Constitution of

the United States of America is venerated by the American people. And those who do not yet feel themselves like real McCoy Americans are on their way to learn how to love the greatest American code of law. They sure will when time comes! To my sincerest regret, I have no way to state just as confidently that the Georgian people are also in love with their Constitution. The Georgian people don’t even know that it is possible to be in love with the Constitution of the country. And this is happening only because we are not yet socially ready for this kind of political love affair. Being genuinely in love with a nation’s supreme law might take a lot. In the first place, the love for the constitution and the colors of the flag of the nation has to be nursed right from a citizen’s infancy, and there should be a mental and moral recognition in a person’s heart and mind that constitution could be loved and revered. Secondly, Georgians, as any other ex-Soviet people, have come to entertain a huge mistrust towards constitutions in general because theirs has changed hundred times in the last hundred years. When I say ‘changed’ I don’t really mean regular amendments to the constitution. I am talking about a drastic change, a textual change, a change in content. How can you trust a document and fall in love with it and be sure that it is protecting your personal rights and freedoms when it keeps changing on regular basis at such a frequent pace! Thirdly, we are too young a democracy to be talking about genuine constitutionality within which everyone is protected by the law, everyone must obey the law and no law can be made that contradicts or opposes the constitution. The maturation of constitutionality takes time, experience, education, desire to learn and readiness to perform. Constitutionality will never come out of the blue and fall on our unlawful mindset as a lucky blow of favorable winds. Americans wrote and adopted their constitution more than 200 years ago and since then, they have been diligently working with its merits and flaws so that the main document of the country never stop functioning effectively. The American concept of constitutionality has never been anything artificially concocted and imposed on the American people. It was written and thoroughly deliberated on by best minds of the nation who on their part based the document on the loftiest of human ideals. That’s where the American constitutional durability is coming from. And finally, since the famous revolutionary war in America, nothing much has changed in the United States in terms of political structure of the country. I don’t have the same good news about Georgia. Georgia is a land of repeated political changes, which brings about the often-shattered constitutionality here. We simply never have enough time to fall in love with our constitutions – too new too often. That’s why!

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