I strongly believe in and fully support our federal Constitution — without conditions. It is what has separated this country from all others in the world and made us unique among the family of nations in the world, until recently.
But with the advent of the Bush era, honor and respect for it has simply vanished. Political disrespect for our sacred Constitution is all too common these days, but it doesn't end with political disrespect. Our judicial system is guilty also.
For instance, Article VI states that in all criminal prosecutions the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy trial. In reality, far too often too many accused languish in jail for months and in some cases, even years, without a trial. This is wrong and unconstitutional. Article VIII states that excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. This article is also violated constantly in our judicial system.