You Say You Love the Constitution, But…

Gabriel Nathan
4 min readJun 4, 2022
Photo by Anthony Garand on Unsplash

You say you love the United States Constitution, and yet you have no problem telling anyone who exercises their First Amendment right in order to call “Bullshit” on any aspect of this allegedly great nation to “love it or leave it.”

You say you love the United States Constitution, and yet anyone who kneels in protest before the flag of this most imperfect union is immediately identified as the problem, not whatever injustice they are so moved by, and they are cast out, shunned, and excoriated with the full force and measure of white (hot) rage.

You say you love the United States Constitution, which ostensibly guarantees a separation of Church and State, but there are Christian-centered prayers everywhere there is government. Yes, I’m aware of the distinction of “civil religion” upheld in 1952 — just another hypocritical loophole used ceaselessly to prop up Christianity in this nation, and make everyone else who is anything else know that they’re anything but a true American.

My shameful Commonwealth will most likely elect Doug Mastriano, a staunch conservative who can’t seem to keep his catechism out of his policies, who has made it clear that he will zealously impose his religious morals on all who dwell here. He likens gun control measures to Nazi policies, criminalizing abortion (he has shared a cartoon that calls abortion “much worse” than the Holocaust — he really seems to like those Holocaust analogies… maybe I should be even more concerned than I already am), and he speaks with a thoroughly Christian tongue that doesn’t belong in civil service of a multicultural nation:

“The forces of darkness are hitting us really hard right now,” Mastriano said at an April 30 rally in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. “We’re going to bring the state back to righteousness, this is our day, our hour to take our state back and renew the blessings of America.”

Bring Pennsylvania back to… excuse me; righteousness? What exactly the fuck does that mean?

(Mastriano, btw, was interviewed by the FBI after photos emerged of him on the Capitol grounds on January 6th; he also organized buses for folks to get there more to, I guess, more efficiently attempt to overthrow the government.)

Gabriel Nathan

Gabe is Editor in Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries, a mental health publication. He drives an old VW year round and wears corduroy trousers in the summer.