It hurts to read the Constitution

As a first year law student, I have to memorize the Constitution. But I can’t even get past the preamble, it hurts too much.
Consider this: We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society…
We ratified this Constitution in 1987, 21 years ago. Are we nearer that “just and humane society” now than in 1987?
…and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations…
Okay, no survey has asked this yet. The surveys ask people if they approve of GMA, or of her government. Few people do.
…promote the common good…
Are extrajudicial killings and disappearances, poverty, and the culture of impunity part of the common good?
…conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and to our posterity…
Google this: JPEPA, Didipio mining, and illegal logging.
…the blessings of independence and democracy…
After 21 years, some people are asking how democracy has benefited them. My legal history teacher says we’re not in a real democracy.
…under the rule of law…
Question: Would Jocjoc Bolante be in the US if we REALLY, REALLY had rule of law?
…and a regime of truth…
One EO: 464. One word: NERI.
…justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.
I was one of those who voted for this Constitution. It hurts to realize that we’re nowhere nearer to making it true than we were in 1987.

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