NY Times Op-Ed: Scrap That Pesky Constitution

Mostly because it gets in the way of far left Progressive ideals, also known as fascism (via The Lonely Conservative)

(NY times) AS the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.

Consider, for example, the assertion by the Senate minority leader last week that the House could not take up a plan by Senate Democrats to extend tax cuts on households making $250,000 or less because the Constitution requires that revenue measures originate in the lower chamber. Why should anyone care? Why should a lame-duck House, 27 members of which were defeated for re-election, have a stranglehold on our economy? Why does a grotesquely malapportioned Senate get to decide the nation’s fate?

Our obsession with the Constitution has saddled us with a dysfunctional political system, kept us from debating the merits of divisive issues and inflamed our public discourse. Instead of arguing about what is to be done, we argue about what JamesMadison might have wanted done 225 years ago.

As someone who has taught constitutional law for almost 40 years, I am ashamed it took me so long to see how bizarre all this is.

Government is somewhat working the way it was envisioned at the federal level: gridlock. The power was supposed to be left in the hands of The People and the States.

Progressives are always unhappy that the pesky Constitution gets in the way when it comes to shoving their beliefs down other people’s throats. They would prefer the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany models.

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Comment by Nate
2012-12-31 19:00:21

I particularly liked the part where he wrote, ‘This is not to say that we should disobey all constitutional commands.’ It’s generous of him to allow us to keep the ones Liberal Elites like, isn’t it?

 
Comment by Gumball_Brains Subscribed to comments via email
2012-12-31 20:15:48

Our obsession with the Constitution has saddled us with a dysfunctional political system

Thus the one basis that is the foundation of all liberal, socialist, communist, marxist, and democrat thinking of today’s politicians.

If you people hate it so much, why don’t you just move to a country that has similar political machinations?

But, you people are cowards. You can’t stand to leave this country’s massive economic and technological powerhouse. You KNOW that a country that is built upon your slanted hateful beliefs has no economy, has no freedoms, has no advancements.

Yet, you are incapable of understanding that inflicting your psychotic lunatic beliefs upon this nation will cause this nation to die. You are killing this nation just like all socialists have killed their nations and their peoples over this world’s history.

Please leave. Take your friends with you.

 
2013-01-01 01:05:07

Happy New Year Admiral.

Thanks for standing guard over liberty.

 
Comment by pat
2013-01-01 02:30:11

A dying liberal desperate for attention. Seems to be a pattern. Reid. Pelosi. Feinstein, Something about useless, unaccomplished liberals that demand to be recognized as movers. Rather than as the hacks they are.

 
Comment by Rob in Katy
2013-01-03 00:40:55

When the “rule of law” is gone, I think that they will be begging for that crusty old constitution, because that is about all there is keeping me from getting some of my money back. Thar’s gold in them thar vunablle’s mouths!

 
Comment by Gumball_Brains Subscribed to comments via email
2013-01-03 09:44:45

Oh, no Rob. It’s the laws that they are fine with. Laws are built upon man and the times. They can be changed at will and altered to suit certain members of the populace or certain classes. It’s that pesky foundational screed that gets in the way. If they didn’t have that, they could make all the laws they wanted.

 

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