Skip to comments.The U.S. Constitution and You (Homework Vanity)
Posted on 01/12/2010 9:07:57 PM PST by dit_xi
My dad says that there is no one better to ask for help with my homework on the U.S. Constitution than the patriots of the Free Republic, so please help. I am in 4th grade at a public school. Dad is at work tonight. One of the question on my homework is: "Do you think that the framers of the Constitution would recognize their handiwork in the current United States? Use information from the selection as well as your own opinion." My teacher is a lunatic liberal and I want her to have a cow when she reads my answer on how appalled our Founding Fathers would become if they ever witness the erosion of freedom and civil liberties in modern day America, especially under the Obama administration.
I was in the 4th grade in 1951 and I cant even recognize America anymore.
Im sure the framers would not believe what its own citizens have done to their
once great nation.
Good luck with your teacher be careful.
Our President (before he was president) saw the Constitution as an obstacle to implementing some of the CHANGE he meant to bring to American lives.
Obama rips U.S. Constitution
Faults Supreme Court for not mandating ‘redistribution of wealth’
Posted: October 27, 2008
Seven years before Barack Obama’s “spread the wealth” comment to Joe the Plumber became a GOP campaign theme, the Democratic presidential candidate said in a radio interview the U.S. has suffered from a fundamentally flawed Constitution that does not mandate or allow for redistribution of wealth.
In a newly unearthed tape, Obama is heard telling Chicago’s public station WBEZ-FM in 2001 that “redistributive change” is needed, pointing to what he regarded as a failure of the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren in its rulings on civil rights issues in the 1960s.
The Warren court, he said, failed to “break free from the essential constraints” in the U.S. Constitution and launch a major redistribution of wealth. But Obama, then an Illinois state lawmaker, said the legislative branch of government, rather than the courts, probably was the ideal avenue for accomplishing that goal.
“But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted, and the Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.” - Barack Obama
Another recent event was the Supreme Court decision that ruled your property is not your property. You can be forced to sell it to a private interest (non-government) if the powers that be decide so.
What 4th grader in America uses the word “handiwork” in a sentence?
For a 4th grader, you composed a very nice thread with correct spelling and punctuation. Very clear and concise. With words and phrases 4th graders do not use.
But it’s rather late to be doing homework now. Go to bed.
Not only that, he’s been a member since 2004, when he was only about 4!
No location. I would assume US.
It’s 9pm on the west coast.
It’s 8pm in AK and HI
It’s 2pm in Korea and Japan in case the kid is stationed in the Pacific.
Dad is at work tonight.
The kid is trying to get advice from FR. Whether dad or mom knows it.
thank you, sir or ma’am.
One could only wish our public schools could indeed turn out more students who have the writing abilities this “4th grader” does.
Read the book The 5000 Year Leap - and then tell me if present-day America looks anything like our Framers intended.
Yes, ma’am. I logged on using my dad’s account. My homework is due tomorrow. I’m almost done. Thank you for all your help.
Do you think that the framers of the Constitution would recognize their handiwork in the current United States? Use information from the selection as well as your own opinion.
To answer this question, we first must know what might be in "information from the selection." The other document necessary to answer this question is the Constitution itself (if different from "the selection"). The framers of the Constitution largely died before the Thirteenth Amendment (abolishing slavery in 1865), so we may consider only the first twelve amendments. (The Twelfth Amendment resulted from the controversial election of 1800 and details how we now select a president and vice-president.) I have no clue what "the selection" might be, so I won't discuss it here.
The Constitution retains its legitimacy as the foundation of American governance today. (Whether the Congress follows it is another matter entirely.) The three branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) still form part of the framework of the federal government. Although executive departments exercised discretion in interpreting the acts of Congress from the earliest days of the Republic, the powerful regulatory bureaucracy largely began with the New Deal of the 1930s.
Beyond the amendments to the Constitution, the size and power of the federal government has changed enormously since the time of the framers of the Constitution. Even in the early 1900s, the federal government consumed only a few percent of the economy, less than state and local governments consumed. Today, the federal government regulates or controls most of the American economy, a prospect that the founders considered tyrannical. The United States plays a leading role in world affairs that the framers did not anticipate. Nor could the framers have imagined the particular technologies now commonplace, a dramatic change from the almost entirely agrarian (agricultural) society of their day.
You can expound on these concepts, particularly the size and scope of the federal government. The framers gave the federal government a limited, specified role in the affairs of the young federation (from where we get the term "federal," a government wherein the states, not the national government, largely determine domestic policy, leaving foreign policy for the federal government). Congress no longer sticks to its enumerated powers.
Really freak her out and explain the abomination called the 17th amendment.
I would also point out the 2d amendment and why common sense dictates the framers put it in the Bill of Rights to protect against a tyrannical government and not for hunting or some mythical ‘national guard’.
wow...pretty articulate fourth grader!
Short answer: No.
One of the things that has drastically changed is the concept of the militia. In the days of the framers the militia was the average citizen and the average citizen was the militia... it is those militia-men who founded the country.
Nowdays the term ‘militia’ as in general use tends to be used to denote loonies, anti-government/law/establishment people, and are grouped rather near ‘terrorist’.
HOWEVER, the average citizen is still a member of the militia technically because most state constitutions define their state militia similar to “All able-bodied males 18 to 45.”
>What 4th grader in America uses the word handiwork in a sentence?
A home-schooled one.
Or “erosion of freedoms and civil liberties”...
We’re being punked!
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