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Liberal Media Bias: Time Mag. to Constitution: Drop Dead
Vocal Minority ^ | 6/24/11 | EricTheRed

Posted on 06/24/2011 9:00:05 AM PDT by EricTheRed_VocalMinority

To quote a certain president, “let me be perfectly clear”: Liberals hate the Constitution because it obstructs their ability to control and manipulate the populace. They only care about the Constitution when a liberal activist judge concocts completely new meanings out of it, such as “the separation of church and state” the “right to privacy (i.e., abortion) or the right for foreign illegal enemy combatants to get civil protections, habeas corpus rights, etc. Probably the only document liberals hate more than the Constitution is the Bible, but that’s another topic for another blog post.

The latest embarrassment comes from the editor (!) of Time magazine. With maddening disrespect, the July 4 issue of Time will feature the Constitution being put through a paper shredder and the question posited: Does the document still matter?

Jim Treacher at the Daily Caller reports:

You probably think that just because a bunch of dead white guys wrote down some boring words on a piece of parchment or whatever, way back in the olden times of powdered wigs and wooden teeth, that means we all have to follow those words. That’s why you’re too stupid to write for Time! TheDC’s Jeff Poor reports: “On Thursday on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ Time magazine editor Richard Stengel presented the cover of his new July 4 issue, which features the U.S. Constitution going through a paper shredder and asks if the document still matters. According to Stengel, it does, but not as much anymore. ‘Yes, of course it still matters but in some ways it matters less than people think. People all the time are debating what’s constitutional and what’s unconstitutional. To me the Constitution is a guardrail. It’s for when we are going off the road and it gets us back on. It’s not a traffic cop that keeps us going down the center.’” Okay, so maybe Stengel doesn’t do much driving. Or thinking, for that matter. But you get his point: The rules only count when you don’t have to shred them to get what you want. Compounding the embarrassment for Stengel: He used to be the CEO of the National Constitution Center! Too bad he never got around to actually reading it.

This is blatant ignorance on display, even for an editor of a major magazine. The Constitution isn’t meant to police us. It isn’t even meant to be a guardrail for us. The genius of the Constitution is that it is essentially a traffic cop for the government, not for the people. Stengel ostensibly—like many liberals, including President Hope&Change—mixes this up. And they say Sarah Palin is stupid?

Treacher links to John Pitney, Jr. at NRO’s The Corner blog, who writes:

In a Time article on the Constitution, Richard Stengel writes: “If the Constitution was intended to limit the federal government, it sure doesn’t say so.”
Yes, it does. The Tenth Amendment says: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Even before the adoption of the Bill of Rights, James Madison explained the original understanding of the document in Federalist 45: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

But don’t mention that to Richard Stengel and the liberal know-it-all’s at Time. The Tenth Amendment is pretty far in. Maybe the former CEO of the freaking National Constitution Center just never made it that far in.

Or, more likely, Stengel—again, like many liberals—simply wants to ignore the blatantly obvious. The Constitution does limit the power of the federal government and Stengel doesn’t like that. Like a good liberal, he wants the government to control your freedom of speech via unconstitutional “hate speech” laws, your freedom of religious expression by invoking the non-existent “separation of church and state,” your right to assemble via false documents about national security threats by “right-wing extremists,” your private property via excessive taxation and eminent domain abuses, your quality of life such as the EPA controlling the water level in your toilet, the type of lightbulbs you use, the type of car you drive, the health care you desire, your right to bear arms via unconstitutional gun control laws, etc.

Doug Powers of  The Powers That Be blog adds:

The real answer to the question “does the Constitution still matter” is an unqualified “yes.” But don’t take my word for it. Here’s part of a conversation between Stengel and Howard Kurtz from December of 2010 concerning Time’s publication of Wikileaks documents:

KURTZ: But Rick, you say right here in your editor’s note in “TIME” magazine that these documents released by WikiLeaks “harm national security,” and that Assange meant to do so.

STENGEL: Right. I know. But there’s no way around that.

I mean, I believe that’s Assange’s intention. I believe on balance that they have been detrimental to the U.S. But our job is not to protect the U.S. in that sense. I mean, the First Amendment protects us in terms of releasing this information which does enlighten people about the way the U.S. conducts foreign policy.

If the Constitution did not limit the size and power of government the First Amendment would be moot. Would Stengel be satisfied if the federal government had claimed it had a right to edit parts of his Wikileaks story on the grounds that “the First Amendment matters, but not as much anymore”?

Of course the Constitution matters. Implying that it matters less in every area of life other than journalism is an ultimately self-defeating position, as the “free press” may someday discover thanks to “living Constitution” advocates.

It’s a bad idea to consider the Constitution to be a “guard rail” and then give the government the size and power to move it wherever they like (and probably subsequently brag about how many jobs it saved or created).

Exactly.

So when you don’t like the Constitution because it prevents the liberal know-it-alls to impose their godless agenda on society, what do you do? You question whether the whole damn thing is relevant anymore.

It’s bad enough when the run of the mill zhlub liberal does it. When it’s a prominent politician or the editor of a major national magazine, I weep for my country and fear for my children.

 


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1 posted on 06/24/2011 9:00:09 AM PDT by EricTheRed_VocalMinority
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To: EricTheRed_VocalMinority

Surprising people still read TIMES.....unfrakinreal. =.=


2 posted on 06/24/2011 9:03:28 AM PDT by cranked
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To: EricTheRed_VocalMinority

The same Time magazine that made Hitler, man of the year.


3 posted on 06/24/2011 9:04:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: EricTheRed_VocalMinority

Repeal Amendment XVI and we will be half-way back to a Constitutional Republic, as designed by the Framers.


4 posted on 06/24/2011 9:04:00 AM PDT by tpmintx (Liberalism=Envy, backed by Governmental authority. [I'm green; are you?])
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To: EricTheRed_VocalMinority
Well done.

But, the question really is: Does TIME magazine matter anymore? I think we all know the answer, and Stengel (that effeminate twit) is projecting. (And being effeminate is fine...as long as you're a woman).

5 posted on 06/24/2011 9:04:49 AM PDT by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: EricTheRed_VocalMinority

These stories are the softening up pre-invasion bombardmend. This is a full on plan,,, and the BIGGEST goal of a second Obama term. This is his main advisor. Farreed is is the author of the book he is carrying in that famous photo, “the Post American World”.

More than anything,, they want to be 100% freed from having to pretend to live by the US Constitution. This is their main goal.


6 posted on 06/24/2011 9:05:35 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: EricTheRed_VocalMinority
The last nail in the coffin of the MSM. . don't rest in peace. .
7 posted on 06/24/2011 9:07:34 AM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: EricTheRed_VocalMinority

The liberals have now made it clear they are the enemies of the Constitution. There will be no mercy and no reprieve.


8 posted on 06/24/2011 9:10:11 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: tpmintx
Repeal Amendment XVI and we will be half-way back to a Constitutional Republic, as designed by the Framers.

Amen and A M E N ! ! !

9 posted on 06/24/2011 9:11:01 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: Pharmboy

NO,, Time doesnt. But when the editor of Time and Newsweek launch the SAME philosophical attack. And it is designed to begin the dialogue of replacing the Comstitution with a new one. You BETTER take it seriously.

Remember that the Newsweek editor is Obama closest advisor. This is the start of a coordinated effort. They are moving first to make it acceptable to discuss.

Every move they make begins this way. Global warming,, Health care, US guns causing trouble in Mexico stories started about 3 years ago. A sudden flood.
This is the line that i think will end in open violence if crossed. And i believe they fully intend to cross it as soon as the right economic disaster hits.


10 posted on 06/24/2011 9:11:27 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: EricTheRed_VocalMinority

Glenn Beck posits the question: “Can Man Rule Himself?”

If the left think that Man cannot rule himself, then how can they endorse Men ruling over other men?

This seems to be a paradox on the left.

If Man is not qualified to rule himself then isn’t man also equally unqualified to rule over others, be those men Kings, Dictators, or even Saints?

All the apparatus of government consists of men, but if the left is correct in their assertion that man cannot rule himself then should their goal be to minimize the sins of men ruling over other men?


11 posted on 06/24/2011 9:14:20 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Good point. Reminiscent of Madison in Federalist 51, who said:

“The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”


12 posted on 06/24/2011 9:24:00 AM PDT by EricTheRed_VocalMinority (http://VocalMinority.typepad.com "The Jewish Republican's Web Sanctuary")
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To: EricTheRed_VocalMinority

Rejection of the U.S. Constitution is one step from advocating overthrow of the U.S. government. Are the editors of these publications trying to overthrow our government or do they wish to cedede and establish a new nation separate from the U.S. which I love and which is guided by the U.S. Constitution?


13 posted on 06/24/2011 9:40:15 AM PDT by iacovatx (If you must lie to recruit to your cause, you are fighting for the wrong side.)
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To: EricTheRed_VocalMinority
The Constitution is a Compact between the People and the government. When one party breaches contract, as government is doing now, the aggrieved party will seek redress. When the offending party is the government, who may tell the aggrieved party they don't have standing, then all bets are off. This will not end well.
14 posted on 06/24/2011 9:58:42 AM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: cranked
"Surprising people still read TIME"

When US News & World Report finally folded up they just started sending Time with no explanation and no refund. When we called to cancel they asked "why."

Answer: too liberal.

15 posted on 06/24/2011 10:12:36 AM PDT by Neanderthal
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To: GraceG
If the left think that Man cannot rule himself, then how can they endorse Men ruling over other men?

They don't see any paradox because they're "special". Their leftism IS their virtue; it is their qualification to rule over us knuckle-walking bitter clingers.

16 posted on 06/24/2011 10:32:50 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: GraceG
Glenn Beck posits the question: “Can Man Rule Himself?”

If the left think that Man cannot rule himself, then how can they endorse Men ruling over other men?

This question nevers occurs to them and has no relevance for them. It is a question of power. The acquisition and retention of power over others. And for the worst of them, it's the power to harm others without consequence that they seek. They are monsters - killers without conscience.

17 posted on 06/24/2011 10:33:56 AM PDT by Noumenon ("One man with courage is a majority." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: EricTheRed_VocalMinority
There isn't any more perfect illustration of how different the conceptions of government have become between the two ideological poles. Shorn of the trappings Stengel's argument is simply "The Constitution protects my freedom to regulate you." The fundamental premise of any constitution is that it describes one set of rules for everyone to follow, open and transparent. Since the heady days of the 60's when liberalism took a hard left turn, that premise has been discarded in preference to a government that attempts to adjust social outcomes by invoking different sets of rules for different classes of people. Progressive taxation was the first of these attempts, Affirmative Action the most obvious. Naturally the strictures of a Constitution will be a hindrance to those whose purpose is to change rules until a carefully undefined "social justice" is attained.
18 posted on 06/24/2011 10:34:25 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Hoosier-Daddy
This will not end well.

No. It certainly won't.

19 posted on 06/24/2011 10:35:59 AM PDT by Noumenon ("One man with courage is a majority." - Thomas Jefferson)
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20 posted on 06/24/2011 10:42:55 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("First we beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: cranked

21 posted on 06/24/2011 10:50:10 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: DesertRhino
You are, of course, correct, and I noticed--starting about six months ago--the beginnings of "...the Constitution is an 18th century document that has outlived its usefulness" starting to come up now and again. SO...I did NOT mean to ignore the MSM's blast on our Founding, but only to point out what dreadful little twit Stengel is (I admit to seeing him on the detestable Joe Scarborough's show occasionally).

I remember back in the 1950s when I was in grade school, the teacher telling us that "...the Constitution is a living, breathing document" and always took that to mean that it was still relevant today, i.e., it was alive.

It was only later on, when I became a conservative in 1974 that I realized the libs were trying to adjust it to fit their agendas...and that's where that old phrase came from.

22 posted on 06/24/2011 11:12:15 AM PDT by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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