Skip to comments.Professor Urges Constitution Be Abandoned (Satire)
Posted on 01/05/2013 10:07:15 AM PST by John Semmens
In an op ed piece for the New York Times, Georgetown Professor of Constitutional Law Louis Seidman asserts that obedience to the Constitution blocks implementation of measures those in a position to know best want to enact.
The heralded checks and balances inflicted on us by this archaic document stifle the beneficence of wise leaders like President Obama, Seidman wrote. Unconstrained by the outdated philosophy of the nations founders, President Obama could easily bring a new era of social justice to America and the world.
Seidman cited the imperfections of the men who wrote the Constitution as grounds for rejecting their work. The so-called freedoms of speech and religion, the right to bear arms, and the idea of limited government are the values of dead white males, the professor continued. The women, minorities, and poor who were excluded from participating then should not today be bound to respect them.
Calling the notion of individual freedom a false consciousness, the op ed argued for the more robust freedom of total democracy where society acting collectively can make and remake the rules under which they choose to live. Why should the majority be forced to tolerate the speech of a disruptive minority or be prevented from disarming enemies of the state? Modern times call for modern ideas to supplant reverence for the past.
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He’s a little bit late, that’s already been done for most practical purposes
America urges professor be abandoned.
Dammit John, I never know if these are satire or truth anymore.
Saw the guy on Fox News yesterday with Megyn Kelly-
His basic premise is that of so many today - laws and sociatal mores are situational. And today, what is right is wrong 6 months from now and so forth. Short term profits, short term laws, short term and so forth. It all fits.
My favorite line of his was that the writers of the Constitution are not representative of our country today.
To which I say, “Well, duh!”
Oh, how the radical left would like us to trash our Constitution. It is the ONLY vehicle between us and communist dictatorship.
An Americans urge this ‘professor’ to abandon the US and get the hell out- If he doesn’t support the cosntitution, then he doesn’t lvoe thsi great nation and doesn’t belong here- period- I can’t beleive he’s even a teacher-
If he don like constipation, he can move to USSR, Kuba, Koooorea, Vinizuela paradize and mabeee be asspointed Kommieeesaaaar.
How about we dissolve the terms of his employment with the university and force him to work as a serf to provide “affordable” education to all our youth...in the name of economic and educational justice.
A lot of leftists think that way for real
Why isn’t this so-called “professor” being investigated for sedition?
I know, it’s scary when satire is too dang close to the truth!
It’s satire... right?
Great writing. It’s coming.
Darn, I must have missed the memo about mankind having shifted from FALLEN SINNERS to SAINTS.
“In questions of power, let no more be heard of the confidence in men but bind them down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution!”
That old dead white guy, Thomas Jefferson
It’s funny because the U.S. really doesn’t follow its own constitution. Seriously. Would the founding fathers really envision today’s government and all its expansive powers as a product of their constitution?
what a arrogant ass... i truly believe that one cannot be intellectual and arrogant at the same time...
“The heralded ‘checks and balances’ inflicted on us by this archaic document stifle the benifence of wise leaders like President Obama.”
There are no words to describe the stupidity of this individual; none.
That's when I looked at the source. NOBODY says that!
Being an academic type, I think you are manifestly unsuited to survive and thrive under the law of the jungle. Actually, you might be a tasty appetizer for a high end predator. Yummy.
anyone who thinks that the founders where semi-tyrants who only wanted to preserve their own power in the writing of the Constitution only need to hear the words of this moron to understand that the Founders were completely, 100% correct in their fear of a direct democracy, and their idea to separate the powers of government among many different necessary and equal factions was the right direction.
Only when the ill intentioned made changes and broadened some ideas ... until they were perverted did things really begin to deteriorate. God help us.
FREEDOM! LIBERTY! SELF PROTECTION!
Choosing where to live,
what work to do,
who to befriend,
when ever we decide to make a change it is our choice
how to go about our life
within the framework of Constitutional laws.
This produced the most successful nation ever and established it for the years we actually lived supporting the Constitutional LAW of the land.
When we began to digress away ... is when we started down.
Always remember to judge by the results we get.
What we get today is crushing debt, crushing restrictions in the process of the coming, Agenda 21,EPA ... dangerous threats, and binding regulations. Repressed economy.
This is what is happening now, and it is not for the good. It is the evil of corrupted thinking ... of Tyranny at the gate. The list is long and it has been accumulating and abetting immoral hedonistic behavior.
Are we really going to FACEBOOK, TEXT, IPHONE, AND ENTERTAIN OUR SELF INTO SLAVERY WILLINGLY?
That is where we are headed.
God help America. Some are too blind and stuck to see. Thank Thee LORD for the blessings poured upon America. Remove evil from being in power. We seek to serve thee Father, we thank thee for thy grace, in Jesus name, amen.
If the constitution is to be abandoned, then the first new law should be to outlaw socialism and communism, progressivism, liberalism, leftism, social-democracy, and acts calculated to advance these things under any other name. Islam is outlawed as well, and Muslims will be deported from the US in an orderly manner.
The next set of laws will be expanding the list of criminal offenses that can receive the death penalty to many violent crimes and perversions. When a jury gives a death penalty, it shall be carried out within three days.
Too bad the left so hated the constitution that they destroyed it. But now that it’s gone, there is no more reason to hoard up leftists or other scoundrels.
So once they’re gone, we can put ourselves to the task of writing a new constitution, ironing out some of the bugs of the last one.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world (1 John 4:1-3).
Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son (2 John 1:7-9).
Why, indeed. :( Our so-called representatives have abdicated their responsibilities.
I believe the lawlessness in the times predicted in the Bible is just about here. The liberal want the protections and freedoms of the Constitution that they approve of but not any that have anything that would stop the very government they so trust blindly and naively. They are too stupid to believe that the very government they think has their back also has a sniper’s crosshairs beaded in on their very foreheads. Is there a term for ultra-stupid and naive at the same time? Why yes there is - liberal.
The American left recognized that the Constitution, understood as written and intended, would never allow socialism. They also recognized that the amendment process was too difficult and slow. That is why they developed the "living Constitution" idea back in Wilson's time. They have been termiting away based on this pernicious theory ever since.
Sounds like something Hitler would say.
“...Oh, how the radical left would like us to trash our Constitution. It is the ONLY vehicle between us and communist dictatorship...”
Actually, about 80 million gun owners and a large portion of the military are the only thing between us and the democrat/liberal/communist dictatorship that the dems want.
Why do you think they’re going after guns so hard?
It always surprises me to hear people talk about the relativity of law or morals like that, as if they’ve unconvrred something. Forget the Constitution, forget Aristotle, even. Go back to the decalogue. What does it mean for adultery to be against the covenant? It was the olden days, so the rule must be absolute an unbending. But in order to apply it, you must inquirer into various things. The act itself, what it consists of. Who was involved, when and where. What their status was. How the community viewers them. And so on and so forth.
In other words, it was all situational, and the right and wrong of it relative to particular circumstances. It is possible to be more or less situational, I suppose, and for rules to be more or less flexible, wider or narrower in application. But all the guy you’re talking about, if I may be so bold to guess, was probably advocating is some different set of rules, maybe even stricter, with which to replace old ones.
Relativity is a much abused concept. I think back to Hamlet, where at some point he says they must have grounds more relative, meaning a stronger basis for believing. Protagoras and his “man is the measure” philosophy is much more what people mean by bad relativity, but it is not the real danger. I much rather fear bad morality than loose morality. Hardly anyone ever gets to Anything Goes, but that too is scary.
Lets Give Up on the Constitution
By LOUIS MICHAEL SEIDMAN | December 30, 2012
I wish others would be so intgellectually honest. Even though this article is a mix of fantasy and reality, you have to wonder if Harry Reid et al will really try to run such legislation to at least repeal the Bill of Rights.
He would NEVER say that if the President and the Senate were Republican.
What a Dumbshit ...
Should send someone over to arrest him for prohibited speech ... after the constitution is revoked, per his request, there is no first amendment ..... life is hard when you are stupid!
Note to Dan Rather: Fake-but-accurate should be labeled “satire”.