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Lefty blogger: The Constitution is confusing because, hey, itís pretty old
Hot Air ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT

Posted on 12/30/2010 2:02:32 PM PST by RobinMasters

Via Eyeblast. The good news? This clip has become such a hit among righties on Twitter that Iowahawk was inspired to cook something up in honor of it. The bad news? I think Klein’s getting a bit of a bad rap. His formulation is idiotic — not all old texts are confusing, of course — but that’s probably just rhetorical clumsiness while live on the air. All he means, I take it, is that it’s often not clear how constitutional provisions should apply to modern circumstances not envisioned by the Founders.

This is why there are 5-4 decisions all the time on the Supreme Court, and even splits within the Court’s conservative wing, on matters of huge constitutional import. (It pains me to remind you that Scalia concurred with the judgment of the majority in the Raich case.) Here’s Klein elaborating at his WaPo blog:

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1 posted on 12/30/2010 2:02:33 PM PST by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

Constitution is perfectly clear when the left discovers new governmental powers in there. When it doesn’t, it’s confusing.


2 posted on 12/30/2010 2:02:52 PM PST by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

Here’s the direct link to the video.. the posting of which isn’t confusing at all:

http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/checker.aspx?v=hd6UkU6UaG


3 posted on 12/30/2010 2:06:14 PM PST by humblegunner (Blogger Overlord)
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To: RobinMasters

The Constitution ois confusing to leftists because it does not grant total control over every aspect of a citizens life by the Federal Government. They lack the ability to grasp the concepts of freedom and liberty.


4 posted on 12/30/2010 2:13:49 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA
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To: RobinMasters
My main problem with Klein’s argument is simply that he misidentifies the source of constitutional ambiguity: It’s not so much that the document is old, it’s that it’s remarkably terse.

An excellent point.

5 posted on 12/30/2010 2:17:07 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: RobinMasters

Well, it is chock full of “negative liberties”.


6 posted on 12/30/2010 2:47:37 PM PST by ozark hilljilly (Y'all had enough, yet?)
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To: ozark hilljilly

“Well, it is chock full of “negative liberties”.

So true. Which means controlled government instead of government control. The lefties can’t handle the truth.


7 posted on 12/30/2010 2:58:56 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: RobinMasters

Ignoramus.


8 posted on 12/30/2010 3:27:14 PM PST by patriot preacher
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To: RobinMasters
"The Constitution is confusing because, hey, it’s pretty old"

Newton's Second Law is pretty old too -

maybe this guy should test it out by jumping off a high building to see if it still works.
9 posted on 12/30/2010 3:27:45 PM PST by indthkr
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To: RobinMasters

In the actual words of the Constitution, in the words of the Federalist Papers and in the actions and writing of other creators of the Constitution, one thing is very CLEAR in the intention of the US Constitution: our government is designed to be a LIMITED and CONSTRAINED operation. The Founders had experience with an expanding and controlling government in the British and wanted to forbid such expansion against our own citizenry.

Nothing is more of an anathema to the current Progressive / Liberal than a constrained central government. For them to achieve their “best of all worlds”, they need a government that they will control as the natural political masters.

As such they MUST DIMINISH the US Constitution into a dated document that is more a shadow of an ideal rather than the SUPREME LAW of this Country. This is but one of a storm of attacks, past and future, that will be sent against the United States Constitution as the “Pole Star” of our governance to make room for their expansionist ideals of a more ‘able’ government.


10 posted on 12/30/2010 4:05:25 PM PST by SES1066 (Thank you for your vote in November, now let us get to work!)
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To: RobinMasters

It is especially confusing

IF YOU NEVER READ IT!!!!


11 posted on 12/30/2010 10:37:12 PM PST by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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