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Why the Constitution vexes the left
NY Post ^ | January 5, 2011 | SETH LIPSKY

Posted on 01/06/2011 2:25:02 AM PST by Scanian

The Republican plan to start off the first session of the new House of Representatives today with a reading of the United States Constitution is giving the left the fantods -- and with good reason.

At Salon, Michael Lind gives us a piece headlined, "Let's stop pretending the Constitution is sacred." Ezra Klein, a Washington Post blogger, told a TV interviewer that the reading as a "gimmick" and suggested the Constitution isn't binding (though he later backpedaled).

And David Corn, under the title "The House GOP Weaponizes the Constitution," argues that the Founding Fathers "wouldn't cotton to lawmakers exploiting their well-crafted ocument and turning it into hollow political ammo."

The reason for all this alarm is that taking the Constitution seriously threatens the whole liberal project. Liberals, with the Obama administration in the van guard, want a vast expansion of federal power. Yet the Constitution grants the federal government only limited powers, and it enumerates them carefully, one by one.

Most of these enumerated powers are in Article I, Section 8. When Congress starts studying the list, it is going to find it so bering. It begins by granting Congress the power to "Lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay for the Debts and provide for the Common Defence and general Welfare of the United States."

Liberals like to suggest that the reference to the "general welfare" means Congress can do almost anything it wants. But the Founding Fathers saw it as a limit on its taxing power.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: expandedpower; ezraklein; foundingfathers; liberalagenda; salon

1 posted on 01/06/2011 2:25:08 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
If the liberals don't like the constitution then don't swear to uphold it when you take office.
We can find people who will be more than happy to promise to uphold it and you can go home. . . . .
2 posted on 01/06/2011 2:35:52 AM PST by DeaconRed (Everything IS Broken. . . . MSM won't report it. . . . The community organizer can't fix it.)
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To: Scanian

The last thing present-day liberals want is for the voters to get acquainted with the original liberals’ ideas contained in the U.S. Constitution.


3 posted on 01/06/2011 2:41:01 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Voter#537

I think the problem here...is if you start to define bills by Constitutional authorization...then you can forget about half the stuff that they get involved in.

One wishes....that Jefferson had written a simple piece that dictated the Senate would only be in place from January through July, and we’d not have all this “Hollywood” mess all year round now. You’ve got folks now who can name more senators than they can name members of the St Louis Cardinals....and I think it’s major indicator of how much we’ve changed DC in the past two decades.


4 posted on 01/06/2011 2:48:51 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Scanian

Does anyone know what time the Constitution will be read; and if CSPAN will cover it?


5 posted on 01/06/2011 2:57:38 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the 3rd day)
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To: Voter#537

Socialists, liberals, progressives and Democrats view the Constitution as a menu at a Chinese restaurant where they can pick and choose what sections they choose to ignore and what sections they demand be observed.


6 posted on 01/06/2011 2:57:51 AM PST by monocle
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To: pepsionice

The Constitution was set up to be altered by amendment with a 3/4 majority. Not by whatever legislation can be passed or Court decision rendered. That is why we are in the mess we are in today. Instead of having a Civil War slavery should have been stopped by amendment. It would have been given time. They are moving too fast now and entangled in a web of legislation that is hard to Undo.


7 posted on 01/06/2011 2:58:11 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Beware the Big Government Media Complex)
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To: Scanian

Well now you know why Obama did not have to produce his Birth certificate,its not Binding,Democrats dont have a Fetish for the Constitution


8 posted on 01/06/2011 3:02:28 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: Scanian
What puzzles me is if some people and politicians think that they can just blow off the Constitution, why don't they follow that out to the logical conclusion? The Constitution is the foundational Law of the Land. Yet they want to ignore it when it suits them. Then why would they expect others to completely comply with Obamacare (or any other Federal law)?

Why should I be constrained by their pet laws when they so casually blow off the constraints of the foundational Law?

Funny how the "living Constitution" types don't see this.

9 posted on 01/06/2011 3:09:42 AM PST by Two-Shoes (The Second Amendment exists to guarantee & give teeth to the First.)
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To: Scanian

We are going to see the “good-n-plenty” clause used for every piece of crap law coming down from above. What I have not heard is how the bill is determined to be constitutional.


10 posted on 01/06/2011 3:22:46 AM PST by mirkwood (Palin-Bolton 2012)
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To: Scanian

The answer is simple. All Leftists believe in the supremacy of the state over the individual. The U.S. Constitution gives supremacy to individual rights and constrains the state (meaning, in this context, the federal government).


11 posted on 01/06/2011 3:37:38 AM PST by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: skr

The Constitution to liberals/socialists is what sunlight and a cross is to a vampire.


12 posted on 01/06/2011 3:44:19 AM PST by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Two-Shoes

“Why should I be constrained by their pet laws when they so casually blow off the constraints of the foundational Law?”

Because they will send men with guns to your house to ‘put one through head’ if you don’t.


13 posted on 01/06/2011 3:51:40 AM PST by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: pepsionice
You’ve got folks now who can name more senators than they can name members of the St Louis Cardinals....

It's the Arizona Cardindals.

And we're intentionally trying to forget them! ; D

14 posted on 01/06/2011 4:20:39 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Scanian

“Let’s stop pretending the Constitution is sacred.”

It may not be sacred but it is the only justification for the existence of the Federal government.


15 posted on 01/06/2011 4:45:17 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: monocle

I like the Chinese restaurant analogy. The typical liberal prefers their “meal” with no MSG.

No Military
No Self-Defense
No God


16 posted on 01/06/2011 4:45:43 AM PST by RightFighter (So this is how liberty dies - with thunderous applause!)
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To: Caipirabob

The St. Louis Cardinals (MLB) have been around a lot longer than the Chicago-St. Louis-Phoenix-Arizona Cardinals (NFL). They have also won many more championships than the NFL Cardinals, who haven’t won a championship since 1947.


17 posted on 01/06/2011 4:47:53 AM PST by GeorgeTex (Obama-Four M President (Mendacious Manchurian Muslim Marxist))
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To: PoloSec

The reading, at 11 eastern, will be done by turns. Piglosi is the first ‘rat reader.

Having ‘rats read it is akin to the schoolboys (and girls) being forced in detention to write repeatedly on the blackboard what they should have been doing instead of what they have been doing.


18 posted on 01/06/2011 4:48:34 AM PST by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: Scanian
"The House GOP Weaponizes the Constitution,"

Excellent! That is exactly what we need to have happen. We need representatives (of the people) who will beat-down the monstrous un-Constitutional leviathan the federal government has become.

...argues that the Founding Fathers "wouldn't cotton to lawmakers exploiting their well-crafted document and turning it into hollow political ammo."

If you think it is "hollow political ammo" that just shows how little you understand (and revere) our Founding Fathers and their well-crafted document. It isn't hollow, as the big-government socialist fascists are about to find out.

19 posted on 01/06/2011 5:31:41 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Scanian

I recommend you read Federalist No. 45. There Hamilton specifically says that the powers allocated to the federal government are narrowly defined, few in number and definite while those left to the states are expansive, numerous and indefinite in scope.


20 posted on 01/06/2011 6:07:51 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Scanian

Michelle Malkin on F&F said it well: the Constitution is like garlic to the vampires. Our Constitution is the only thing standing in the way of the liberals’ plans for this nation. They must discredit it—and anyone who supports it—at any cost.


21 posted on 01/06/2011 6:35:30 AM PST by MizSterious ("Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -JFK)
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To: Scanian
Liberals, with the Obama administration in the van guard

Eh? Is he a regular columnist with this "command" of the language?

22 posted on 01/06/2011 6:36:49 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Scanian

Fven B4 Lincoln....

http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/gunny-g-eveb-b4-lincoln-our-constitution-was-undermined-by-the-enemy-within/#more-33157


23 posted on 01/06/2011 6:37:59 AM PST by gunnyg (WE ARE BEHIND "ENEMY WITHIN" LINES, SURROUNDED, November? Ha! ...So Few Can "grok" It.)
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To: TalBlack

Libs really bristle when you [try to] make them face the reality that they rely on violence to make you conform to their pet policies.

The reason they hate the Constitution, or any fixed set of rules, is that arbitrary and unequal application of law is the basis for their power.


24 posted on 01/06/2011 6:38:48 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: goldstategop

Really? Without taking the time right now to read that,
I’d say that was in opposition to what I understand about Hamilton -

he was more of a big centralized power kinda guy.


25 posted on 01/06/2011 6:40:40 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB

They do have a proofreading problem, I must admit. And spacing issues like that one, quite frequently.


26 posted on 01/06/2011 6:45:20 AM PST by Scanian
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