Skip to comments.Why the Constitution vexes the left
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 ...
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.
Eh? Is he a regular columnist with this "command" of the language?
Fven B4 Lincoln....
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.
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.
They do have a proofreading problem, I must admit. And spacing issues like that one, quite frequently.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.