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.
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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.
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.
Does anyone know what time the Constitution will be read; and if CSPAN will cover it?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
The Constitution to liberals/socialists is what sunlight and a cross is to a vampire.
“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.
It's the Arizona Cardindals.
And we're intentionally trying to forget them! ; D
“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.
I like the Chinese restaurant analogy. The typical liberal prefers their “meal” with no MSG.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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