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Diminishing the Constitution
NRA-ILA ^ | February 10, 2012 | NA

Posted on 02/14/2012 12:14:24 PM PST by neverdem

It is certainly no surprise for gun owners to see the New York Times run a story belittling the United States Constitution. After all, the Times has worked for decades to devalue our founding document.

"[I]ts influence is waning," opines the Times. It is "terse and old, and it guarantees relatively few rights." The paper faults the Constitution for being difficult to amend and reflective of the times in which it was written. While the Times does not go so far as to claim the U.S. Constitution has been bad for America, it does lament that it is of "little current use to, say, a new African nation."

But it was a much bigger shock when the Times reported in the same story that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a sitting associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and grande dame of the Court's liberal voting bloc, shares the Times' dim view of the Constitution. Ginsburg said "I would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012." Her personal recommendations would instead include "the South African Constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the European Convention on Human Rights."

None of this should come as a surprise. One wonders, for example, if Justice Ginsburg even looks to the United States Constitution when interpreting it in 2012. Having had only limited success in getting the courts to creatively re-imagine the Constitution to suit their individual tastes, America's legal, academic, and media elites are now determined to minimize what is left of the founding charter's original meaning and intent by making unflattering comparisons to "sexier," more expansive documents that empower state bureaucracies, undermine individual rights, and micromanage citizens' day-to-day lives.

Those who hold this view would be happy see our Constitution abandoned in favor of a more "modern" document that grants "rights" such as health care, housing and employment, while eliminating protections for the right to keep and bear arms and restrictions on the powers of the central government. What these visionaries see as deficiencies in our Constitution are exactly the things that make it work so well. Its purpose is to guarantee fundamental rights and to protect liberty by restricting government power.

While it is lamentable that the Times cannot see the greatness of our Constitution, it is far more troubling that Justice Ginsburg cannot. And most troubling of all is the possibility that if elected to a second term, President Obama could appoint even more justices who share Justice Ginsburg's views.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 02/14/2012 12:14:36 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

http://www.newt.org/solutions/protecting-life-and-religious-liberty

Newt is right.

Congress CAN put the Courts back in their place, by simple majority vote!


2 posted on 02/14/2012 12:23:49 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: neverdem
document that grants "rights"

Precisely the problem.

Documents don't 'grant' rights.

God is the author of rights.

Our godless government can only grasp a document conferring rights.

3 posted on 02/14/2012 12:24:39 PM PST by JOAT
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To: neverdem

Only tyrants and their enablers have a problem with the US Constitution, thereby proving that the only problem liberals ever had with slavery is that the slaves were privately owned.


4 posted on 02/14/2012 12:32:17 PM PST by Maceman (Liberals' only problem with American slavery is that the slaves were privately owned.)
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To: neverdem
Put simply, the United States Constitution is in the way of the Left’s dreams of a communist America.
5 posted on 02/14/2012 12:36:28 PM PST by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: ryan71
The Constitution was written before the Karl Marxs' Das Kapital, so it must be out of date.
6 posted on 02/14/2012 12:45:10 PM PST by oyez
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To: Maceman

So Liberals are alright with publicly owned slaves.


7 posted on 02/14/2012 12:48:58 PM PST by oyez
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To: neverdem; All
That should be downgrading the Constitution.

After our dear leader, President Downgrade.
He’s downgraded our credit rating, the economy, our security and stature in the world, that was next on his list.

8 posted on 02/14/2012 12:51:39 PM PST by Voice of Reason1 ("Absolute power corrupts absolutely” Lord Acton 1887)
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To: oyez

They use deconstructionism to simply invalidate the Constitution in favor of their own “intellect”.

Deconstructionism:
A term tied very closely to postmodernism, deconstructionism is a challenge to the attempt to establish any ultimate or secure meaning in a text. Basing itself in language analysis, it seeks to “deconstruct” the ideological biases (gender, racial, economic, political, cultural) and traditional assumptions that infect all histories, as well as philosophical and religious “truths.” Deconstructionism is based on the premise that much of human history, in trying to understand, and then define, reality has led to various forms of domination - of nature, of people of color, of the poor, of homosexuals, etc. Like postmodernism, deconstructionism finds concrete experience more valid than abstract ideas and, therefore, refutes any attempts to produce a history, or a truth. In other words, the multiplicities and contingencies of human experience necessarily bring knowledge down to the local and specific level, and challenge the tendency to centralize power through the claims of an ultimate truth which must be accepted or obeyed by all.


9 posted on 02/14/2012 12:59:05 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: oyez
So Liberals are alright with publicly owned slaves.

They are more than alright with publicly owned slaves. It is their endgame, as with all dictatorships, to enslave the people, direct their actions, mold their minds, and confiscate their fruits of their labor.

In fact, when you get right down to it, Liberals are the new Uncle Toms.

10 posted on 02/14/2012 1:02:13 PM PST by Maceman (Liberals' only problem with American slavery is that the slaves were privately owned.)
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To: neverdem
BTTT


Hillsdale College Constitution 101 Class Offered Free Online



11 posted on 02/14/2012 1:27:13 PM PST by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: neverdem

Ann Coulter was just on the radio predicting higher health insurance rates for gun owners. Once Obama makes another appointment to the Supreme Court he can do anything he wants.


12 posted on 02/14/2012 2:01:48 PM PST by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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To: LZ_Bayonet

The Downgrade Administration has mandated that companies in the private sector must provide products and services free of charge.

What’s to stop them from doing what you’ve described?

Do people realize how close we are to the tipping point of crashing like Greece in a few years?


13 posted on 02/14/2012 3:16:08 PM PST by Voice of Reason1 ("Absolute power corrupts absolutely” Lord Acton 1887)
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14 posted on 02/14/2012 7:37:56 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Maceman

Sadly, its true.


15 posted on 02/14/2012 7:57:10 PM PST by oyez
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To: MrB
Deconstructionism

What happens when academia fails to keep pace with the growth of the human potential.

16 posted on 02/14/2012 8:05:57 PM PST by oyez
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To: neverdem

Political shills of both parties have contributed to the shredding wholesale of our Constitution for at least 110 years.

Now with so many globalist judges in place . . . they are in a position to bury it wholesale.

May God have mercy on all who Love Him out of an authentic heart.


17 posted on 02/14/2012 8:24:56 PM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


18 posted on 02/14/2012 9:13:44 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem
Recent threads:

Obama Sees Constitution As Obstacle

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Barack Obama v. the Founders

The End of the Constitution

19 posted on 02/14/2012 9:44:34 PM PST by thouworm (.)
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To: thouworm

Thanks for the libks!


20 posted on 02/14/2012 10:35:00 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
It's often assumed that America is different from other countries in that other countries don't have America's Constitution. But the obvious fact is that all countries have had the American Constitution ever since the Eighteenth Century. What other countries do not have is governments whose officers respect the limits the Constitution imposes on government - on themselves.

And now we don't, either - and we are in a fix. Just how bad a fix, we shall see as the months and years play out.

21 posted on 02/15/2012 4:12:02 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: neverdem; thouworm; All

Thanks for the ping/post/links; links; thread.


22 posted on 02/15/2012 3:59:32 PM PST by PGalt
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