Skip to comments.NY Times Opinion Writer: ‘Give Up’ On The ‘Archaic, Idiosyncratic’ And ‘Evil’ Constitution
Posted on 12/31/2012 7:28:28 AM PST by Nachum
Georgetown University constitutional law professor Louis Michael Seidman has just about had it with the focus of his 40 years of academic study. As he writes in the New York Times on Monday, it is the Constitution itself which has allowed for the series of legislative follies that finally resulted in the fiscal cliff. Seidman says that it is time for Americans to realize what lawmakers have known since the constitutions inception it is okay to ignore it.
As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downrght evil provisions, Seidman writes.
Our obsession with the Constitution has saddled us with a dysfunctional political system, kept us from debating the merits of divisive issues and inflamed our public discourse. Instead of arguing about what is to be done, we argue about what James Madison might have wanted done 225 years ago.
He goes on to detail the number of American politicians who have used every opportunity to sideline the Constitution; from John Adams to Abraham Lincoln to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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Traitor...exactly. Find out if the man is joking or serious. If serious, fire up the firing squad. The Founders are dead, but long live the Founders!
Foolish men like this are dead even while they live.
I don’t get that, either. Throughout history it seems, many Jews have been promoters of socialism and communism, even though they are the first ones to be targeted when the socialists attain power. Curiouser and curiouser, as Alice said.
I'm going to hazard a wild guess here, but I'll bet the prof has a real problem with the Bill of Rights. I will also bet he's a real fan of totalitarian government that doesn't have such niceties because they get in the way of enlighten people just like him. You know who they are — elitist liberals, socialists, Marxists, and other bed wetters.
Let me guess, the “evil provisions” of the constitution include the following:
Separation of Powers
First Amendment with regard to private worship and campaign donations
Restrictions on government seizures of property.
What obsession? All three branches simply ignore the Constitution whenever it gets in their way.
The professor is correct about one thing - politicians have been trying to ignore the Constitution since its inception. It’s sad, but the American people have supported them if they think there is some gain for them.
“Most people want security in this world, not liberty.” ~ H.L. Mencken
To those of no faith in the fidelity of the words which are our bond, of course the US Constitution seems to be “dysfunctional”.
But the question remains, with what should it be replaced?
No likely drafts have ever been composed that so distinctly support the rights endowed by our Creator - “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” as enumerated in the Declaration of Independence.
But for some, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are not among the paramount goals, virtues or rights of mankind, and certainly not if they are endowed by some supernatural diety. “Everybody knows” there is no such thing as God, we are here only by accident, and by accident, we, too, shall pass away.
Leaving, of course, a pristine Earth without the taint of humanity. But who would be there to record the fact?
He sounds like a complete moron
And the defining character of evil men is...LAWLESSNESS.
Wherever you find a “Progressive” you’ll find a reprobate.
Cicero warned the people, Paul the Apostle warned the people and the Founders warned the people to turn away from such men.
Let us heed their wise counsel.
What we allow the government to do rather than the government telling us what we can do. What part of “We The People” doesn’t this moron get?
The balance of powers, for starters. He clearly wants a more powerful presidency, so long as that president is a Democrat, of course.
I’m also sure he has great problems with the Bill Of Rights.
This is a Georgetown University law professor's opinion.
So, he is saying that we are slaves to the constitution which describes a government "of the people, by the people, for the people".
They have their messiah in place. If they can continue to have America ignore the constitution, the destruction of the USA will be complete.
Looks like they have a pretty good shot.
If these communists hate this country so much, why don’t they just leave? I’ll even help them pack.
You can take the Constitution from my cold dead hands!
What is this guys background. Where was he raised, who was his parents? Who was his mentors growing up.
Hey, Louie! It's not ok to ignore the constitution.
It is time for lawmakers to realize what Americans have always known, strict adherence to the constitution is one of the things that will save this country. The other, put God back in the public square and apologize to HIM for so flippantly disregarding HIS many blessings.
This demented excuse for a man is in the same class with the patient who refuses to take even one dose of his prescription and then blames the physician for not prescribing something else. In other words how can someone know the constitution is flawed when it has hardly ever been followed? Ignore all the garbage flowing from the mouths of “experts” and read the document and it will easily be seen that it is ignored almost in its entirety and has been for most of the life of the republic. Almost any abomination imaginable has been declared “constitutional” at one time or another by some judge or judges with the most egregious examples being recent USSC decisions. A law degree is not necessary to UNDERSTAND the constitution at all, it is only necessary for those tasked with writing absurd decisions in legal terms intended to mask the fact that the decision is upside down and backwards from the real intent of the founders. If a new constitution were to be written by such as this man it would be ten thousand pages and all of it would reduce to one sentence. Do as you damned well please and the citizens can go to blazes.
I’ve about had it with professors - particularly those that teach ‘law’.
I take it the Constitution is evil in its lack of being applied.