Look. Understand first that the Constitution is a moral document. See the John Adams quote if you want. And any attempt to demoralize the Constitition is an assault on it and will result in the mess we have now.
Where did I state that? My views are in defense of the Constitution, and the limitations it imposes. I believe in a narrow interpretation of the Constitution, and any attempt to expand upon it or assume "implied" powers is wrong - PERIOD!
200 years of SOCON rule? Your math may need some minor tweaks, as may your interpretation of SOCON rule through the latter part on the 1800's through the mid 1900's. The decline began much sooner than 1976, as one elitist after another sought to expand the interpretation of our founding document and sieze new opportunities to "preserve" society. That line of thinking gave us Lincoln, Coolidge, FDR, Johnson and along with it: Social Security, Keynsian economics, the welfare state, etc. How is that working out for us?
Do you really think Coolidge belongs on that list? I think he was the last President that tried to govern within the Constitution.