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Ad for new PBS show "Constitution USA" (I got a bad feeling about this)
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Posted on 05/05/2013 9:39:09 AM PDT by Maceman

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To: SunkenCiv
Forcing me to pay for NPR and PBS violates my First Amendment rights.

Indeed

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson

51 posted on 05/08/2013 7:22:03 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: American Constitutionalist; justiceseeker93

See post #42.

I also thought it was surprisingly good.


52 posted on 05/08/2013 7:26:50 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: justiceseeker93
Thanks for sharing your reaction to the program.

Hope that the other programs will be courageous in defense of the Founders' insistence that any "changes" or "amendments" to "the People's" Constitution must be done in accordance with Article V.

You mentioned that, so far, they treated it with "respect" and no mention that it is "dead."

We also must watch for that fraudulent "living" constitution meme also.

Note the following quotation from the Walter Berns essay about the Left's sleight of hand with Marshall's words, wherein they left out 8 pages of text in order to twist his words to their own ends.

"The living Constitution school also claims to have a source more venerable than legal realism or Ronald Dworkin - justice John Marshall. A former president of the American Political Science Association argues that the idea of a " 'living Constitution'...can trace its lineage back to John Marshall's celebrated advice in McCulloch v. Maryland (1819): 'We must never forget that it is a Constitution we are expounding...intended to endure for ages to come, and consequently to be adapted to the various crises of human affairs' " The words quoted are certainly Marshall's but the opinion attributed to him is at odds with his well-known statements that, for example, the "principles" of the Constitution "are deemed fundamental [and] permanent" and, except by means of formal amendment, "unchangeable" (Marbury v. Madison). It is important to note that the discrepancy is not Marshall's; it is largely the consequence of the manner in which he is quoted - ellipses are used to join two statements separated by some eight pages in the original text. Marshall did not say that the Constitution should be adapted to the various crises of human affairs; he said that the powers of Congress are adaptable to meet those crises. The first statement appears in that part of his opinion where he is arguing that the Constitution cannot specify "all the subdivisions of which its great powers will admit;" if it attempted to do so, it would "partake of the prolixity of a legal code" (McCulloch v. Maryland), In the second statement, Marshall's subject is the legislative power, and specifically the power "to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution" the explicitly granted powers.

Neither Marshall nor any other prominent members of the founding generation can be 'appropriated' by the living Constitution school to support their erroneous views. Marshall's and the Founders' concern was not to keep the Constitution in tune with the times but, rather, to keep the times to the extent possible, in tune with the Constitution. And that is why the Framers assigned to the judiciary the task of protecting the Constitution as written."

The sly foxes who call themselves "progressives" believe the Constitution is "a flawed document," and, as such, they want to remold it so that its strict limits on their power are not "constricted" (the term recently used by the current President).

Now, isn't that just another word for "strictly limited"? Another President, Thomas Jefferson, praised that beauty of the Constitution, saying that "We, the People" should "bind them down by the chains of the Constitution"!! What a contrast in views!!

One President--who understood the advantages of liberty for a nation--saw limits on power as a good thing.

Over 200 hundred years later, a President who just told college students that big government is a good thing, must not understand the difference between liberty and tyranny. In fact, to the same students, he derided those who use such terms and warned the students against paying attention to them.

Still better watch out for the PBS version of the Founders' Constitution.

53 posted on 05/09/2013 4:02:19 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: loveliberty2
We also must watch for that fraudulent "living" constitution meme also.

I thought that the left's mantra was a "living and breathing" constitution. :)

One President--who understood the advantages of liberty for a nation--saw limits on power as a good thing.

Over 200 hundred years later, a President who just told college students that big government is a good thing, must not understand the difference between liberty and tyranny. In fact, to the same students, he derided those who use such terms and warned the students against paying attention to them.

Yes, you are right on target about the diametrically opposite views of the two. But when you say that Obama "must not understand the difference between liberty and tyranny," I would disagree. He does understand it, having been exposed heavily to the far left scene since childhood. From then on, he has been pretty much consistent in his dreams to transform a society which at least placed some value on liberty of the individual into one based on subjugation of the citizenry to an all-powerful government. But, as a student of Alinsky, he realizes that he has to be clever and disguise his perverse dream while trying to sell it to a prospective group of new comrades, as he attempted to do at Ohio State Sunday.

54 posted on 05/09/2013 5:41:43 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93
Thanks. Your points are well taken.

There is little evidence of any significant study of the history of nations, of the ideas which lead to freedom and opportunity, although there is evidence of study of Marx, Lenin and Alinsky.

The ongoing campaign rhetoric focusing on "fair share" was just a misleading call for "slavery" by another name. Government "masters" buy votes in exchange for retaining their "master redistributionist" status, while their "voters" yield up freedom for themselves and future generations.

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." - C. S. Lewis

All who doubt the wisdom of Lewis might watch the video of the President's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. There, Obama arrogantly misappropriated Jesus's spiritual challenge to individuals, claiming those words as validating and authorizing abusive use of coercive power by himself and his cronies to "take" from some in order to buy votes and accumulate more power to themselves--all in the name of "helping" the beneficiaries of such unconstitutional "takings."

Hear Samuel Adams:

"Is it now high time for the people of this country to explicitly declare whether they will be free men or slaves. It is an important question which ought to be decided. It concerns more than anything in this life. The salvation of our souls is interested in this event. For wherever tyranny is established, immorality of every kind comes in like a torrent, it is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice.” - Samuel Adams

And:

“The utopian schemes of leveling and a community of goods, are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the crown. These ideas are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government unconstitutional.” - Samuel Adams

55 posted on 05/12/2013 12:39:15 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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