Hey! Let's have a 'Burn the Constitution Day!'

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    Hey! Let's have a 'Burn the Constitution Day!'​



    By Rick Moran
    December 31, 2012



    See also: Subverting the Constitution

    I had to read this screed from some obscure "Constitutional Law" professor twice to make sure he wasn't kidding.

    Louis Michael Seidman teaches at Georgetown University and wrote an op ed in the New York Times titled "Let's Give Up on the Constitution."

    The prof should give himself an "A" for orignal thinking, a "B+" for unintentional humor, but an "F" for being a total butthead.

    This is what passes for thinking by Seidman:
    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 downright evil provisions.

    Consider, for example, the assertion by the Senate minority leader last week that the House could not take up a plan by Senate Democrats to extend tax cuts on households making $250,000 or less because the Constitution requires that revenue measures originate in the lower chamber. Why should anyone care? Why should a lame-duck House, 27 members of which were defeated for re-election, have a stranglehold on our economy? Why does a grotesquely malapportioned Senate get to decide the nation's fate?

    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.​

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/31/opinion/lets-give-up-on-the-constitution.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0


    If we acknowledged what should be obvious — that much constitutional language is broad enough to encompass an almost infinitely wide range of positions — we might have a very different attitude about the obligation to obey. It would become apparent that people who disagree with us about the Constitution are not violating a sacred text or our core commitments. Instead, we are all invoking a common vocabulary to express aspirations that, at the broadest level, everyone can embrace. Of course, that does not mean that people agree at the ground level. If we are not to abandon constitutionalism entirely, then we might at least understand it as a place for discussion, a demand that we make a good-faith effort to understand the views of others, rather than as a tool to force others to give up their moral and political judgments.

    If even this change is impossible, perhaps the dream of a country ruled by “We the people” is impossibly utopian. If so, we have to give up on the claim that we are a self-governing people who can settle our disagreements through mature and tolerant debate. But before abandoning our heritage of self-government, we ought to try extricating ourselves from constitutional bondage so that we can give real freedom a chance.



    right wing asshole op doesnt understand?

    No you just jumped on the right wing take of this guys piece
     
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    That douchebag owes money back to every student who ever had to pay tuition for taking his class. Clearly he's an idiot. What stupid, leftist twats like him never fail to understand is that the federal government has NO AUTHORITY over any of us that isn't derived from the U.S. Constitution. None. It's by the States agreement, upon ratification, that the federal government even EXISTS.

    So, fuck him... and every commie bastard like him. If he wants to rule by right of might, that's a sword that swings both fucking ways. Democracy is a dangerous thing in the hands of morons who don't understand WHY minority views are protected. Next thing you know, the majority might decide that leftist idiots, who can't leave other people the fuck alone, ought to be rounded up and catapulted off our shores. And in a society governed by Mob Rule, who's to say otherwise? Nitwits.
     

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