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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Constitutional Ignorance?

“Congressmen, openly refusing to live up to their oath of office, exhibit their deep contempt for our Constitution. The question I’ve not been able to answer satisfactorily is whether that contempt simply mirrors a similar contempt held by most of the American people. I’m sure that if founders such as James Madison, John Adams or Thomas Jefferson were campaigning for the 2008 presidential elections, expressing their vision of the federal government’s role, today’s Americans would run them out of town on a rail. Does that hostility reflect constitutional ignorance whereby the average American thinks the Constitution authorizes Congress to do anything upon which they can get a majority vote or anything that’s a good idea? Or, are Americans contemptuous of the constitutional limitations placed on the federal government?”

-- Walter Williams


  • Their contempt is only for the actual words in the Constitution on those occasions when those words preclude them from addressing a situation in the way in which they ‘know’ is right and in which the ‘spirit’ of the Constitution therefore must allow. That is what they mean by a ‘living Constitution’. To the Left, the ‘spirit’ of the Constitution is caring, compassionate, well-intentioned and ‘fair’ ‘Liberalism’. To Conservatives, the actual words of the Constitution define what can be done at a Federal level, but to Liberals, the ‘spirit’ of the Constitution actually authorizes Liberalism

    By Anonymous Anotmo, at 7:38 AM  

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