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CBS Promotes ‘Giving Up On’ The Constitution

From 60 News, via Breitbart:

CBS Runs Segment Called ‘Let’s Give Up On The Constitution’

From Georgetown law professor Louis Michael Seidman:

I’ve got a simple idea: Let’s give up on the Constitution. I know, it sounds radical, but it’s really not. Constitutional disobedience is as American as apple pie. For example, most of our greatest Presidents — Jefferson, Lincoln, Wilson, and both Roosevelts — had doubts about the Constitution, and many of them disobeyed it when it got in their way.

Really? Can Mr. Seidman cite a specific instance of a President disobeying the Constitution? I mean, prior to Obama.

To be clear, I don’t think we should give up on everything in the Constitution. The Constitution has many important and inspiring provisions, but we should obey these because they are important and inspiring, not because a bunch of people who are now long-dead favored them two centuries ago.

In other words, we should cherry pick the parts we want to follow.

Unfortunately, the Constitution also contains some provisions that are not so inspiring. For example, one allows a presidential candidate who is rejected by a majority of the American people to assume office. Suppose that Barack Obama really wasn’t a natural-born citizen. So what? Constitutional obedience has a pernicious impact on our political culture. Take the recent debate about gun control. None of my friends can believe it, but I happen to be skeptical of most forms of gun control…

Somehow we don’t believe it, either. Otherwise, Mr. Seidman wouldn’t have brought this up when he has.

But what happens when the issue gets Constitutional-ized? Then we turn the question over to lawyers, and lawyers do with it what lawyers do. So instead of talking about whether gun control makes sense in our country, we talk about what people thought of it two centuries ago.

No, Professor Seidman doesn’t want gun control. That’s clear.

Worse yet, talking about gun control in terms of constitutional obligation needlessly raises the temperature of political discussion. Instead of a question on policy, about which reasonable people can disagree, it becomes a test of one’s commitment to our foundational document and, so, to America itself.

This is our country. We live in it, and we have a right to the kind of country we want. We would not allow the French or the United Nations to rule us, and neither should we allow people who died over two centuries ago and knew nothing of our country as it exists today. If we are to take back our own country, we have to start making decisions for ourselves, and stop deferring to an ancient and outdated document.

So there should be no rules. Whoever can best whip up the biggest mob wins. Until somebody else can whip up a bigger mob.

But, remember, Mr. Seidman doesn’t want gun control. This is just an academic point that occurred to him out of the blue.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “CBS Promotes ‘Giving Up On’ The Constitution”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Can we trust the government?

    Ask any Indian

  2. Astravogel says:

    YEAH! Let’s start with the First Amendment. I’m tired
    of screwballs and their screwball ideas getting a free
    ride, with no legal recourse. Only Government approved
    thoughts should be allowed. We could get the Chinese
    to cater enforcement, or that tubby little Korean guy.

  3. captstubby says:

    saw this Marxist on CBS sunday morninig show.

    “honey, you know how we were talking about getting a new T.V.?”

  4. Tater Salad says:

    Sorry CBS but the only think we “have given up on ” is CBS, ABC, MSNBC and CNN. Guess you came late to diner this time. Get rid of some of those losers you guys employ and your ratings will go up as long they report the truth and some bias BS all the time!

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