Monday, February 06, 2006

Save The Constitution, Save America

America does not respect the Constitution anymore. The President and his supporters think it is okay to spy on citizens, the Congress passed a law that puts the federal government squarely in the middle of education (an historically state right) and and now the States are joining the party in spitting on the Constitution.

"New Hampshire plans to join a growing list of Eastern states signing deals for discount heating oil from Venezuela. The fuel is reserved for low-income residents who are struggling with high fuel costs."

The Tenth Amendment states that "the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." In other words, if the Constitution does not bestow a particular right upon the federal government, it is fair game for the States to regulate. But, alas, the Constitution is quite clear about trade with Venezuela. Article 1, Section 8 explicitly grants Congress the power to "regulate Commerce with foreign Nations". End of discussion.

Let us check the legal scorecard. The First Amendment is hanging by a thread. The Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments shot dead by the PATRIOT Act. The fed, and now the States, have rendered the Tenth Amendment irrelevant with the No Child Left Behind Act and trade deals with Venezuela. And the President has pretty much done away with any checks and balances. Indeed, there is is a bill before the House of Representatives that seeks to repeal the 22nd Amendment. If you have no idea which amendment that is, it is the one that prohibits our Emperor from running for a third term.

I suppose none of this is a big surprise. When parents set rules, but do not follow them, they raise children who do not take rules seriously. Our President does not value the Constitution, the Congress has abused it without shame and now the States have been left with the distinct belief that the Constitution does not bind them either. The more our leaders ignore the Constitution, the less important it becomes to everyone.

In case anyone forgot, without a Constitution, there is no America.


At 12:13 PM, February 06, 2006 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

I think the Constitution has been abused throughout American history and that this period is no different. I think the Constitution is clear, but that the political realities of the day will dictate its interpretation. Now, we are in a war state of mind and the GOP will take advantage of that. I think they will only go so far, however.

One area of jurisprudence where I would probably be a staunch conservative is the are of the "commerce clause." The federal government regulates nearly everything using a totally ridiculous commerce clause argument. The Violence Against Women Act may be unconstitutional as well. But so long as Presidents need these things for television . . . .

At 12:33 PM, February 06, 2006 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

I agree with you on the commerce clause. It has been used for "good" like the Civil Rights Act, but that is unconstitutional no matter how you slice it.

At 2:25 PM, February 06, 2006 , Blogger jj said...

Indeed, there is is a bill before the House of Representatives that seeks to repeal the 22nd Amendment

Do you know what bill?

At 3:10 PM, February 06, 2006 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

JJ -

Here's the link

Birdy -

You are right. I think the Dems wanted to keep Clinton longer and now the Repugs want to keep their king longer. Scary! No one wants a king unless they like him.

At 3:13 PM, February 06, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Historically the bill to repeal the 22nd amendment has been before congress on and off for quite some time, in various forms. Given the current state of things (as you so insightfully point out) it brings a new sense of fear to that though.

At 11:38 AM, February 07, 2006 , Blogger mrsleep said...

BOB. The GOP has shown zero evidence that there are any kind of limits on what they want to do.

At 11:58 AM, February 07, 2006 , Blogger Possum said...

Jee mrsleep, I don't see the GOP touching the second amendment...?

(Just had to throw that one into the insurgency.)

And Bombsoverbaghdad, you are correct, the Commerce Clause is nothing better than an excuse for big government under the guise of safe drugs, protecting our food supply and putting a dye in diesel for farmers.

As for the bill for the 3rd term...reviewing the linked sponsor and cosponsors other claptrap that is mostly fluff I would weigh this bill equally with the call to suspend the Cuban embargo and to congratulate the Maryland soccer team. It isn't serious legislation. It's only rantings from the fringe.

You know, like the stuff bloggers like us say?


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