The New York Times has always been a danger to The Republic,
but they have now jumped the shark: Let’s Give Up on the Constitution.
(For those of you who refuse to honor the NYT with a visit, I’ve posted the article BTF.)
Four major points:
1. The US Constitution is a contract between the Federal Government and the People and States of the Union.
The Federal Gov’t was created by the stroke of a pen by that contract — it is not the creation of any god, nor is it a state of nature — and it has no legitimacy outside that contract.
2. The US Constitution contains within itself the means to be amended — to adjust, alter, or remove any provision which the people and States agree are inadequate, outdated, or obsolete or to add new provisions — but Progressives do not propose amendments.
3. The only thing that stands between the people and tyranny, between governing and ruling, between being a citizen and being a subject, is the government’s adherence to the constitutional contract.
4. If the US Constitution is abandoned or ignored, then the fundamental principles of the Declaration of Independence apply; and the natural rights noted therein may be re-established by any means necessary.
The historical examples Seidman cites as justification for abandoning the contract are the same examples conservatives use for re-establishing and enforcing the contract. He 180-degrees out of phase.
Whining that the Constitution makes governing haa-ard *sniffle* [stomps foot] is no justification for abandoning that contract.
As a matter of fact, it’s the whole. friggin’. point !