Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Red Flag Warning: Constitutional change blowing in the wind - Just ignore it!

There are suggestions blowing in the wind that our U.S. Constitution is in need of change.  The Watchman came across an article in Fox Nation reporting comments from a New York Times pundit about the Constitution.  Fox Nation's Noah Rothman reports,

Georgetown University constitutional law professor Louis Michael Seidman has just about had it with the focus of his 40 years of academic study. As he writes in the New York Times on Monday, it is the Constitution itself which has allowed for the series of legislative follies that finally resulted in the “fiscal cliff.” Seidman says that it is time for Americans to realize what lawmakers have known since the constitution’s inception – it is okay to ignore it.

“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 downrght evil provisions,” Seidman writes.

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.

Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/ny-times/2012/12/31/ny-times-constitution-downright-evil#ixzz2GkB0raXc

Given his comments, the Watchman is wondering what concepts of law Mr. Seidman is spewing to the students. It is acceptable to ignore the law?  If so, no wonder we have so many educated Occupiers advocating anarchy!

What is important to note Mr. Seidman co-authored three books with a former Obama appointed czar, Cass Sunstien. (Mr. Sunstien was the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and a close friend of President Obama’s from their days on the University of Chicago Law School faculty.)  Thus, it might not be too far fetched to believe Seidman's views, via Sunstien, may have been indulged within the White House. The Watchman isn't too fond of conspiracy theories, however if one looks at how the President has "ignored" the Constitution on several occasions using executive orders to skirt the legislative process, then this link might not be unfounded.

Even the current debacle of the "Fiscal Cliff" has certain aspects that ignore the Constitution's intent. Since when has our laws been negotiated behind closed doors of the White House? Bills are now created in secret, rushed to the floor of each legislative body, and voted upon with out any review by responsible committees or public debate on the floor of the chambers. In other words we have now a form of oligarchy in which a few have power over the many. This is NOT what the writers of the Constitution intended to occur. It greatly endanger's our freedoms when what is unusual becomes the norm. In the forthcoming debt limit crisis we will see for the fourth time this kind of circumvention of the process occur. 

We ignore the Constitution at our peril. Freedom and our liberties are in danger when good intended men attempt to short-cut the system carefully laid out by our founders. As frequently said, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Let's get back to the fundmental functions and process of our Constitution requires. 

ACTION ITEM: Write to your congressional representatives to dispense with extra-constitutional actions and follow the time honored, proven, processes that protect our freedom. 

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