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Constitutionalist: What’s in a Name?

Paulus Textor Wrote: Aug 05, 2012 10:21 AM
I am a libertarian. I think the Constitution has flaws, but it would still be a pretty impressive framework of law, if people just followed it, But they don't. But, Jefferson predicted this sort of thing if the people ever allowed the central government to be the sole judge of its own powers. Not surprisingly, the black-robed bandits of the Supreme Court "interpret" the Commerce Clause so broadly that it allows Congress to do virtually anything. Yet at the same time, it interprets the Second Amendment so narrowly that there are thousands of gun-restriction laws, despite the clear phrase, "shall not be infringed." If a proposal INCREASES central government power, read it liberally. If it DECREASES government power, read it narrowly.
Paul3686 Wrote: Aug 05, 2012 10:31 AM
I think the people follow the Constitution, Paulus, but the legislators don't. With the situation of today it has become a "catalog" for the outhouse.
Alice153 Wrote: Aug 05, 2012 11:05 AM
In reality, most people are too lazy to find out what the constitution says and rely on their politicians to tell them; especially when they find their politicians will relieve them of any responsibility for their choices or success or lack thereof. The constitution ought to be required study in every classroom from third grade up. But, it would be necessary to train up some teachers on the constitution before they could teach it. When King Josiah ordered the repair and restoration of the Temple, the priests found a copy of the law and discovered that no one was living by the law, and even the priests did not know it. They had to learn the law and cleanse themselves then teach the people. We are almost there.
In last week’s column I noted several specific examples of how the term “conservative” has been bastardized to mean standing for nothing other than not being a Democrat. Given what we’re seeing from Republican “leadership” on Capitol Hill, if every Republican is a conservative then nobody is.

This week I propose a remedy to the Republican Party establishment’s attempt to co-opt the term “conservative” and replace it with more Mitch McConnellesque milquetoast. That remedy will require a defined standard.

That defined standard should be the U.S. Constitution.

The best way to stop...