For decades, the left has criticized the U.S. Constitution and has derided the great men who wrote it. Using subterfuge and judicial activism, they have been largely successful in rolling back the unique provisions contained in that awesome document – along with a significant portion of our individual liberties.
Still, the typical leftist mouthpiece is politically deft and generally pays the Constitution lip service, avoiding blatant support of ditching it altogether.
Such subtlety does not apply to a Georgetown University professor inexplicably teaching constitutional law to impressionable minds.
In an opinion piece published by none other than the New York Times, he blamed America’s “insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic, and downright evil provisions” for the nation’s current economic crisis.
He calls it an “obsession” that led to “a dysfunctional political system” and cites his disagreement with our government’s fundamental foundations, including a “grotesquely malapportioned Senate.”
The professor continues by rehashing the tired argument that the Constitution’s authors were “a group of white propertied men who have been dead for two centuries, knew nothing of our present situation, acted illegally under existing law and thought it was fine to own slaves.”
What he completely ignores is that despite not knowing the future – or perhaps, because of it – our founders developed a system of government that could survive indefinitely, provided we elect moral leaders who defend and uphold the rule book they left us.
Alas, the American voter cannot always be trusted to choose such a candidate.
There are a few gems tucked away in the Constitution that this sanctimonious professor believes are good ideas. He likes much of the First Amendment, for example, but doesn’t feel we should extend such freedoms out of “obligation.”
He also submitted that there is “something to be said for an elite body like the Supreme Court with the power to impose its views of political morality on the country,” probably excited at the prospect of Barack Obama naming multiple justices during his second term.
Still, he feels that the only way America can face the future is by “constitutional infidelity.”
Unfortunately, this professor is not alone in his views; and our current president has shown contempt for the Constitution on multiple occasions.
That document made America entirely unique. This nation was founded on principles of self-reliance and liberty no other nation before it had known.
Our founders knew that future leaders would be tempted to seize increasing power for themselves, and they included safeguards against such abuses. To be sure, plenty of politicians have found ways to work around those provisions; but it would obviously be much simpler if they could just disregard them completely.
That, I’m afraid, is the real intent behind the un-American ravings of leftists like this Georgetown professor.
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