Saturday, September 25, 2010

Infatuation With The Constittution

If you are a loyal American who cares about your country, don't read this. It's going to make you mad no matter where you fall on the political line. If you are not angered, then I have to call your patriotism into question. Fair enough? Onward.

In a Washinton Post OpEd, Richard Cohen was digging deep into a certain female GOP'er. No problem, we see parodies and scathing editorials alike flung against our opponents all the time. But, Mr. Cohen has gone off the deep end and I am not sure he's holding his breath. Part of the oped is shown below.

This fatuous infatuation with the Constitution, particularly the 10th Amendment, is clearly the work of witches, wiccans and wackos. It has nothing to do with America's real problems and, if taken too seriously, would cause an economic and political calamity. The Constitution is a wonderful document, quite miraculous actually, but only because it has been wisely adapted to changing times. To adhere to the very word of its every clause hardly is respectful to the Founding Fathers. They were revolutionaries who embraced change. That's how we got here.

Let's only take it seriously when it suits us. Like, uh, whenever we nationalize health care, the auto industry, banks, insurance, run up the debt, and do other things the founders never included in the document.

Being a revolutionary is great. I wonder if Mr Cohen noticed that the very things he wants us to not be infatuated with were placed into the document to address issues with how we'd been governed.

I am glad that he openly advocated 'adapting' the Constitution to changing times. There's a way to do that. It's called the Amendment Process.

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