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April 03, 2012

Our enduring constitution

I just finished a study of the Federalist Papers and I am astonished. Our founders were extremely intelligent but apparently completely unaware of the foibles of man.

They didn’t believe that the states would relinquish their financial independence. They didn’t believe that the people would allow government to enslave them through a welfare state.

They didn’t believe that anybody would care to become a career politician when there are so many more lucrative possibilities. They thought that by making a Supreme Court seat a lifetime job that it would only attract the best educated and least biased individuals.

Who would give up a profitable law business for a salary except people who love the country and want to see the Constitution upheld?

The argument is that the Constitution is outdated and in no way could be relevant in modern times. I say if we had not become so complacent and willing to become a nanny state the Constitution would still be the marvelous document.

The Founding Fathers based the whole concept of this nation on the willingness of the people to stand up for their freedoms.

Fred Crosby

Belton


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/04/02/3531343/letters-tuesday-april-3.html#storylink=cpy

Comments

LL

...."Responding to a question at a news conference Monday, Obama said it would be "an unprecedented, extraordinary step" if the court overturned "a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress." He added that such a move would be a good example of the lack of judicial restraint that conservative commentators have bemoaned for years"...

(LA Times 4/04/2012)

Truth Meter -
1789-2002 Acts of Congress Held as Unconstitutional = 158

gringoloco

Some right wing Judge in Texas (where else) has ORDERED a federal lawyer to write what amounts to a school paper on why the Judiciary is independent ESPECIALLY as it pertains to "Obamacare" (quotes are because it is his word).

The Federal Judge, Jerry Edwin Smith, appointed by Ronald Reagan, has had at minimum four chances to give the same COURT ORDER to Republicans. Somehow Judge Jerry has never felt a need to order Republicans, those who have been screaming about "activist judges" for years, to defend their position.

Apparently the "impartial" Judge Jerry is only opposed to a President complaining about "activist judges" when that President is a Democrat.

Judge Jerry is the best example of the reason "activist judges" need to lose their jobs that I have ever seen.

LawyerInTraining

"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind." -Thomas Jefferson, wisely stating that laws should evolve with the times.

Pity the right so quickly disregards their Founding Fathers when convenient.

 
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