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9/26/10

The Economist warns against those who 'Worship' the Constitution

Pathetic: "The perils of constitution-worship"

The Economist- "At almost any tea-party meeting you can expect to see some patriot brandishing a copy of the hallowed texts and calling, with trembling voice, for a prodigal America to redeem itself by returning to its “founding principles”....

A Heritage book and video (“We Still Hold These Truths”) promotes the old verities as a panacea for present ills... The constitution, on its own, does not provide the solution. Indeed, there is something infantile in the belief of the constitution-worshippers that the complex political arguments of today can be settled by simple fidelity to a document written in the 18th century. Michael Klarman of the Harvard Law School has a label for this urge to seek revealed truth in the sacred texts. He calls it “constitutional idolatry”...

When history is turned into scripture and men into deities, truth is the victim. The framers were giants, visionaries and polymaths. But they were also aristocrats, creatures of their time fearful of what they considered the excessive democracy taking hold in the states in the 1780s. They did not believe that poor men, or any women, let alone slaves, should have the vote.

...But this is a case that needs to be made and remade from first principles in every political generation, not just by consulting a text put on paper in a bygone age. Pace Ms Bachmann, the constitution is for all Americans and does not belong to her party alone. Nor did Jefferson write a mission statement for the tea- partiers. They are going to have to write one for themselves.

Just wow. So tea partiers have no right to claim the constitution as the basis for their beliefs because.... it's a bye-gone piece of paper written by hypocrites... or, what was the moral here??

This radical liberal rag proves that it is completely clueless about the conservative Tea Party's intentions with this next line:

"More to the point is that the constitution provides few answers to the hard questions thrown up by modern politics. Should gays marry? No answer there. Mr Klarman argues that the framers would not even recognise America’s modern government, with its mighty administrative branch and imperial executive. As to what they would have made of the modern welfare state, who can tell?"

That's the entire point! It's not in the constitution! So the government shouldn't do it!! End of story! Naturally, liberal HotAir.com links to this utterly ridiculous piece of trash in their liberal bid to bash conservative Tea Parties.

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