Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Re-learning the Constitution

If you're like me, you've read the Constitution of the United States quite a few times. Some of it's kind of dry reading, but on the whole, it's a fascinating document. Once, my daughter told me it's a "living" Constitution. Truth be told, I had no idea what she was talking about, I had never heard that term before, and now I know why! I don't typically "hang out" with the types who believe our Constitution should be molded to OUR needs and wants, who believe we were founded as a democracy, who know little to nothing about our actual history, instead of the claptrap they're teaching these days. So, when I saw this column by Phyllis Schafly, I was interested. Congress needs tutorial on the U.S. Constitution
Some federal employees are griping because a new law requires them to take a 25-minute tutorial on the U.S. Constitution. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., sponsored this law, along with a similar law requiring every public school to "hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on Sept. 17," which is Constitution Day.
What a novel idea! Federal employees actually having to learn something about the document that gives them their jobs! Cool! Ok, so Robert KKK Byrd came up with the idea, we can still applaud it, in spirit. :) Yes, I do give him credit for even thinking of such a thing, since he's one of those OLD guys who's time has come and gone. Hmmmm..... is he up for re-election this year?
If judges understood the Constitution, they would know that it gives government eminent-domain power to take your private property for "public use," and judges have no power to change those words to "public purpose" and then define an increase in tax revenue as a public purpose. The Constitution provides an amendment process, but judges are not part of it. If former U.S. Rep. John Anderson, R-Ill., and former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., understood the Constitution, they would realize the time-tested superiority of our method of electing U.S. presidents by the Electoral College. Its rationale and structure are the perfect mirror of the Great Compromise that made our Constitution possible: the combination of equal representation of states with representation based on population.
Agreed! Why do so many want to change words to fit their own meaning, and not to read it as written. Those old guys way back when knew exactly what they were talking about. They had suffered under the tyranny of King George, yet the modern "radical" is trying to create the same sort of tyranny. It's an interesting read, and well worth your time.