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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Alright then, no more complaining.

Bitch, bitch, bitch. Government this, congress that, judicial activists blah blah blah. But when it comes time to actually do something about it, Forumpians, only a very few of us are even interested, judging by the Sabato poll at right. Oh well. We'll just have to leave it to the next generation, I guess. Meanwhile, bitch, bitch, bitch... ad infinitum.


Bob Newland said...

The constitution is pretty much okay as it is. A constitutional convention would destroy it.

Bob Newland said...

The main problem is that legislatures and judges ignore the constitution at will. Even if a new convention were to improve the constitution (not likely), it would be useless unless the courts adhered to it.

Bill Fleming said...

Perhaps they ignore it because it a lot of it doesn't make sense anymore. Have you read Sabato's book, Bob?

Bob Newland said...

I haven't read Sabato's book. Send it to me if you like.

But I know the legislatures and courts don't ignore the constitution because it doesn't make sense. They ignore it for the very reason that it makes sense.

Bill Fleming said...

Can you give us some examples, Bob?
One or two quick ones, just off the top of your head.

Bob Newland said...

Just a little one.

The fourth amendment has been thrown in the trashcan by the courts and legislatures.

Anonymous said...

The 10th Amendment is another.

Bill Fleming said...

Bob, Anon... I'm listening.

Is there more?

Or are you just going to name parts of the Constitution?

If so, how about throwing in "Preamble?"