Torching The Constitution

“…the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.”

–Barack Obama

“When a lovely flame dies; Smoke gets in your eyes”

–Jerome Kern/Otto Harback


…and sometimes into other parts of your anatomy.  Leftists, who routinely use rhetorical vapors to obscure their positions rather than to mark them, are currently popping the canisters to cover an all-out assault on the Constitution of the United States and the freedoms which it guarantees to every American. Our current leftist president, of course, began attacking the Constitution as soon he’d finished swearing his oath to defend it. But he’s no different than the rest of his fellow radicals.  Take, for example, the following by Obama’s regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein (emphases mine):

[…] it is important to resist, on democratic grounds, the idea that the document should be interpreted to reflect the view of the extreme right-wing of the Republican Party. This idea, sometimes masquerading under the name of originalism or strict construction, represents a form of judicial hubris; it is bad history and bad law. It should be exposed and rejected as such.

For 2020, what should be asserted instead is a form of judicial minimalism, one that also gives the democratic process wide room to maneuver. The appropriate path is not charted by Roe v. Wade; it is charted instead by West Coast Hotel, upholding minimum wage legislation, and Katzenbach v. Morgan, allowing Congress to ban literacy tests. Moderates and liberals should not want the Supreme Court to march on the road marked out by the Warren Court. They should celebrate instead rulings that defer to Congress and that invalidate legislation rarely and only through narrow, unambitious rulings, akin to the Court’s recent decision in the Hamdi case.

Minimalists insist on a democratic conception of the free speech principle and also on procedural safeguards for those deprived of their liberty. But they reject any Citizen’s Agenda if it is understood as part of constitutional law proper.

[…] the United States does not only have a Constitution; it also has a set of constitutive commitments, beyond mere policies but without a formal constitutional status. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Second Bill of Rights was an effort to establish several such commitments, including, above all, decent opportunity and minimal security.

Sunstein’s fatuous remarks are comprised purely of the substance farmers use to fertilize their fields, and readily identifiable as such by the number of progressive flies perched metaphorically upon them. His odiferous proposal to re-interpret the Constitution by so-called “democratic conceptions” is left-wing nonsense that was emphatically rejected by people wiser than he at the very founding of the country.  Our United States is a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. And Sunstein’s Orwellian linguistic distortions portraying activist assassins of that founding document as “minimalists” are as absurd and outrageous as the self-identification of such murderous regimes as Cuba, North Korea, Communist China, and the former Soviet Union as ‘democratic’ and ‘republican’.  Don’t p*ss down my back & tell me it’s raining up, pal.

The main players in this subversive scheme to torch our Constitution are–in addition to Barack Obama and his Czar Sunstein–George Soros and his Open Society Institute, John Podesta and the Center for American Progress, and the American Constitution Society, which once included Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder on its board of directors.  The ACS braintrust includes a number of ‘issues’ groups

comprised of legal practitioners and scholars working together to articulate and publicize compelling progressive ideas.

Well, their ideas are not compelling to me–nor, I trust, to anyone else who considers the only appropriate and legal means to modify the Constitution is not ‘democratic conception’ but amendment, approved first by both houses of Congress, then by 3/4 of–in the words of our imprecise president–America’s “57” states.

Related stories:

Progressives planning intense assault on Constitution – National Conservative | Examiner.com.

“The Constitution in 2020″ the agenda and tasks for changing the nature and interpretation of the Constitution into a fully “progressive” Marxist Manifesto by the year 2020 (a12iggymom’s Blog)

American Constitution faces ‘progressive’ threat (One Nation Under God…Forever)

Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein And The Second Amendment (Always On Watch)

‘Constitution 2020’–a blueprint for tyranny? (Anthony Martin, National Conservative Examiner)

Democracy, Revolution, and The Imposition of Tyranny (Rogue Operator)

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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27 Responses to Torching The Constitution

  1. We are looking at a coup d´e´tat in the making. they plan to take over our government without firing a shot. Who can we count on to stop them? I’m officially scared.

  2. Bob Mack says:

    Hey, JIM. Best thing we can do, IMHO, is defy the sons-a-b**chs. Kudos to Gov. Perry, SCOTUS, & Texas: Texas executes Mexican after court stay rejected

    A Mexican national was executed Thursday for the rape-slaying of a San Antonio teenager after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a White House-supported appeal to spare him in a death penalty case where Texas justice triumphed over international treaty concerns.

  3. Don Smith says:

    We simply MUST stop these leftist loons cold at the ballot box. Thanks for spreading the word, Bob. Lord knows we need more help than the Republican cowards, the Democrat mushbrains, and Obama’s stenographers in the lame-stream media will ever provide.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Stop ’em at the ballot box, DON, clean ’em out of Washington, eliminate the EPA, DoED, and the DOE, disallow government unions, clean up the NLRB, institute Congressional reform, & then we can work on getting the commies out of the colleges. So that’s my Christmas list.

  4. wdednh says:

    2012 is the stopping point, and as any good landlord the eviction notice is given now!

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  6. Cass Sunstein is a dangerous man.

    See THIS, which I posted nearly two years ago.

    Also see THIS at Infidel Bloggers Alliance.

    Most Americans do not even know the name “Cass Sunstein” — much less what he is up to behind the scenes!

    • Bob Mack says:

      AOW, Sunstein one of the worst of Obama’s Robespierre clones. And his wife, Samantha Power–author of the inane Responsibility to Protect doctrine that got us into Libya–is almost as equally maleficent.

    • A few quotes to rebut Sunstein’s argument, all by George Mason.

      That the people have a Right to mass and to bear arms; that a well regulated militia composed of the Body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper natural and safe defense of a free State…

      Who are the militia, if they be not the people of this country…? I ask, who are the militia? They consist of now of the whole people, except a few public officers.

      To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.

      Government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit and security of the people, nation or community; whenever any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community hath an indubitable, unalienable, indefeasible right, to reform, alter, or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public Weal.

  7. Bunkerville says:

    One can only wonder in amazement how Obama collected this Marxist group in such a short time. Valerie Jarrett played a big part in it… Iranian born Valerie as I always preface it.

    • Bob Mack says:

      It is amazing, isn’t it, BUNKER…almost as if it was planned beforehand…

      • This is subversion. Let there be no doubt about. Whether you are of a mind that this is the result of a Fabian strategy evolving since the Wilson administration, or part of a New Left long march through our institutions, this has been planned well aforehand.

  8. roxannadanna says:

    I officially hate Cass Sunstein. He’s an enemy to the nation and a threat to the American people.
    But when I think about it, most of the Regime fits this bill.
    We can undo the damage of the first term. If he’s re-elected, however, we will be finished!

    • Bob Mack says:

      Saw this at Canada Free Press, ROXY:

      The transition to a police state will not come about with a dramatic coup d’etat, with battering rams and marauding militia. As we have experienced first-hand in recent years, it will creep in softly, one violation at a time, until suddenly you find yourself being subjected to random patdowns and security sweeps during your morning commute to work or quick trip to the shopping mall.
      […] The question that must be asked, of course, is who exactly is the TSA trying to target and intimidate? Not would-be terrorists, given that scattershot pat-down stings are unlikely to apprehend or deter terrorists. In light of the fact that average citizens are the ones receiving the brunt of the TSA’s efforts, it stands to reason that we’ve become public enemy number one. And how does the TSA deal with perceived threats? Its motto, posted at the TSA’s air marshal training center headquarters in the wake of 9/11, is particularly telling: “Dominate. Intimidate. Control.”

      Those three words effectively sum up the manner in which the government now relates to its citizens, making a travesty of every democratic ideal our representatives spout so glibly and reinforcing the specter of the police state.

      • AFVET says:

        All congressional members and their security should forced to fly commercial.
        No more charters, no more private jets.
        Let them be subjected to the policies they allow and force upon the American People.
        Yeah, I know it will never happen, but, one can dream can’t they ?
        The Canada Free Press is right on point.

  9. AFVET says:

    Sorry for the redundancy Bob.
    Wordpress probs.

    • Bob Mack says:

      De nada, AFVET. Fixed. Along with booting the Obamunists in 2012, we need to pass the Congressional Reform Act.

      1. Term Limits.
      12 years only, one of the possible options below..
      A. Two Six-year Senate terms
      B. Six Two-year House terms
      C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

      2. No Tenure / No Pension.
      A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

      3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
      All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

      4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

      5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

      6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

      7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

      8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.
      The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

      Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

      • AFVET says:

        NICE Bob. !
        I would add one aspect, make it retroactive.
        Pelosi’s net worth increased by 60% last year, and the bitch was already a multimillionaire.
        Yeah, calculate 12 years in, and deposit the rest into medicare, medicaid, SS, and all of the rest of their precious welfare programs.
        If that could ever be accomplished, it would astound the American People the money
        these people pull down off our backs.

        Yessir Buddy, we need to take this country back ASAP.

        Retroactive would be justice for all, a slam dunk for the hard working people that have
        been ignored for decades.
        If we don’t embrace the moment now, we may not get another chance for a long time.
        I feel that it is that embedded.
        I hope I am wrong.

  10. Bob Mack says:

    From Anthony Martin’s Constitution 2020–a blueprint for tyranny?:

    […] It is thus fair to ask, ‘Is Constitution2020 a blueprint for tyranny?’ Tyranny as our Founders understood it refers to govenment oppression. That oppression can take many forms, including trampling on the rights of the individual–the smallest minority–for the ‘greater good.’ Rights, as they understood it, do not involve forcing others to pay through taxation for what individuals should do for themselves. But in the minds of progressives, rights include exactly that…forcing others to pay for programs that embody a ‘nanny state’ mentality and thus trampling on the rights of taxpayers who must foot the bill as mandated not only by Congress but by a new interpretation of the Constitution itself, meaning of course, that Congress could no longer legally cut funding to such programs.

    To put it succinctly, a citizen has a right NOT to pay for somebody else’s way–an assertion that is heresy to those who envision a nation where fundamental change involves moving to a more Marxist based society.

    These assertions are not a ‘figment of the imagination of conservatives who use scare tactics’ but are depicted clearly in the words of those who are a part of Constitution 2020. From the group’s website,

    The Constitution 2020 Conference opened powerfully with a panel that engaged questions essential to defining a vision of progressive constitutionalism: Who ‘counts’ as American? And what kind of law ‘counts’ as American?

    The panelists, along with their moderator, Bruce Ackerman, tested the boundaries between citizen and non-citizen, and between U.S. and international law, in the context of national security, foreign policy, immigration enforcement, and discrimination against minorities since September 11, 2001.

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  12. I have bit of political philosophical extension of this post’s point about democracy being bunk. People are free to comment on.”Democracy, Revolution, and The Imposition of Tyranny.” Everyone here is really bright and might already know some of this stuff, so feel free to expand on something or give me more references. Cheers, RO

    • Bob Mack says:

      Great essay, ROGUE. Pure democracy is certainly a political system with a self-destruct button built in; hopefully, constitutional republicanism is not.

  13. Matt says:

    If anything else, this shows their view of the relationship between man and the state. That, and it’s scary.

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