Blind faith in an iniquitous ruling class

April 10th, 2014

I only wish he was joking.

From the Goldwater Institute, the fertile frontal lobe of the conservative movement’s brain, comes an innovative idea that is gaining traction in Alaska, Arizona and Georgia, and its advocates may bring it to at least 35 other state legislatures. It would use the Constitution’s Article V to move the nation back toward the limited government the Constitution’s Framers thought their document guaranteed.

The Compact for America is the innovation of the Goldwater Institute’s Nick Dranias, who proposes a constitutional convention carefully called under Article V to enact abalanced-budget amendment written precisely enough to preclude evasion by the political class. This class has powerful and permanent incentives for deficit spending, which delivers immediate benefits to constituents while deferring a significant portion of the benefits’ costs.

The Constitution is a dead letter, of purely historical interest at this point, with little or no relevance to a people trapped under a rapacious and lawless tyranny. There is absolutely no reason to assume that any amendments will carry any more weight with our rulers than the provisions of the original document itself do. Write all the words on paper you like; our rulers will continue to ignore them and do just as they please, and will go right on doing so until stopped by rigorous application of the Second Amendment–which is precisely why so many of them have worked so diligently for so many years to either undermine it into abject meaninglessness, or do away with it outright.

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  1. kevino
    April 10th, 2014 at 13:55 | #1
    RE: "The Constitution is a dead letter, of purely historical interest at this point, with little or no relevance to a people trapped under a rapacious and lawless tyranny. ... "
    Sadly, I think there's a lot of truth to that. The problem is that the People no longer know what the document means and no longer care about the institutions enough to defend it. We're like the animals in the book _Animal_Farm_, who vaguely remember that they have a written constitution, but can't read it and never noticed that it was rewritten some time ago.

    However, if the states do form a constitutional convention, there are a few changes I'd like to see. For example, a simplified second amendment would be nice: "The right of the people to keep and bare arms shall not be infringed." Period. End of discussion.

    I'd also like to see exceptions to "cruel and unusual punishment" to allow confinement in the stocks; tar and feathers; public flogging; and execution by flame-thrower for public officials.

  2. brad ervin
    April 11th, 2014 at 03:32 | #2
    kevino: You are right that the People no longer know the Constitution, but more importantly, they don't care about the Constitution nor do they care about personal liberty. They want stuff. And they are willing to sell their birthright to liberty for that stuff. They've been told that they aren't capable of getting stuff on their own, that liberty will only crush them, and that the green pastures they desire are in the back yards of the rich, free for their appropriation. And the government is their robin hood.

    And as long as the People believe this the politicians will follow.

    There is a great video of the very moment Saddam Hussein took power. He stood on the podium in front of the assembled government of Iraq and, using a manufactured crisis, called out (probably randomly) members of that government, calling them spies and worse, and sending them out to be shot. This is what awaits those that seek accommodation with the progressive wing of our government. Imagine their surprise. Those republicans that were too smart by half, thinking themselves in line for a metal only to realize the metal was lead and the line a firing line.

  3. April 11th, 2014 at 13:26 | #3
    "Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it."

    Judge Learned Hand

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