Our Conservative Constitution
Written By: Brion McClanahan | Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
In the last week, the left has orchestrated a public assault on the Constitution. This is nothing new, but the offensive is noteworthy because it involved both a Supreme Court justice and the president of the United States. On January 30, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said during a television interview in Egypt that, "I would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012." Six days later, President Barack Obama told Matt Lauer that, "I have not been able to force Congress to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008 … it turns out that our founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes." And the following day, New York Times contributor Adam Liptak wrote that, "The Constitution has seen better days. … The United States Constitution is terse and old, and it guarantees relatively few rights."
To progressives, the Constitution serves as a continual impediment to their legislative agenda. Liptak continued in his piece that perhaps there are "newer, sexier, and more powerful operating systems in the constitutional marketplace." In other words, the Constitution is an archaic relic that needs to be discarded and replaced with something better. Obama essentially said the same thing in his State of the Union address when he called the executive branch "outdated." This tune has been played before, both by the left and more importantly by James Madison in 1787.
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