Name Checking the Constitution

Except when it comes to Detroit, I typically avoid anything near politics here.  However, the current “debates” raging around issues like health care have hit upon a particular pet peeve of mine and I felt compelled to mention it. 

I am beyond sick of people crying about things that violate the Constitution when they don’t even know what’s in it.  Let’s take our current debate.  We can go round and round for weeks about what the soon-to-be-signed health care bill will do and whether it’s a good thing for our country.  I think it’s appropriate to worry about how much it costs or if it will actually bring costs down.  These are all big things at stake.  But if you want to be taken seriously, don’t say things like by signing it we’ve somehow destroyed or ignored the Constitution.  Every time I get someone saying that and I ask them what part of the Constitution they’re referring to, they can’t answer me.  You know why?  Because they’ve never read it.  There seems to be this notion that the Constitution represents whatever your personal views are.  If you think the country is about one thing and it moves in the other direction, you get to complain that the Constitution is being violated.

And for those who think the Constitution is being violated every time the government “get’s in the way” of the open market, here’s one of the powers it gives Congress: ” To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.”

So when we’re talking about government regulations and programs, let’s talk about how smart, dumb, right, or wrong they are.  But PLEASE don’t scream about the Constitution.  Or at least read it before you do.

By the way, the same thing goes for saying “This isn’t what the Founding Fathers wanted.”  The Founding Fathers weren’t a hive mind of flawless gods.  They were a collection of strong willed, intelligent men with a wide variety of opinions.  On any issue, Thomas Jefferson might have one thing to say and George Washington another.

Maybe if people came out of school knowing a little more about history this might not be such a problem.


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