This is why I was against the bill the congress passed before the 2012 election allowing the President to bypass the senate on certain confirmations. At the time people here fought me saying "yes, but Romney is going to be elected and this will help HIM." I didn't care then and don't care now who is president it is dangerous for congress to sign over their constitutional rights to the executive no matter if the executive is a Republican or a Democrat. I was also against the Patiot act because I knew how it would be abused in the hands of someone like Obama.. if only people would think beyond tomorrow and instead think constitutionally this country would not be in such a mess.
How can you watch this and have any faith in a Constitution warped by the courts and enforced by Obama.
Ours is a government run by public servants. They serve at the pleasure of their constituents and they are removed at their displeasure. Few constituents have read the Constitution or studied it in any depth. So few voters know, or care what is in it. But worse still The Constitution gives judges final authority to interpret the Constitution. Does the Constitution say murdering a child in the womb is constitutional? It sure does. Obamacare is constitutional because it's a tax, and because Clinton jammed the SCOTUS with judges. The rule of law is what five justices say it means...so now the Constitution gives me the manditory right to buy health insurance at exhorbitant prices. There are a million examples everywhere except in the minds of conservatives. Thanks to the protections of the Constitution, my tax dollars are constitutionally spent on emergency visits for illegals and drug addicts, The FDA will soon constitutionally ban transfats, and Obama can change Obamacare legislation with a press conference. How can Obama legislate from the podium? Because there is no entity to judge his actions as President CONSTITUTIONALY except impeachment by Congress(maybe someday but not today, and probably not someday either) or public pressure. Obama gets away with it because the people are ignorant of and/or don't give a crap about the constitution and the constitutionally empowered Press likes to keep secrets from its consumers.
Conservatives want a strict construction of the Constitution. It's never happened in our history. The Constitution went into effect in 1789 and in 1803 the SCOTUS told James Madison, in Madison v Marbury, Madison didn't understand the meaning of the constitution he wrote. They interpreted it better for him.
A constitution can't protect a government the people reject. Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. If a majority of the people in America stand in defiance against our government, our government can not stand. It will bend to the will of the people or it will break. With or without a constitution. A constitution has no value if no one follows it or its has a penumbra of meanings.
Do you believe we have been following the Constitution at any point during your lifetime?
So again it doesn't matter what is in the law, who writes the law, or how its written when the people choose a President like Obama and a Senate Majority leader like (insert rat) time and time again. The only game worth playing is judicial and executive, and that means the Presidency and Senate seats. Ever wonder why so few Presidents and Senators would be what you call conservative? Because conservatives comprise about 1/3 of the voters in general elections. The liberals get 1/3 and moderates get the last 1/3. Conservatives can get elected to gerrymandered congressional districts without problem, but statewide races in moderate and liberal states require moderate and liberal Republicans to win, with few abberations. Every election conservatives pin their hopes on that one magical candidates who will make conservatism sound yummy to a majority of voters. But if the arguments that convinced you that conservatism is great worked on moderates then they would be conservatives. Anybody who wants to know what conservatism is can find out and forcing them to listen to conservative ideology turns them off just as much as listening to liberal ideology. Many of them have jobs and families and don't have the time to indulge in politics or the mental capacity to see its relevance. You will convert very few with great effort by using conservative arguments of constitutionality.
So believe in your piece of paper, but don't think that quoting the constitution gives anyone wood except conservatives. In 1933 the German people choose Hitler and he wiped his jew hating arse with the german written constitution and then burned it in the Bundestag fire, and the people loved him for it.
Try saying jobs and economy once in awhile instead of constitution. Try figuring out how to take credit for dropping fuel prices. Try to win some statewide elections. "How do I do that Once-Ler?" I hear you ask.
Let the teacher explain.http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1328970/posts?page=16#16
The key to changing a single state or even the entire nation is to find candidates that are as close to your views as possible while still being able to get the support of a majority of voters. A winning rightwing candidate must get votes from just left of center and add to those the votes of those to the right of center in order to win. A winning leftist candidate must get voters from just right of center and add to those the votes of those to the left of center in order to win.
Of course it goes without saying that defeated candidates never change anything. To be anything except hot air, a candidate has to win.
Our states are varied. And what it take to win in a liberal state is far different than what it takes in a conservative state. The center in California is nothing like the center in South Carolina. A liberal Democrat who could win in South Carolina would be far too right wing to win as a Republican in California.
If most Republicans in the federal legislatures are conservative and they can add to that liberal Republicans from the liberal states, the conservatives can enact much of their agenda. If the Republicans just limit themselves to conservatives they can never get enough votes in the Senate to enact or repeal anything. The nation would just drift ever more leftward.
One has to be aware that at least 20 percent of the voters are not ideological. Political philosophy is not a consideration in how the center votes. So a winning candidate has to win a philosophical base and a majority of the non ideological center.
Movements based solely on political philosophy are doomed to failure. They can never win enough votes to get elected. They never can convince a majority of the voters to support their philosophy.
The far left when it refuses to compromise to get in power only insures that the center right rules. When the far right refuses to compromise to get in power only insures the center left rules.
The nation changes when one of the parties nominates a candidate that only appeals to its ideological base. That is when the other party wins a big victory and proceeds to move the nation in its directions. Thus a right wing Barry Goldwater as the Republican candidate elects a Lyndon Baines Johnson with enough of a margin for LBJ to create the Socialist Great Society.
Since 1980 this nation has been gradually inching to the right. But the center is still way to the left of where it was in 1928.
Moving this nation to the right can happen. But it takes political servants and a right of center electorate who understand how to move the center. It took two generations to move this nation as far left as it is now. It will take two generations to move it back.
The left is convinced the right is not patient or smart enough to do it. The left may very well be right. - Common Tator 2005