Today, many among America’s liberal ruling class have openly declared war on the U.S. Constitution. It turns out that the U.S. Constitution just does not fit well with the radical green agenda and European-style socialism that they are trying to impose on all of us. In particular, many in America’s ruling class are deeply alarmed about the rise of the Patriot and Tea Party movements in recent years. Both of these movements stress fidelity to the U.S. Constitution and to the values that our founding fathers founded this nation on. Unfortunately for America’s liberal ruling class, the values of our founding fathers were completely contrary to the direction that they are trying to take us in. They tend to portray our founding fathers as racist, sexist, homophobic neanderthals who did the best they could at the time. They insist on referring to our Constitution as a “living, breathing document”, which is code for saying that they feel free to alter the meaning of it any time they wish, because after all, they know better. The truth is that the U.S. Constitution stands in the way of what America’s ruling class is trying to accomplish, and so now many of them have actually resorted to openly trashing it.
These days you will rarely hear any liberal speak of the founding fathers with any kind of veneration whatsoever. At best, they will make excuses for them, and at worst they will openly mock and attack them.
The most recent round of Constitution bashing began with a Constitution Day lecture by Michael Klarman of Harvard University Law School at Johns Hopkins University on September 16th. His address was entitled “A Skeptical View of Constitution Worship“, and it was a scathing attack on the U.S. Constitution.
Now keep in mind that this is someone from Harvard University Law School that is making these remarks. At Harvard University Law School many of the future Obamas, Bushes and Supreme Court Justices of the world are being educated. In many ways, Harvard University Law School is one of the pinnacles of the U.S. education system.
So the remarks you are about to read were not made by some radical professor at some obscure university. These remarks were made by someone deeply embedded in the establishment.
In another day and age remarks like the ones you are about to read would have caused national outrage. Klarman would have immediately lost his job and would never be put in a position to teach others ever again. But today the world is a much different place.
The following excerpt from Klarman’s speech summarizes his four key points about “constitutional idolatry”….
I have four points I want to make today against constitutional idolatry, which is my label for our misguided tendency to blindly worship the Constitution, giving it credit for all the things we love and honor about our country.
(1) The Framers’ constitution, to a large degree, represented values we should abhor or at least reject today.
(2) There are parts of the Constitution with which we are still stuck today even though we would never freely choose them and they are impossible to defend based on contemporary values.
(3) For the most part, the Constitution is irrelevant to the current political design of our nation.
(4) The rights protections we do enjoy today, the importance of which I do not minimize, are mostly a function of political and social mores, which have dramatically evolved over time and owe relatively little to courts using the Constitution to protect them.
As you read through the rest of Klarman’s speech, you can almost feel the hate that he has for the U.S. Constitution rising off the page. You can find a full transcript of the speech right here.
A columnist writing for The Economist picked up on Klarman’s remarks and published an article with this disturbing headline: “The Perils Of Constitution-Worship”. It is an open secret that The Economist has deep ties to America’s liberal ruling elite and the big money interests behind them, and so it was only natural for them to jump on the bandwagon.
Right away the article in The Economist made it abundantly clear who the real targets of the article were….
At almost any tea-party meeting you can expect to see some patriot brandishing a copy of the hallowed texts and calling, with trembling voice, for a prodigal America to redeem itself by returning to its “founding principles”.
Yes, the liberal elite love to bash Tea Partiers. They represent everything that the liberal elite believe is wrong with America. In the article, those who support the Tea Party and believe in the U.S. Constitution are portrayed as “infantile”….
Indeed, there is something infantile in the belief of the constitution-worshippers that the complex political arguments of today can be settled by simple fidelity to a document written in the 18th century.
According to the article, when we revere the Constitution and the values that this nation was founded upon, apparently “truth is the victim”….
When history is turned into scripture and men into deities, truth is the victim. The framers were giants, visionaries and polymaths. But they were also aristocrats, creatures of their time fearful of what they considered the excessive democracy taking hold in the states in the 1780s. They did not believe that poor men, or any women, let alone slaves, should have the vote. Many of their decisions, such as giving every state two senators regardless of population, were the product not of Olympian sagacity but of grubby power-struggles and compromises—exactly the sort of backroom dealmaking, in fact, in which today’s Congress excels and which is now so much out of favour with the tea-partiers.
But the Constitution bashing was not done yet. Just a few days ago Joshua Keating had an article entitled ”Are Americans Too Constitution Obsessed?” published on the website of Foreign Policy – the official magazine of The Council on Foreign Relations. Considering the fact that every single U.S. Secretary of State since the 1950s has been a member of the CFR, it is very disturbing that they feel free to bash the U.S. Constitution as well. In fact, those who know the history of the CFR know that it has an absolutely enormous amount of influence over the U.S. government.
In the article, Keating makes the following statement….
I also suspect most Americans don’t realize quite how old the Constitution is by world standards.
And that is what liberals want us to think – that the U.S. Constitution is archaic, that it is outdated and that it simply does not work in the modern society that we are now living in.
But they are wrong.
A republic can still work in 2010.
Individual freedom and liberty can still work in 2010.
Limited government can still work in 2010.
The Bill of Rights can still work in 2010.
But liberals are becoming increasingly open about the fact that they want to take all of those things away from us. They are no longer afraid to publicly bash the U.S. Constitution.
In fact, many of them are willing to do just about anything to impose their version of a politically correct socialist paradise on all of us.
A war on the U.S. Constitution has been declared.
Will the American people rise to defend it, or are we about to lose the Republic that our founding fathers fought and died for permanently?