The Controversial Constitution
Yesterday, the Republican majority elected in November were sworn into office and took control of the House Of Representatives. This was in no small part thanks to the rise of the Tea Party rallies, websites, and groups that sprang up in response to excessive government spending and overreach in grabbing for power.
It appears, at least for now, that Republicans, for the most part, have learned from listening to us. A movement among them seems dedicated to bringing the Constitution into the spotlight, including a full reading of it on the House floor during session and citing Constitutional Authority in any new bills brought up for a vote.
Since this announcement, the leftists have had a collective pantie-wetting. Ezra Klein lamented that it was pointless, because the Constitution was like “over 100 years old,” and no one understood it anyway. The New York Times opined that reading the document was somehow “raaaaacist,” citing the original compromise written in concerning the 3/5ths person rule.
Meanwhile, Joy Blowhard on her CNN Headline News show seems to be getting annoyed about it, thinking this whole Constitution-loving thing is getting “out of hand.” And several talking-head mouthpieces try to compare revering our founding document to a religious fanaticism.
None of this deterred them, however, as the Republicans in the House took turns this morning reading a line or two from Constitution, getting through the whole thing in about an hour and a half or so. And lo-and-behold, the 3/5ths thing was not mentioned.
Well, DUH! Through the Amendment process outlined in Article 5, several lines, sections, and other Amendments have been revised, changed, and even repealed. Including, of course, the 3/5ths provision.
What some appear to not understand, or refuse to, is that there have been changes made. No one, at least no one with any seriousness, wants to return to the days of slavery, or women not being able to vote. Yet any time anyone mentions “returning to Constitutional Principles” the idiots on the left throw up that is precisely what they want.
Serious people from all sides can debate exactly how the Constitution applies to today’s modern world. That is good, healthy, and leads to more informed and engaged people. And if there is something that is not good, or no longer applicable, then Article 5 can be exercised and the Amendments made.
The problem is, though, that the left seems to think that the whole thing should just be trashed, and let them define what is good for the country or not. This can not happen, lest we lose all the freedom Americans have been guaranteed by the Constitution.