a reply to: CranialSponge
I recall Canada before the latest version of the Canadian Constitution was adopted. It changed almost
nothing in both the lives and views of Canadians from what I can see.
It isn't the Constitution, per say, that's the issue. If properly utilized, the Constitution of the U.S.is unmatched by any nation's including
The problem in the U.S. is the sheer loyalty to that document, also unmatched anywhere else, is being used by those that have subverted that same
document into believing that restoring it alone will solve the nation's problems. It will not.
That is the simple truth of it, IMO.
That shakes the very core belief of the conservative, et al, movement in the U.S..
For example, there is a common belief, which I shared until recently, that restoring the Tenth Amendment would solve the federal gov't's incursion
into state affairs. Education, EPA, etc..
Take the EPA as it applies to the oil industry. Massive restrictions on development of known reserves far in excess of any other nation's. This plays
completely into the major oil companies hands! Restricting development drives up the value of already developed reserves, hence profits!
As the oil industry develops those remaining reserves based on a 50 year projected return, their long term profits benefit from restricted development
of those reserves.Those that they do NOT control which would increase supply thereby reducing demand and therefore profits messes with long term goals
and development. Hence the war on fracking. The big oil companies, OPEC in general, the Saudis, all funding/supporting the PR campaign against it.
If the Tenth Amendment was enforced, the EPA would cease to exist. I my mind, also a bad thing. The oil companies and others would now become largely
unencumbered and would take "liberties" under the pressure to increase profits. Hence, more avoidable pollution.
The solution lies in a workable balance. Some clearly defined and restricted federal oversite that is limited in it's power with an effective
"watchdog" that watches over the federal "watchdog" could, perhaps, work.
The Constitution clearly defined areas of responsibility- a balance- to maintain that balance. The Constitution has been violated for quite a while
and lately ignored altogether. There is no balance left to maintain.
Throw in the "time factor"/wiggle room to right the "balance" and the constitution, the balancing tool, becomes obsolete.
Obsolete in the sense that any workable restoration requires far more draconian measures than the Constitution permits!
Therefore my premise is that the lock-step support of the Constitution under the present mess is misguided and actually counted on by those that
intend to maintain the current direction. Both ideologically and financially.
Our greatest strength has been subverted into a trap.
Once again, just thinking outside the box. I could be completely wrong....I hope so
Neither scenario is solvable under current Constitutional
edit on 5-8-2014 by nwtrucker because: (no reason given)