Originally posted by I_am_Spartacus
The people who actually understand the Constitution and know its not a living document. Those who understand the original intentions of our Founding
Fathers. NOT those who get their history lessons from Jon Stewart, their 6th grade history textbooks written by progressives like obama, or from the
History channel. That means at least half the population who are as you would call "tea baggers", at least half the population that sees what he is
doing and wants him stopped NOW!!!
Let me sort out your stance...
Constitution = Not a "living document"
Role back civil rights and abolition, women's right to vote etc.?
Are you an Originalist, Constructionist or Textualist?
Or are you just apeing something your heard Glen Beck say?
Let me try to understand your view better..
Those who don't understand the constitution..
Jon Stewart and his viewers.
Anyone who studied history in gradeschool with the aid of a textbook.
People "like him"
People who read books about history that were written by "people like him"
The History Channel
Is that it then? Those folks don't understand the constitution?
The ones that do undertsand the constitution..
"Those who understand the original intentions of our Founding Fathers" .... "teabaggers".
Though I suspect you are already aware of it, being the constitutional scholar you are, let me direct you to the quote that is often cited as the
founding genius of the constitution...
The Committee of Detail was a committee established by the Philadelphia Convention on June 23, 1787 to put down a draft text reflecting the agreements
made by the Convention ...
In the draught of a fundamental constitution, two things deserve attention:
1. To insert essential principles only; lest the operations of government should be clogged by rendering those provisions permanent and
unalterable, which ought to be accommodated to times and events:
Item 1 !!!
Geez...it was the first and most important thing they decided in Philadelphia when they started the process creating the Constitution of the United
Maybe read it again.
The founders intent is right there...essential principles only...which ought to be accomodated to times and events.
Now I am a huge fan of the constitution, and this will set your hair on fire...whatever his politics, by all accounts the POTUS is too.
For you to decide the TPM are the only Americans who understand the constitution...well I imagine such a claim would make every founding father,
whatever thier politics, roll over in thier graves.
The document was designed to survive the ages and the politics...and to "belong" to everyone as opposed to a singular, often just idiotic, political
The document LIVES.
Every dictator and despot, from Pol-Pot to Castro has begun with this exact rhetoric ...and like the Tea Party Movement it is always cloaked in a
"popular uprising" of intolerant folks being used, their sense of disenfranchisement goaded, their baser emotions affirmed..all in the pursuit of
power...see Dick Armey.
It's not mysterious, just ugly.
There is nothing in this OP or most of the rhetoric that our founding fathers would not find inately offensive.
Just my 2 cents.
[edit on 22-6-2010 by maybereal11]