The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.Rubber Stamp Act
Originally posted by sheepslayer247
Also, not having adequate time to read bills has become the norm from both sides of the aisle, has it not?
Indeed, and as distasteful as it may be, there's absolutely nothing "unconstitutional" about it. Representatives and Senators can vote however they
want for whatever reasons they want, or no reasons at all.
Heck, a Senator could stand up and say "I have no idea what I'm voting for, but here's my vote" or even "I'm voting for this because I despise
the Constitution, hate this country and want everyone in it to die a horrible death." Not exactly compelling slogans for re-election campaigns, and
possibly grounds for censure or recall, but not
prohibited by the Constitution.
Freedom is very much a double-edged sword. As the history of this country so amply testifies, many, many
things Congress has passed into law
have been later found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, and some of the greatest Presidents in U.S. history have also been some of the worst
violators of the Constitution.
The nature and composition of the government specified by the Constitution are pointedly designed to account for the many ways government power can
shift, corrupt and be abused. Over the years, exactly that has occurred in great abundance, and the latest trend -- a slow, steady march toward
consolidation of all
power in a single, monolithic federal juggernaut -- is offensive to the original and far more robust concept of
distributed powers (and very troubling, in my opinion).
Despite all the absurd shenanigans we the people have witnessed over the past couple of centuries (from the very beginning, I might add), the
government we have does ultimately represent us -- from our greatest strengths right down to our most embarrassing weaknesses. And even as screwed up
as things already are (and they will
get worse), they can get better if we as a nation wish it to be so.
In order for that to happen, there must be some sort of common ground, and the Constitution is about as good as it's going to get for us Americans.
Thus I hope I can be forgiven for being a bit parochial about the definitions and meanings associated with the Constitution, and impatient with their
I wouldn't care if it didn't matter, and I challenge anyone and everyone who truly loves and respects the Constitution to love and respect it enough
to care about it, too.
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.