Monday, September 18, 2006

The legislation creating 'Constitution Day' makes a mockery of the Constitution...

PorkBusters Hall of ShameWalter Williams:
Each year since 2004, on Sept. 17, we commemorate the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 American statesmen. The legislation creating Constitution Day was fathered by Sen. Robert Byrd and requires federal agencies and federally funded schools, including universities, to have some kind of educational program on the Constitution.

I cannot think of a piece of legislation that makes greater mockery of the Constitution, or a more constitutionally odious person to father it - Sen. Byrd, a person who is known as, and proudly wears the label, "King of Pork." The only reason that Constitution Day hasn't become a laughingstock is because most Americans are totally ignorant of, or have contempt for, the letter and spirit of our Constitution. ...

... Here are my questions to you: Has our Constitution been amended to authorize federal spending on "objects of benevolence"? Or, is it plain and simple constitutional contempt by Congress, the president, the courts and, worst of all, the American people? Or, am I being overly pessimistic and it's simply a matter of constitutional ignorance?
I'd say a little bit of each.

The Heritage Guide to the ConstitutionThomas Sowell:
“Much of the Constitution is remarkably simple and straightforward—certainly as compared to the convoluted reasoning of judges and law professors discussing what is called ‘Constitutional law,’ much of which has no basis in that document... The real question [for judicial nominees] is whether that nominee will follow the law or succumb to the lure of ‘a living constitution,’ ‘evolving standards’ and other lofty words meaning judicial power to reshape the law to suit their own personal preferences.”
Damn he's good.

Ronald Reagan:
“[A]ll Americans should reflect upon the precious heritage of liberty under law passed on to us by our Founding Fathers. This heritage finds its most comprehensive expression in our Constitution. The framing of the Constitution was an arduous task accomplished in the spirit of cooperation and with dedication to the ideals of republican self-government and unalienable God-given human rights that gave transcendent meaning and inspiration to the American Revolution... The wisdom and foresight of the architects of the Constitution are manifest in the fact that it remains a powerful governing tool to the present day. Indeed, a great British statesman has called it ‘the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.’ For 200 years, people from other lands have come to the United States to participate in the great adventure in self-government begun in Philadelphia in 1787. It is no surprise that knowledge of the Constitution is one of the primary requirements for new citizens... [A]ll citizens should reread and study this great document and rededicate themselves to the ideals it enshrines.”
Radical.

Update: Is 'Constitution Day' Unconstitutional?
... Americans should take time to reconsider the federal government’s role in education and ask whether it’s time for Congress to devolve federal authority back to local communities.
When it comes to homosexualized public schools, education spending and the rampant political correctness in self-absorbed unions... "devolution" is probably exactly what we need.

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