Let’s give up the constituiton?! This is what’s being taught in our institutions of higher education

burning constitution

CBS ran this segment with  Georgetown University law professor, Louis Michael Seidman:

The professor wrote a New York Times Op-ed where he states:

This is not to say that we should disobey all constitutional commands. Freedom of speech and religion, equal protection of the laws and protections against governmental deprivation of life, liberty or property are important, whether or not they are in the Constitution. We should continue to follow those requirements out of respect, not obligation.

Nor should we have a debate about, for instance, how long the president’s term should last or whether Congress should consist of two houses. Some matters are better left settled, even if not in exactly the way we favor. Nor, finally, should we have an all-powerful president free to do whatever he wants. Even without constitutional fealty, the president would still be checked by Congress and by the states. There is even something to be said for an elite body like the Supreme Court with the power to impose its views of political morality on the country.

What would change is not the existence of these institutions, but the basis on which they claim legitimacy. The president would have to justify military action against Iran solely on the merits, without shutting down the debate with a claim of unchallengeable constitutional power as commander in chief. Congress might well retain the power of the purse, but this power would have to be defended on contemporary policy grounds, not abstruse constitutional doctrine. The Supreme Court could stop pretending that its decisions protecting same-sex intimacy or limiting affirmative action were rooted in constitutional text.

The deep-seated fear that such disobedience would unravel our social fabric is mere superstition. As we have seen, the country has successfully survived numerous examples of constitutional infidelity. And as we see now, the failure of the Congress and the White House to agree has already destabilized the country. Countries like Britain and New Zealand have systems of parliamentary supremacy and no written constitution, but are held together by longstanding traditions, accepted modes of procedure and engaged citizens. We, too, could draw on these resources

The professor argues that our obsession with the constitution is the cause for the dysfunction our government seems to be suffering, while ignoring the blatant disregard for the constitution, which has expanded the powers of government, as the creation of the  problem. In essence, he is saying let us just follow the parts of the constitution we agree with, how we determine those parts, he doesn’t elaborate.

Remember, this guy is teaching “higher education.”


Yea, I’m hitting my head …………again!

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One Response to Let’s give up the constituiton?! This is what’s being taught in our institutions of higher education

  1. Dude, you’re gonna have a knot the size of a boccie ball on your noggin if you do that every time you read crap like this.
    Either that, or you’ll give yourself a concussion or twelve.

    THIS is the reason I am not that enamored with having my sons go to college: guys like this are in every area of the University system, in every state. I think they get paid based on how LITTLE their students know, or how few logical ideas their students still believe upon graduation.

    But I completely understand why you’d bang your head, Bret:
    it feels better than having to read about guys like Seidman.

    Keep up the fight regardless, partner.
    And put some ice on that.

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