Skip to comments.Death of the living Constitution
Posted on 06/23/2012 3:27:35 PM PDT by workerbee
The old Constitution, lifeless, irrelevant and inconvenient to its progressive critics, is having a good run of late at the expense of the living Constitution.
Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for withholding information on his Mexican gunrunning operation, a de facto act of war on our southern neighbor, with Fast and Furious itself a deliberate act of war against the Second Amendment.
ObamaCare verging on voiding.
The Founders would be pleased.
They built the Constitution as a bulwark against Mans frailties, agreeing with Machiavelli that both leaders and the people are wicked and with Montesquieu that the defense against wickedness in government is a separation of powers, with each imperfect branch set against its rival in a base balance.
The Constitutions purpose is to provide form for Jeffersons ideal: that the aim of government on this fallen orb is libertyto allow self-evident truths to be achieved in practice with governments object to be the securing of its citizens Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness.
Lincoln believed, and a great war was fought, over whether that promise of liberty, rightly understood, extended to all Americans. It did and it does.
A few decades later, some very smart academics with some very advanced political science theories from Germany considered the American Constitution and found it lacking, archaic.
Hegelianism devalued the Founders as mere reflections of their time, historically conditioned by obsolete thought with little of relevance to modern conditions. The Constitution must be living, unfixed and formless, were it to have relevance to industrial Man.
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“...Lincoln believed, and a great war was fought, over whether that promise of liberty, rightly understood, extended to all Americans...”
Oh, please...give me a break...
I was kind of expecting someone to bring that up. LOL
glad to oblige...
trick question - - -> “When did Lincoln end slavery in his home state of Illinois?”
Well, I’m no scholar on the question, but as I understand it, the Emancipation Proc actually listed certain states that were “slavery free.” I’ll guess Illinois was not one..?
Now if someone would get up on their hind legs and slap the L out of all those insisting that anyone and everyone out to the fifth cousin of anyone who visited the US can run for president.
A natural born citizen is born on US soil of citizen parents. There is no other definition.
If I’m not mistaken, the Civil War was fought to preserve the Union... and slavery became an issue as the war went on. The Republican party was created as the party for ending slavery... still is. I don’t really understand what Fox is trying to say here between the lines.
Only slaves in the ten seceding states were freed. It did not outlaw slavery or make freed slaves citizens.
So after the war, slavery was made legal again, right?
No. It took some time to settle matters after the surrender and get enough states to ratify the 13th Amendment. During the war, slavery was still legal in Confederate areas controlled by the Union.
My thoughts as well, although I am divided over whether a good articular should be sullied by such a self-destructive historic myth.
Lincoln’s war was about imperial domination the very opposite of liberty & self-government not slavery. Those who lionize him do the cause a disservice.
“...a good articular should be sullied by such a self-destructive historic myth...”
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,...but some communists are more equal than we are. What in the world have we become?
Except that slavery still existed in so called “union states” before and after the war.
Your right about that, it really made no sense to mention Lincoln in there and it just muddied the water with a historically inaccurate & inflammatory references.
Lincoln was no more interested in liberty than he was in the southern right to self-government. He made this abundantly clear in his repeated statements on the subject to his “countrymen” in explaining his war.
Why are people under this delusion that Lincoln was a good President ? He cut through the constitution like a hot knife through butter. Probably the 2nd most dangerous Presidency in American history...
For those who were out sick the day 10th grade American history class covered slavery, check out the Thirteenth Amendment.