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The Constitution, version 2.0
WorldNetDaily ^ | June 4, 2005 | Alan Sears

Posted on 06/06/2005 10:20:04 AM PDT by inkling

During the next 15 years, the United States could see some incredible transformations. Every young adult would be given $80,000 via a new tax on the "rich." Felons would be allowed to vote. A second Bill of Rights would be instituted, complete with a slew of new entitlements to ensure social and economic "equality." And most amazingly, no one will need – or even be allowed – to vote on these sweeping changes. Unelected judges could simply mandate each of them – for our own good, of course.

None of these changes are inevitable, but lest you chalk it all up as alarmist hype, an influential group of legal scholars seeks to make these things – and more – a reality.

In April, Yale Law School's chapter of the American Constitutional Society sponsored a conference titled "The Constitution in 2020." The event was designed to foster leftist policies into being, with the consent of neither voters nor elected officials. Perhaps this strategy should be expected in light of the desperation of many leftist politicians to remain in office these days. Not surprisingly, one of the conference's main financial backers was left-leaning and Bush-bashing international financier George Soros.

The first sentence of the conference description stated the goal forthrightly: "It is time for progressives to set a constitutional agenda for the 21st century." Yale law professor and opening speaker Bruce Ackerman revealed how sweeping their dream agenda could extend.

The professor promoted taxing the "wealthy" to create a "citizenship inheritance" of $80,000 for every young adult to use as each sees fit. In addition, Ackerman and other conference speakers believe that we as a nation need convicted murderers, rapists and other felons to help us select our leaders at the ballot box.

Harvard Law's Martha Minow agreed.

"For the politically unpopular and disenfranchised – including detained immigrants, children and literally disenfranchised ex-convicts – we do need to ramp up affirmative constitutional aid," she urged.

But affirmative action for felons and non-citizens wasn't enough for some. University of Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein insisted that even more progressive "constitutional interpretation" was required.

"It is important to be clear on what is meant by 'the Constitution,'" he said, churning up thankfully forgotten days when we wondered what the meaning of the word "is" is. "That idea could of course be limited to what is technically part of constitutional law as the Supreme Court understands it. Much more ambitiously, it could include anything deemed 'constitutive' of national commitments and principles."

And which "commitments and principles" is Sunstein referring to? Well, leftist ones, of course.

The professor referred at length to former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's proposed "Second Bill of Rights," which would invent bizarre, socialistic governmental guarantees our Founding Fathers never could have dreamed of.

Rights to a well-paying job, housing, health care, education, recreation and even freedom from "unfair competition" are included in this imagined constitution. No mention, of course, is made of the destruction of our nation's economic engine in the process.

While the original Bill of Rights set limits on the government, the Bill of Rights "the Sequel" would grant the state inconceivable authority to intervene in every sector of our lives.

If brought to the electorate, this breathtaking expansion of state power would be emphatically laughed out of town halls from Arizona to Vermont. But while the proposals seem outlandish today, government-sanctioned abortion and same-sex "marriage" seemed equally outlandish before being fabricated by some members of an unelected judiciary.

The sad truth is that, practically speaking, the only impediment these days to government-enforced recreation and nationwide salary caps is the interpretation of one more runaway Supreme Court decision. And if this effort is allowed to prevail, the results will be with us for a very long time.

Left-leaning columnist Joshua Micah Marshall reveled in the promise of the 2020 conference.

"This isn't about 2006 or 2008 or figuring how all the cards might fall right in this or that cycle," he said. "It's about creating the building blocks of progressive reform, one step at a time, one lawyer at a time, one new idea at a time, building networks of like-minded individuals who create enduring change. That's stuff that doesn't show results in a week or a month; but it endures."

The left has made it clear that the will of the people is not their primary objective, and they are willing to work incrementally to achieve their goals if need be. The conference at Yale demonstrates how important the judiciary is to our future. It is a startling reminder of the need for our judges to interpret the Constitution for what it clearly says – rather than what they wish it said.

Alan Sears, formerly chief of the criminal section of a U.S. Attorney's Office and an associate solicitor of the U.S. Department of Interior, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defense Fund, America's largest legal alliance defending religious liberty through strategy, training, funding and litigation.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: academia; constitution; judges; judicialnominations; liberalism

1 posted on 06/06/2005 10:20:04 AM PDT by inkling
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To: inkling
The professor promoted taxing the "wealthy" to create a "citizenship inheritance" of $80,000 for every young adult to use as each sees fit.
Which I very much doubt would even be limited to citizens.


2 posted on 06/06/2005 10:24:00 AM PDT by E Rocc (If God is watching us, we can at least try to be entertaining)
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To: inkling; MeekOneGOP; Grampa Dave

BTTT to read later

3 posted on 06/06/2005 10:24:10 AM PDT by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: inkling

They forgot the first new bill of right. The right to post birth abortion of all Conservatives at the point in time they become Conservative to be aborted not murdered but aborted.

4 posted on 06/06/2005 10:28:01 AM PDT by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle)
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To: inkling
Sounds like the monstrosity of the EU constitution. Maybe they can just use it because the European voters have shown that they have no use for it.
5 posted on 06/06/2005 10:29:00 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republicans and Democrats no longer exist. There are only Fabian and revolutionary socialists.)
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To: inkling

Its nonsense like this that makes our eventual victory inevitable.

6 posted on 06/06/2005 10:30:57 AM PDT by An Old Marine
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To: inkling; Admin Moderator

duplicate. search is your friend.

7 posted on 06/06/2005 10:32:43 AM PDT by King Prout (I'd say I missed ya, but that'd be untrue... I NEVER MISS)
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To: inkling

Whiskey and a hooker for all! Hooray!

These leftist are committing treason in my view.

8 posted on 06/06/2005 10:34:04 AM PDT by Jaysun (No matter how hot she is, some man, somewhere, is tired of her sh*t)
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To: Jaysun

Hey! I don't thik you can steal Teddy Kennedy's ideas...

10 posted on 06/06/2005 10:40:50 AM PDT by DTwistedSisterS
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To: inkling

When can we start shooting the bastards?

11 posted on 06/06/2005 10:44:46 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: inkling
"The professor promoted taxing the "wealthy" to create a "citizenship inheritance" of $80,000 for every young adult to use as each sees fit"

Of course, receiving $80k would immediately make that young adult "wealthy", so...
12 posted on 06/06/2005 10:57:07 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: 2banana

A better set of questions: Where can I get the proper tags, and is there a bag limit or are they considered varmints?

13 posted on 06/06/2005 11:11:27 AM PDT by Doug Loss
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To: inkling


14 posted on 06/06/2005 11:45:47 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Pessimist

Supply and demand would eat that up within days, if not hours. Spend yours first or use it for wallpaper.

15 posted on 06/06/2005 12:07:39 PM PDT by Eastbound (Jacked out since 3/31/05)
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To: E Rocc
The professor promoted taxing the "wealthy" to create a "citizenship inheritance" of $80,000 for every young adult to use as each sees fit.

Which by the time they get through destroying the economy will be the price of a Big Mac and Fries.
16 posted on 06/06/2005 3:03:27 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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