I've been asking - how many times now? - at what point we're at the Concord Bridge. Perhaps in our next Constitution, we'll add some language about forbidding the involuntary redistribution of wealth by government, along with banning bills being written in secret and voted on during the dark of night.
"... in our next Constitution?" The present one forbids most of the evils of big government. And yet, here we are.
The reliance upon SCOTUS to render a Constitutionality judgement effectively absolves the congress from having to even consider the question. "Are you serious? Are you serious!?"
Just enact the thing and live with what the pragmatic Court will let you get away with, years and thousands of billable attorney hours later.
The only thing that kept past congresses and administrations from doing what we see today was conscience and honor.
johngalt, you capture my frame of mind full and proper. But for a few of the Amendments (regarding the direct election of Senators and direct Federal taxation, f'rinstance), I like our present Constitution a lot. The problem is, it's not obeyed.
Truth be told, I was also channeling the last few pages of Atlas Shrugged, which I had really hoped you would have caught - given your nom de plume.
What's becoming painfully clear to me is that there are multiple components necessary to preserving the Republic: a Constitution as good as ours, a Federal government that will govern in accord with that Constitution, and an educated voting populace willing to hold that Federal government accountable for governing the way thye Constitution says. Many have said that our Imperial Congress disregards the Constitution entirely, but we also have an electorate that keeps sending the Barney Franks and the Nancy Pelosis and the Ted Kennedys (well, okay, Ted Kennedy's not getting re-elected this go-round without a crystal ball and a ouija board) back to their annointed posts. Constitution be damned, the people have figured out how to vote themselves the public treasury. Thank the unwashed 52% for that one, though this goes back at least to FDR's days.
I'm out of solutions. I'm not convinced that the 2010 or 2012 elections will be honest. See this, for example:
If the voters do not or cannot right this, then the sole remaining options become armed revolution, secession, or sitting back and accepting it. That last one is the least appealing.
Followed the link.
Heaven help the Republic.