Professor Louis Seidman in his article titled “Let’s give up on the Constitution,” said, “As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution”
This is ludicrous. Our financial crisis was a result of bad policy, outrageous spending, and poor fiscal planning. Our country’s dire financial straits are the result of decades of overblown government, bureaucracy, unsustainable entitlement spending, and unjust wars.
To blame the mere fact that we have and occasionally adhere to our constitution as the source of “all the problems in the USA” is just ignorant. A more accurate statement would read, “the fact that we have forsaken so much of our Constitution is the reason our country teeters on the edge of fiscal chaos.”
Our country has recently seen the rapid destruction of many freedoms that were once protected under the constitution. Our freedom of speech has been repeatedly assaulted as “hate speech’ or ‘terroristic threats’ if you dare to question the leadership of our nation. In February 2012 the Senate passed HR347, making it illegal to protest where the secret service was present.
Just 2 weeks ago, the President issued 23 executive orders aimed at restricting the 2nd amendment right to bear arms. A bill was introduced in January 2013 to repeal the 22nd amendment which places term limits on the presidency. Medicare is failing, Social security is failing. Our military spending is over $700Billion per year, more than 6 times China, the second largest spender, and more than the next highest 14 countries combined.
Our fiscal chaos is not the result of our constitution but rather our ignoring it. Our forefathers never intended for us to be the world police and to intervene in any crisis that anywhere in the world, where our leaders thought we may be able to benefit from our support. If we want to return America to its former glory, we should start by reducing the federal government to its constitutionally mandated size and cutting the spending to match.