Wednesday, January 2, 2013

NYT column: Abolish the Constitution

[Yes, I blogged about this in the previous post. But this is my shorter, breezier version. And the subject matter is profound enough that it bears repeating. Let it soak in].

Gut the Second amendment? Why bother.

Just kill the whole Constitution.

No, it's not an idea in some wacky blog. It's in the New York Times!
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, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.  
Consider, for example, the assertion by the Senate minority leader last week that the House could not take up a plan by Senate Democrats to extend tax cuts on households making $250,000 or less because the Constitution requires that revenue measures originate in the lower chamber. Why should anyone care? Why should a lame-duck House, 27 members of which were defeated for re-election, have a stranglehold on our economy? Why does a grotesquely malapportioned Senate get to decide the nation’s fate... 
Four years after Obama promised fundamental transformation, it looks like progressives are finally bold enough to add some detail.

Will they try to kill the Constitution lawfully, like the Germans gutted theirs, with something like the Enabling Act?

Or does Obama just arrive home after some future vacation, and announce he's going to stick around a little longer than expected?

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