Thursday, April 29, 2010
Constitution? What Constitution?
Time for yet another great installment from Hillsdale College's Imprimis newsletter. And I do mean great.
This time, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman contributes a piece entitled "The Coming Constitutional Debate." I would be more inclined to call it a battle, because that's exactly what it will be. Justice Markman ably draws the battle lines:
Proponents of a "21st century constitution" or "living constitution" aim to transform our nation's supreme law beyond recognition—and with a minimum of public attention and debate. Indeed, if there is an overarching theme to what they wish to achieve, it is the diminishment of the democratic and representative processes of American government. It is the replacement of a system of republican government, in which the constitution is largely focused on the architecture of government in order to minimize the likelihood of abuse of power, with a system of judicial government, in which substantive policy outcomes are increasingly determined by federal judges. Rather than defining broad rules of the game for the executive and legislative branches of government, the new constitution would compel specific outcomes.
I would go beyond even Justice Markman's concerns. They're not merely trying to force more things into the courts. They're trying to throw out the U.S. Constitution completely and establish a dictatorship in all but name. Individual rights and liberties are subordinated to the demands of the state, although lip service is given to protecting the right to perversion and everything else that's indefensible. It really will be a fascist-style system, technically allowing private business but so tightly controlled and regulated it might as well be state enterprise.
I could go on, but give Justice Markman's article a read. His clarion call needs to be heeded.