Wednesday, December 03rd, 2008 | Author:

Cato has sounded off about the 20,000 troops that are going to be stationed stateside. His post title, You Need to Be Controlled, says it all. Other than “Amen,” I would just add this video of Bruce Fein discussing some of this in relation to the constitution.

You remember the constitution, don’t you? It’s that dusty, historical document in Washington that used to rule our country. Presidents, present and future, don’t think alot of it, though. Here are a couple of their thoughts.

Bush, from a meeting in 2005 about the Patriot Act:

“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”

“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”

Obama, from a radio interview in 2001 [emphasis added]:

But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted, and the Warren Court interpreted it in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted. And one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court-focused, I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways, we still suffer from that.

Hmmm … doesn’t look good for that old piece of parchment, folks.

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  1. Cato says:

    Sadly, I think you are correct. Yet the truth lives on.

    “The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased.” Alexander Hamilton

  2. akaGaGa says:

    Ah, thanks for this, Cato. What a great quote.