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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

 

Happy Constitution day
Today, as you may have already been reminded, is the 214th anniversary of the Constitution. And, as we all know, the 214th anniversary gift is "Blatant Disregard by the Courts," hence the 9th's most recent inane ruling. But that's another post entirely.

I, like any other conservative worth his salt, am a big fan of the Constitution. I think that it deserves a good deal of the credit for making this country the success it is. Now, you will find liberals who believe this as well, but they will compliment it on things like its "flexibility." And by "flexibility," they mean the uncanny ability to contain words that it doesn't really contain, such as "wall of seperation," "right to privacy" and "Bush lied!"

Other liberals I've heard go even farther, arguing that the Constitution itself is harmful, that it's racist, outdated, undemocratic and so on. (It's certainly the latter to a certain extent, but I'm comfortable with that.) At the very least, they will criticize those who act as if the Constitution had no flaws.

Well, the Constitution may well have flaws. But honestly, we need to act as if it does not--that is to say, we need to have the humility to recognize that what we may see as flaws may well not be, and accept the Constitutions authority--to do otherwise is to invite disaster. As Ben Franklin said,
"...I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other. I doubt, too, whether any other Convention we can obtain may be able to make a better Constitution."
So, here's to the Constitution, warts and all. Whatever else you can say about it, it's certainly done the job better than any other in history.
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