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Revering the Constitution
Yes we all love the constitution. Unconditional love is a little hard sometimes for a document that established the eye-poppingly undemocratic maldistribution of senators, including the fact that I personally have zero representation in the Senate, OR the House. But it's the founding document of the American democracy, so we're all supporters. Now the 'that having been said' part.
That having been said, here's a little axiom for you. People brandish the constitution and treat it as a sacred text only to the degree it matches their current political objectives. (Same with referring to the founding fathers as a pantheon of saints.) People mine history for political ends. It sometimes seems if that is all history is really FOR. Both sides do it. Currently its tea party time on this. Reading the constitution in the most restrictive way is seen as a method to derail even vaguely liberal policies from being enacted into law.
The problem is not the people in the street with signs about this. The problem is there is now something of a working majority on the Supreme Court which seems poised to use this strategy to repeal a great portion of what the American democracy has achieved over the last hundred years. The bludgeoned corpse of campaign finance law is a harbinger. This has the potential to get extremely ugly. --Tom Toles
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