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The Right’s Made-up ‘Constitution’

July 6, 2013

For Tea Partiers and libertarians, it is an article of faith that the Constitution tightly constrained the federal government and gave broad powers to the states. But that is bogus history — mere propaganda — and suggests that the Right’s rank-and-file has never read or understood the document, says historian Jada Thacker.

By Jada Thacker

The Cato Institute’s Handbook for Policy Makers says, “The American system was established to provide limited government.” The American Enterprise Institute states its purpose to “defend the principles” of “limited government.” The Heritage Foundation claims its mission is to promote “principles of … limited government.” A multitude of Tea Party associations follow suit.

At first glance the concept of “limited government” seems like a no-brainer. Everybody believes the power of government should be limited somehow. All those who think totalitarianism is a good idea raise your hand. But there is one problem with the ultra-conservatives’ “limited government” program: it is wrong. It is not just a little bit wrong, but demonstrably false.

The Constitution was never intended to “provide limited government,” and furthermore it did not do so. The U.S. government possessed the same constitutional power at the moment of its inception as it did yesterday afternoon.

This is not a matter of opinion, but of literacy. If we want to discover the truth about the scope of power granted to federal government by the Constitution, all we have to do is read what it says.

The Constitution’s grant of essentially unlimited power springs forth in its opening phrases: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”


Wherever Snowden ends up, I'd really love it if he'd settle down and write a book

About what he knows, about his exploits, about everything.

Something, on paper in his own words, which could be poured over and even vetted by both non-expert and expert readers alike.

I don't know if he'd see a dime of profit from such a book, since it would fall under the same laws that were written in response to Phillip Agee's "CIA Diary."

But, hell, I'm sure it'd be a fascinating read... Of course, Greenwald himself would jump at the chance to pen the forward too.

Hugh Masekela - You Keep Me Hangin' On


I'm a favorite uncle to several nephews, of whom I have manhandled quite easily

Just a little guy horse-play, of course, with most of them in their late teens and even early twenties.

I'm a grown ass man and these kids are skinny ass teens... And let me tell you, there is no way that any of them could best me in horseplay, even if they tried.

It's about upper body strength as any grown man knows... A teenager can't compete in that area with a grown up.

They can outrun me, they might even outlast me in the stamina department, but you can best damn sure believe that I'd make them submit to my initial strength and adult authority before it ever got to that point.

Which, for me, seems like a bunch of complete horseshit when Z. said that Martin was beating the crap out of him to the point where his life was in danger and he had to shoot.

What kind of grown man, in his thirties mind you, would say that a skinny kid had beat the shit out of him to the point where his life was in danger?

A man who wants people to believe his bullshit excuse for shooting and killing that kid of course.

Alright, you beat me. I give up, no more fighting about it from me anymore...

That's right, you win.


What is it that am I supposed to be agreeing with you about again?

I forgot.

Good Morning, Vietnam!

Good Morning from Castle Anthrax!

I forgot to wish all of you a Seasonings Coatings

BUt today's the day after America's Birthday, that's like Wrestling Day, right?

Fucking Congressional Republicans


The American Justice System

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