Bring Back the Constitution

Assigned Reading: Bring Back the Constitution
(FROM: Real Clear Politics)

Yes, I know this article is from way, way back in 2007. In it, Charles Kesler argues for a Republican Party strategy to combat the ascendant Barack Obama. He was right then, and he’s right now:

Democrats… in order to mobilize their disparate supporters must advance long, specialized agendas. Goodbye, “the audacity of hope.” Hello, the hope of audacity, of any sort of bold Democratic policy addressing the common good rather than client groups.

Republicans have a hard time competing against such pandering, but that won’t stop them from trying. The best way to avoid this race to the bottom is to connect Republican policies to the Constitution and its principles…

But the alternative to reviving constitutionalism is to make policy with no limits except for the judges’ whims, and with no guide except our leaders’ visions, distilled from their constituents’ desires. The alternative to constitutionalism, in other words, is to play politics according to the Democrats’ rules. That’s a losing game.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This has been my frustration with the RNC for sometime now!!!

    What is it going to take for them (besides Michelle Bachmann) to start quoting the Constitution and the Federalist papers and many of the other illuminated documents of our Founders?

    This is our country's only defense, and it would certainly draw contrast to the UNCONSTITUTIONAL and MARXIST arguments being espoused in the halls of Congress!

    Republicans can be so STUPID!

    Lisa in TX

  2. Rix says:

    The worst problem of conservatism is the fact that it is all about preservation of the status quo. They fight a defensive battle and thus are doomed to lose, sooner or later. Every time the "progressives" score a victory – whether through the Congress, on the ballot, or by fiat of another activist wacko in a black robe – their achievement becomes irreversible. Contrary, every conservative victory just sets the ground for the next battle. Until the words REPEAL and PROSECUTE, rather than STOP and CONDEMN, are firmly entrenched in the conservative vocabulary, the country will keep sliding to the abyss of socialist oligarchy that I had a very questionable pleasure of living under in two countries. Grow the sack, people. What are you waiting for – MSM approval?

  3. SimpleSwine says:

    As is often said, 'Hind sight is 20/20…', which is fine as long as we learn from it… what I find troublesome is how all too often we do not.
    Just look at how some on the Right are listening to the left on how to save our system, our Party, our Beliefs… now, maybe it's just me, but I never take advice from the enemy on how to beat them… I'm fickle like that…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Rix is right.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Agree with what has been posted here and the '07 article.

    As many of us have said before, it is going to take all of us with the right momentum to get the GOP to meet the required standards to win and govern in the appropriate manner.

    I agree, "repeal and prosecute."

  6. Anonymous says:

    Have you guys ever checked out this blog??? They consider themselves democrat Hillary supporters and have been slamming Obama (whom they so kindly refer to as Dr. Utopia) and his policies. They even went as far as writing Bush an apology letter, and saying now they see he was a great President!

    This article titled "Three Areas the GOP Needs to Focus on to Take Down Obama & His Band of Socialists in 2010" is great.

    http://hillbuzz.org/2009/11/12/three-areas-the-gop-needs-to-focus-on-to-take-down-obama-and-his-band-of-socialists-in-2010/

  7. Gail B says:

    Isn't the Republican Party supposed to be the conservatives? Why isn't Michael Steele sounding off on some of this?

    Anonymous said "Rix is right."

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Rix is right.

    And, I'd like to see each bill introduced separately for its own subject matter, and include a specific reference to the U.S. Constitution citing wherein Congress is authorized to pass such legislation.

  8. Gail B says:

    Rita sent this to me:

    Time for a 28th Amendment

    When the people fear their government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. Thomas Jefferson

    Amendment 28

    Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.

  9. ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL says:

    Gail,

    That really is brilliant!, that 28th Amendment….. Jeff, who can we get to get this rolling?, and will you promise you will when we get you into office?

  10. HOLD THE PRESSES says:

    On second thought, why lengthen a document that nobody reads or even references anymore?

  11. Gail B says:

    HOLD THE PRESSES–

    If the Constitution fails us, we have nowhere to hide.

    HOLD THE PRESSES–I think you have hit the nail on the head! We must adhere to the constitutionality of each and every piece of legislation. The Constitution must be referenced with each piece of legislation. The constitutionality of any legislation already passed must be questioned and/or repealed.

  12. Rix says:

    > The Constitution must be referenced with each piece of legislation.

    And if the Congress has its way, it will be referenced. The last sentence of every law will say "…and we used the Constitution" for bathroom tissue!"

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