Tuesday, January 17, 2012

William McGurn: Obama Brings Back the Constitution - WSJ.com

Obama’s three years turning out pretty much as expected.  Maybe I thought the economy would have turned around a bit faster, but the left’s silence on the war has been the one big surprise for me.  Well, small surprise maybe.

Yes, in the Bush years the air was also thick with accusations that the Constitution was being "shredded." We now know that the professed concern for the Constitution was fake. We know it was fake because the same Bush claims of executive authority in war that provoked such apoplexy in our pundits, professors and politicos have for the most part been embraced by Mr. Obama—all to the distinct sound of silence.

And these excellent para from McGurn and the common person as dopes frame. We’re not, and can see through these “reforms”.

We are learning, however, that ordinary Americans who never before heard of the Commerce Clause are perfectly capable of grasping the argument that if the federal government can require a citizen to buy a product in the market, there's nothing he can't be forced to do. As Republicans head into their South Carolina primary, the preferred press narrative appears to be of a party riven by differences that are intractable. What this misses is the larger constitutional point on which Republicans are mostly united and by which so many are driven: that what's at stake in the 2012 election is the process our founders gave us for resolving these debates.

William McGurn: Obama Brings Back the Constitution - WSJ.com

3 comments:

JMP said...

Yes, in the Bush years the air was also thick with accusations that the Constitution was being "shredded." We now know that the professed concern for the Constitution was fake. We know it was fake because the same Bush claims of executive authority in war that provoked such apoplexy in our pundits, professors and politicos have for the most part been embraced by Mr. Obama—all to the distinct sound of silence.

Yes, Obama and the Democrats are acting the same way that Bush and the Republicans were. It's the belief that "If you do it, it's bad, but if we do it, it's good." When Bush approved the Patriot Act, many on the left condemned him, but have we heard much from them when Obama approved NDAA? What about UU's? When I searched for "Unitarian Universalist" and "Patriot Act" I received many links that were very negative in nature, but search for UU's and NDAA and not much shows up. Both are restrictions on individual liberty, but the NDAA is very dangerous. Also, Obama continued the wars of Bush, and seems geared up to send us into Iran. As a non-interventionist, pro individual liberty person, I am not happy with either political party or their leadership. I will probably sit out the 2012 election, as there is no true choice.

JMP said...

LITTLE HOPE FOR CHANGE:
A SUMMARY OF THE BUSH-OBAMA LEGACY

http://www.obamatheconservative.com/

Bill Baar said...

The UU blogosphere's long gone silent on the President. Very little written about him one way or the other.

Go back and read some of the posts around his election and inaugural and compare to the silence now. It's a striking lack of reflection upon the once felt passion.

There's some lessons to be learned there. I don't sense anyone wanting to learn 'em.