Sunday, July 03, 2011

Time’s Orwellian Story on U.S. Constitution Refuted - Ken Blackwell - Townhall Conservative

This article by Ken Blackwell takes a look at the recent issue of Time magazine asking if the United States Constitution is still relevant today. I read the Time piece online here, and I can't help but wonder if Time is still relevant to today.

Anyway, below are some excerpts from the Ken Blackwell article with my emphases. You can read the full article by clicking this posts title or the link at the end of this post.

  • It [Time magazine] portrays the Constitution as an outmoded document that we should ignore to whatever extent is expedient to pursue someone’s vision of a better society: “We cannot let the Constitution become an obstacle to a future with a sensible health care system, a globalized economy, and evolving sense of civil and political rights.”...........

    Or questions on enduring constitutional principles. “Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s 1803 pronouncement that any law contrary to the Constitution is null and void?” “Every government officer (including every judge) takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Should they apply its original meaning to current challenges?”

    The story was so riddled with distortions that it obscured its message. For example, it says we must raise the debt ceiling because, “the idea that we can default on our debt is not only reckless; it’s probably unconstitutional.” It twists a provision from the 14th Amendment that has nothing to do with the debt ceiling.

    The reality is, revenue government collects every month so vastly exceeds our debt payments that we could easily meet our monthly obligations. We would just have to cut discretionary spending on other programs. But it’s deceptive to suggest that not raising the ceiling automatically causes default, and it’s wrong to suggest it’s unconstitutional.

    The story concludes, “The Constitution serves the nation; the nation does not serve the Constitution.” The connotation is that we shouldn’t be too slavish in our fidelity to the Constitution.


    The picture art at the outset of Time’s story showed the Constitution cut in dozens of narrow vertical strips. Clearly it had been run through a paper shredder.

Time’s Orwellian Story on U.S. Constitution Refuted - Ken Blackwell - Townhall Conservative

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