Thursday, June 23, 2011

THYME Magazine

Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor

Volume III, Issue XXVI

Does it Still Matter?

The 'other' weekly news magazine asks this week: "Does the U.S. Constitution still matter?" Not surprisingly, the 'other' weekly concludes that good old concepts like limited government and checks and balances might be archaic! All the while, TIME asserts that there is no 'Constitutional crisis.' It is just those 'crazy Conservatives and Tea Partiers' again. The framers couldn't possibly have wanted the document to be so.. "inflexible!" Afer all, the framers didn't know about "Lady Gaga" [1.]

TIME states: "We can pat ourselves on the back about the past 223 years, but we cannot let the Constitution become an obstacle to the U.S.'s moving into the future with a sensible health care system, a globalized economy, an evolving sense of civil and political rights." [2.] Read: "Don't let 200 years of history stand in the way of Obamacare, Globalism and new rights for 'special interest' groups." TIME asserts that the founders were not all that clear about their intent to limit Federal power anyway. Certainly we can't let it stand in the way of becoming more like Socialist Europe (even though Europe seems to be enjoying a resurgance of Conservative thought right now).

Too bad. Now more than ever we need those restraints on government gone wild. Even though our government collects unprecidented amounts of revenue, we're running up record debt as we allow programs to replace historical means of caring for one another and use the money that should be set aside for them to fund other things.

Our founders hammered out a wonderful system of government that takes into account our human frailties. Checks and balances and clear definition of powers granted have served us well for over 200 years.

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