Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Episode 38. The Constitution--Obsolete? Or obstacle to liberty?

A watershed podcast for your slow-learning correspondent.

Answer this important question, if you can: Do we have the current national government we have, as bloated and oppressive as it is, in spite of the Constitution, or because of it?

Hologram of Liberty is a remarkable book by Boston T. Party (Kenneth W. Royce) providing ample evidence that the winning side of the Framers' struggle planned and fought for exactly what we've got. Well, maybe they didn't envision full-body scanners in airports, but they created a model of centralized government that SEEMED to limit its power, and yet upon further review the "genius" restraints have been revealed as shockingly weak, easily broken or bypassed.

This was by design. The men of that time had theoretical and personal interests in creating a strong central government.

We've been trained (those of us who were actually taught about the Constitution in school) to revere the Constitution and the Founding Fathers who created it. These angelic men, put here among us by Providence at a key moment of history, created the most perfect document of self-governance ever conceived. Right?

If Providence had seen fit to send us nothing but Thomas Jeffersons for the past 200 years, then maybe the rose-colored glass version of the Constitution would have prevailed. Instead, the raw-nature-of-man rulers kept coming, and we've ended up with the Federal Reserve, the IRS, the EPA declaring CO2 to be a dangerous pollutant, and all manner of central controls that substitute collectivist crap for individual liberty.

The lesson? Be careful what you hold in reverence, for it may prove unworthy.

Oh, and there is always a villain, in this case, the despicable Alexander Hamilton. Aaron Burr was a couple of decades too late, if you know what I mean.

P.S.: A thanks to early listeners who caught a couple of verbal slips on my part--I talk about how the Judicial branch is like the "sheep guarding the hen house." Whoops, should be fox, not sheep, of course. And in the midst of a soft-voiced tirade against Alexander Hamilton, I slip up and say that (James) Madison initiated the First Bank of the U.S. It was, of course, the loathsome Hamilton. (Of course, Madison was also a Federalist, and architect of much of the structure of the national government, so no love lost on him either.)

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