Before we begin today’s rant, it’s probably best to start with a definition.
HUBRIS: Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.
President Obama and his administration have made it clear that, in their view, the U.S. Constitution, the foundation of the freest, most prosperous and most creative nation the world has ever known, is no longer relevant to life in the 21 Century. According to that view, it is a reflection of our “fundamental flaws.”
However, because saying so is politically unwise, they have instead declared themselves in favor of “a living constitution.” That’s progressive-speak for judicial and legislative reinterpretations to radically transform our legal and economic systems.
However, things are not going according to plan. Everyday Americans, those bitter, Bible reading and gun owning hicks candidate Obama famously described,
It’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations. Candidate Obama, April 2008.
are displeased with health care legislation, the deficit and income redistribution. The president’s response is disbelief. “You would think they would be saying ‘thank you. That’s what you’d think,” President Obama said, speaking at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.
And of course, even 2 years later those obstinate Americans still haven’t figured out how to think clearly. According to Mr. Obama in his speech last week. “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country is scared.”
If Americans are scared, it’s with good reason, and it’s not adversely affecting their mental faculties. The economy is stagnant and unemployment climbs despite all the money Congress has spent on “job creation” and all the regulations it has imposed on those greedy banks and corporate capitalists.
It also appears that quite a few people have started to think about this whole Constitution thing and have decided to engage in its defense, vigorously.
According to the progressives, a bunch of rich, white, dead guys couldn’t possibly offer any insight into our sophisticated, multicultural, and technologically advanced world.
But then again, maybe they were smarter than the progressives think:
The want of confidence in the public council damps every useful undertaking, the success and profit of which may depend on a continuance of existing arrangements. What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not but that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed? What farmer or manufacturer will lay himself out for the encouragement given to any particular cultivation or establishment, when he can have no assurance that his preparatory labors and advances will not render him a victim to an inconsistent government? In a word, no great improvement or laudable enterprise can go forward which requires the auspices of a steady system of national policy. James Madison, Federalist 62, 1788.