A liberal constitutional law professor opined yesterday that the United States should give up the Constitution. Powerline Blog reported on Georgetown Law School professor Louis Seidman's New York Times Op-Ed with the title “A liberal comes clean: We have the Constitution.” Seidman blames the Constitution for the current inability to “fix” the fiscal cliff tax and budget issues as well as other problems faced by our current government.
Seidman wrote, “As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil.”
Louis Michael Seidman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Seidman received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1971 and after that clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Liberal academics and politicians, seeking to expand the role of the federal government, have often been frustrated by limits placed on government by the Constitution. In past, liberals have sought to either interpret the Constitution to allow what they want it to allow (judicial activism) or in a few instances have called for amending or replacing the document.
Few liberal politicians, who are perceived and believed to agree with the views of Professor Seidman, ever admit to holding this point of view on the Constitution. It should be noted and remembered that all elected public office holders take the pledge to abide by and uphold the Constitution before being sworn into office.
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