Don’t let that title fool you – the points being made in the cited article apply to anyone. There are plenty of culprits to share blame when it comes to less than faithful adherence to constitutional principles. However, when someone proclaims their oath of allegiance, loudly and proudly, and then proceeds to trample on it, they deserve special attention.
The Heart of a Statist
While those on the left of the political spectrum certainly play the Constitution card when it suits their purposes, it is their counterparts on the right who own it most vociferously. The problem is, it is mostly rhetoric. When it comes down to it, most participants in either major party are statists at heart. They may believe government should do different things but, at the end of the day, they believe government should be doing things. Lots of things.
And, that is where serious questions about following the Constitution must be asked. An honest reading of the document should disclose the nature of the powers it grants the federal government. Which is to say, few and specific. If you don’t like that idea, then you can expand on what it “really means” or simply ignore it. We have seen too many examples of both.
So, anyone who desires to do more than what the founders laid out for us need to address these questions. Naturally, those who scream the loudest about their fidelity deserve the most denunciation when proven false. Hence, the conundrum facing conservatives, supposedly steadfast defenders of the Constitution.
Unlike the average conservative or liberal / progressive, the libertarian views the Constitution through a different lens. Not as a means to grab more power for the government but the opposite. To limit the government’s power as originally designed. With that in mind, the following is worth contemplating.Unlike the conservative or liberal, the libertarian views the Constitution through a different lens. Not as a means to grab more power for the government but the opposite. To limit the government's power as originally designed. Click To Tweet
Constitutional Questions for Conservatives
“Yet, in spite of the issues libertarians have with the Constitution, they would generally agree with the sentiment, ‘Although the Constitution isn’t perfect, following it would be a lot better than the situation we have now.’ If conservatives would just follow their own Constitution, libertarians might just leave them alone. If Republicans would stop talking about how they are the ‘party of the Constitution’ and act like it, we could almost get along…
“Conservative support for the federal government doing these twenty things shows that they don’t follow their own Constitution. Oh, some of them may complain about the amount of money the federal government spends on these things, how inefficient some program is, how some particular program is operated, or how much waste and fraud is in some program. But they have no philosophical objection to the federal government doing any of these things even though they are not authorized by the Constitution. Not convinced yet? Here are twenty more…”
Be sure to check this out in more detail at Why Don’t Conservatives Follow Their Own Constitution?.