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I am sure a Marxist / Redistribution of the Wealth Radical like Sunstein would have a problem with the Constitution ACTUALLY MEANING WHAT IT SAYS. As he has said in his book, Nudge, he wants to keep "nudging" America into his world of Marxism.
How can you watch that clip and some how come away with an opinion on the matter in which Sunstein thinks? He did not give his opinion. He spoke of judicial thinking. He did not share with us his feelings on the constitution. Your understanding of the world is lacking.
This country was founded on our Constitution. Just because we have indoor plumbing and ipods doesn't mean we change our basic foundation. We Grew and Evolved thankfully! Mr. Sunstein if you do not like this country, you are free to leave at any time.
The link was missing the plug in so I did not get to see it. But I didn't have to see it to agree with what "Anonymous" said!
It is very clear to discern Sustern's thinking. He is not speaking in terms of endearment for original intent or Justice Thomas 'correct' view of the insidious proliferation of judicial precedent essentially turning the Constitution into a meaningless document on the constraint of power of the national government. Also, he is the 'regulatory czar', the department which unconstitutionally makes laws, and upheld by the government courts time and time again, without constitutional legislative process. Only an ignoramus or leftist would think Sustern's view shown on the video was idealogical neutral.
I agree with skeeter. The name of his book tells of his ideology very clearly and his book itself is another propragandist attempt to lay legitimacy to the growth and pseudo 'purity and righteousness' of the State. The book, undoubtedly, will receive heaps of praise from the intellectuals and media that predominate with this treacherous ideology. Also, does it not say enough that B.O. considered him as one of his top supreme court justice appointees? This ideological stacking of the supreme court, as was done by other rogue presidents in the past, clearly displays why Jefferson, et al, have repeatedly written that the fed gov's 'biased' supreme court cannot and does not hold final say over constitutionality of the laws its sister branches of government wish to or have enacted. This we don't read or hear about in our public education on our Constitution and the reasons and meaning of its creation and existence. This is also part of the reason why usurpation of the constitution by judicial precedent is evangelized by mainstream (ideological) 'legal scholars' to be some evolutionary 'good thing' for 'the people' which in almost all cases does the exact opposite for the good of 'the people' and their liberties. Legislative law by unconstitutional judicial fiat which results from the incorrect contemporary belief that supreme court rulings are the 'supreme law of the land' is another very misinterpreted statement that is used to its fullest broad interpretation by both modern day neo-cons and the left.
Jefferson and Madison stated very clearly that the United State of America are a union of confederated states and NOT a consolidated republic. The states always had and never did relinquish their powers of which they had greater number and scope than the federal government had specifically enumerated to it. The fed gov was created by the will of the states and not the other way around. All this mumbo jumbo of what the constitution means or allows to the fed can be put to rest very easily and quickly. The constitution is to be taken and interpreted in its narrowest sense and in regards to its specifically enumerated powers. If social security, health care, blah, blah, blah... are ideals to be made law by gov beaurocrats then specific constitutional amendments are the means to make that possible....if the people really want these things. OR, more properly, to be left to the INDIVIDUAL state themselves to decide such matters. The amendment process is a long and deliberative process but that is the means to change the constitution and purposely done so wisely by our founders. This way 'the people' are able to discern and find out what is being foisted upon them with a clear understanding not just what the short term but also the long term effects of granting NEW, previously unconstitutional, powers to the federal gov.We are very nearing a critical crisis point economically and socially because of the accelerated 'orthodox' policies of this administration, not to mention the 100+ years of legislative activism of massing new and greater powers. Elections have failed us and will continue to do so because of the continuous perpetuation of unconstitutional power and legislation. Even if so-called conservatives win this election cycle the next will again be an ideological struggle while the wrongs won't be corrected and arbitrary law and despotism will be a continued handmaiden.Interposition and nullification by the states themselves of the endless unconstitutional federal laws is the only effective possibility of stopping and reversing the increasing encroachment of the state. Again, Jefferson and Madison stated magnificently the powers of state's rights and their defense of their sovereignty and of their people rights. The Virginia and Kentucky resolutions of 1798 and 1799 clearly espoused the use of interposition and nullification to DEFEND the US constitution and 'the people' from its usurpation through arbitrary law and despotic leaders. Thomas Woods has a very good book about this and should be read by anyone serious about real CHANGE. This also begs the question of WHY we have never heard about these principles...but I am sure to most of you it will not be too hard to figure out.
Cass Sunstein: Possibly the most dangerous man in the United States.
Sunstein suggests that NOT interpreting our Constitution literally is just a different point of view. He feigns neutrality. No value judgment here. But he knows that the law was meant to be taken literally. If he were an honest man, he would suggest that we only change the constitution through amendment, and not through the actions of 9 lifetime appointed judges.
This man should be hung in front of the capital building as a trator!! CASS ARONALD!! _David Watts