The word slave may not be in the Constitution, but the word free is used to
designate people who aren't counted as "free people" or
"Indians". Seems like a very Scalia interpretation to me. There are a group of changes to the Constitution, they are called amendments.
Once the Constitution has been amended, it changes. The 13th amendment mentions
slavery and outlaws it.There are some other changes to the
Constitution that seem to be conveniently ignored by most of our home-grown
constitutional experts.Executive orders for the most part have more
to do with the internal operation of the Executive department than anything
else. The first was signed by George Washington three months into his term.Snopes.com has some interesting reading about executive orders and the
garbage that floats in the internet about them and the President. Most of the
garbage is false and smells accordingly, but is consistent with a concerted
effort to make this a one-term presidency. No lie is too big. Any
lie repeated often enough will be believed by a significant portion of the
population. The big lie is the best lie.
@LDS LiberalThere is NOTHING wrong with trying to change the
constitution, as long as it is done by proper method,it has a built
in mechanism for change made difficult on purpose,the change must be
superlatively agreed on.It shouldn't be changed on whim but
with deliberate consideration by everyone and every state.It has
become a very real problem when so many have gone around the constitution via
executive orders, weakening or stretching the interpretation to gain powers and
rights not intended or to take away freedoms ans liberties, using the courts to
"make" law, and so forth.the constitution was created to
create a limited government not a limited people where most all governing was to
be done at the local or state level not the federal level where power is best
left.The federal government was only to be strong enough to keep the
states united.The first line states "of the people and by the
people", NOT by federal decree.BTW, 'slavery'
isn't in the constitution, while a compromise was reached to limit the
southern slave states representation, and thus influence. Slavery, limited women
rights are not in the constitution
FlashbackKearns, UTLDS Liberal, that is why they also made it hard
to amend, unlike the constant blizzard of Executive Orders currently coming out
of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that attempt to erode the constitution by fiat of
one man, and not the citizens of 50 states.2:50 p.m. Sept. 17,
2012================= I found 19 resolutions that the
present Congress proposed for "balanced budget amendments." Fourteen of
these House and Senate resolutions were presented by and the Flag Desecration
amendment,the Christian amendment, the Human Life amendment, the School Prayer amendment, the Pledge of Allegiance amendment, Equal Opportunity to Govern [the Arnold Schwarzenegger for President]
amendment, repeal the 17th amendment amendment, Federal Marriage
amendment, repeal the 22nd amendment amendment, I could go on
and on....The point is this; For those who SAY they are the
ones protecting the Constitution, The Republicans are constantanly trying
to CHANGE the Constitution.I'm GLAD those Founders made it so
hard to change -- it's to protect it from the lunatics on the Right who
keep trying to save it by destroying it.Hypocrites!
The COTUS is a very fluid & dare I progressive document?Queuing
Mike R & John C Spring in 5, 4,...
1: this opinion piece is about this great document. 2: The Constitution was
created to control government so they could't control the people. Why so
many ex orders in the first place? Seems to me no matter what president is in
office, all these ex orders are in violation of this great document because it
is proving they aren't controlled at all and because they keep signing ex
orders, I think they like it that way.
I had to go back and look at the numbers because they seemed so far out of sorts
and Obama has actually signed 154 ex orders in his first term still placing him
at dead last among the last five presidents, hardily a blizzard.
Bush senior signed 165 in his one term, sorry
@flashback"the constant blizzard of Executive Orders currently coming
out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that attempt to erode the constitution by fiat
of one man, and not the citizens of 50 states."lets examain this
claim;In four years Obama has signed 26 executive orders.George W in his 8 years in office signed 290, which means Obama would have to
sign ex orders at 1o times the rate he has during his first presidency to match
WBush senior in his ONE term signed 290 or at a rate 11 times
Obama.Reagan in his eight years signed 400 Ex orders. Obama would
have to sign ex orders at 14 times the rate he has in his first term. So lets talk about this idea about a blizzard.
@Flashback"..unlike the constant blizzard of Executive Orders
currently coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue..."Wow
Flashback, you genuinely sound outraged about the number of executive orders
from Obama. And your outrage would be so much more convincing if you presented
even the slightest effort to be objective in your claims. Unfortunately, since
you have no interest in baselining your outrage against actual FACTS, you simply
come across as another whiny, partisan mouthpiece.For the record,
Obama has issued 136 executive orders to date. By comparison, Bush issued 290+,
Clinton issued 360+, Bush Sr. issued 166 and Reagan issued 381.In
fact, Obama has used executive orders fewer times than ANY president in the last
century but don't let that distract from your outrage.
LDS Liberal, that is why they also made it hard to amend, unlike the constant
blizzard of Executive Orders currently coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
that attempt to erode the constitution by fiat of one man, and not the citizens
of 50 states.
Excellent letter.This hopefully should silence the Consututionalist
Tea-partiers who keep insisting the Constutution - as written 225 years ago -
was Perfect.The Founders as quoted, knew they were merely laying the
"Foundation" inwhich to build a new Nation upon. [hint; that's why
they are called "Founding Fathers", get it - i.e., Foundation?...Not
builders or Creators...Founders.]BTW -- Happy Constitution Day
Excellent quotation of Ben Franklin. Too bad he's not around today to talk
some sense into our "representatives" in Washington.
To "doubt a little of [our] own infallibility, and to make manifest our
unanimity" is the great political task of our generation.