I just read an article by Louis Michael Seidman, a NY Times OP-ED Contributor, who wrote “Let’s Give Up on the Constitution”, and I can’t be quiet on this one.
Mr. Seidman, I see your education and experience… a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. Your clerking experience under D.C. Circuit Judge Skelly Wright. The books and papers you have written.
But you are still a man. A man with an opinion. Everybody is entitled to have an opinion. But it doesn’t mean your opinion is right. I have an opinion too. Maybe my opinion doesn’t matter much either, but I am going to give it to you anyway.
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And early in the days of the Church, the Mormons were being severely persecuted. In Missouri, the Governor Lilburn W. Boggs signed an Extermination Order to kill all the Mormons, or drive them out.
During this time of difficulty, Joseph Smith, President of the Church, received this revelation about the Constitution:
According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles; That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment. Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another. And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood. (Doctrine and Covenants 101:76-80)
That is what the Lord Jesus Christ said about the constitution. Of course, you can throw this out the window and chalk me up as a crazed Mormon lunatic who is clinging to beliefs that mean nothing to you. But if Jesus Christ really did say this about the constitution, and I believe he did, then you are standing on very shaky ground in calling for the American people to give up on the constitution.
I believe the Constitution was divinely inspired. I see the hand of God in the lives of the men that brought that document forth. I recognize that had it not been for that constitution, even though there were men like Boggs who ignored it, my Church never would have survived the 1800s.
You say, “No one can predict in detail what our system of government would look like if we freed ourselves from the shackles of constitutional obligation.”
I say: Hogwash… This country would devolve into tyranny. In fact, it is almost there on account of those in leadership positions that already ignore what the Constitution says about freedoms and liberties.
You say, “…we ought to try extricating ourselves from constitutional bondage so that we can give real freedom a chance.”
I say: You have no idea what kind of bondage this country would be in without the Constitution. Want a taste of what would happen? I invite you to go visit Egypt. Go see how well their new constitution, based on Sharia Law, treats its people. Go experience that transition. Tell us all if they are really able to “settle (their) disagreements through mature and tolerant debate.”
Sorry, Mr. Seidman, but I couldn’t stay silent on this one. I can’t stomach the foolish blathering of progressives… especially progressives that threaten the Constitution that blesses my life every day.
You don’t like the Constitution?
Please find a place that suits you better. Maybe Piers Morgan would love to take you home with him.