December 01, 2010

When Liberals Declare Words Mean What They Want Them To, Not What They Actually Mean

I'm always amused when the Left uses overwrought language to provoke alarm over perfectly reasonable words and ideas put forth by conservatives. For example, there is this headline in today's TPM:

Cantor Urges 'Open Mind' On VA Legislature Plan To Blow Up The Constitution

Got that -- conservatives want to "blow up the Constitution". How? By using provisions contained in the US Constitution -- indeed, provisions written by Madison and the other Founders themselves at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 -- to amend the Constitution! I don't know about you, but that hardly sounds like a plan to "blow up the Constitution".

Now we can discuss the wisdom of the proposed amendment -- the so-called "Repeal Amendment", which would allow for 2/3 of the states to overturn a federal law by acts of their legislatures. And one can dispute the wisdom of using a convention rather than Congress to propose this and other possible amendments to the Constitution. But neither of these constitutes "blowing up the Constitution", unless one wants to similarly argue that the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments "blew up the Constitution" because they emancipated slaves and made blacks citizens, or that the Seventeenth Amendment "blew up the Constitution" by taking power out of the hands of the state legislatures by establishing popular election of the US Senate.

For a good discussion of the Repeal Amendment, see this post by Sister Toldjah. And I've discussed the notion of a second Constitutional Convention in this post. And for clueless, overwrought rhetoric about "blowing up the Constitution", here's the original TPM article.

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The hysteria in the TPM article is amusing. Do they seriously believe that federal laws would be repealed right and left when the requirement is for 2/3rds of the states to agree (or 3/4ths, as Professor Barnett suggests)? Getting that much agreement would be like herding cats. For comparison, just how often has an Article V convention been successfully called? *crickets*

Thanks for the link-back!

|| Posted by Phineas, December 1, 2010 07:30 AM ||

Add to that the absurdity of the argument that the Repeal Amendment would be unconstitutional, that states would attempt to use it to overturn provisions of the Constitution, and the absurd claim that the goal is to undo civil rights protections for minorities, and you have full-blown hysteria.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, December 1, 2010 07:56 PM ||

You dissing on someone using overwrought language is like Boehner picketing tanning salons!

|| Posted by The Liberal You Married, December 7, 2010 09:53 AM ||
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