"Is the U.S. Constitution truly worthy of the reverence in which most Americans hold it? A view on that from Louis Michael Seidman, professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University :
Said Seidman: "I've got a simple idea: Let's give up on the Constitution . . ."
He went on to say he didn't think we should give up on everything in it.
"The Constitution has many important and inspiring provisions, but we should obey these because they are important and inspiring, not because a bunch of people who are now long dead favored them two centuries ago," Seidman said.
He went on to express impatience with discussions of fundamental rights like the First Amendment, and added:
"Worse yet, talking about gun control in terms of constitutional obligation needlessly raises the temperature of political discussion. Instead of a question on policy, about which reasonable people can disagree, it becomes a test of one's commitment to our foundational document and, so, to America itself. . . .
"If we are to take back our own country, we have to start making decisions for ourselves, and stop deferring to an ancient and outdated document."
I'm no constitutional scholar, a defect I will try to remedy.
But I know enough to know that the Constitution is where liberty lives, and that if it dies, the guarantees that have set hundreds of millions of people free will die, too.
Politicians are frustrated by checks on their power. Nothing new there.
The Founding Fathers, on the other hand, were after something really new - protecting ordinary people from people like that.
I'll stick with the Founders. They're the real liberals, the ones looking out for my best interests, even after all these years.
Maurice is editorial page editor of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-4802 or ha...@dailymail.com.