Correcting George Will on Ron Paul and the Constitution
George Will's curt dismissal of Rep. Ron Paul in Will's recent Newsweek editorial requires further examination.
According to Will, Paul "believes, with more stubbornness than evidence, that the federal government is a government of strictly enumerated powers." Will rightly points to Article I, 8 as the enumeration of the powers of Congress.
What does the august Mr. Will mean, exactly, in claiming that Rep. Paul's position is based on "more stubbornness than evidence"? He does not say. But he should.
George Will's disagreement with Ron Paul about the extent of congressional power, then, must really come down to a disagreement over the significance to be attached to the explanation of the Constitution offered by Federalists in their campaign to persuade Americans to ratify it: Rep. Paul consistently respects the
ratifiers' understanding; perhaps Mr. Will does not.
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