Friday, February 23, 2007

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.

Read more here and here.

6 Comments:

Blogger FredMarshall1937 said...

Trial transcript shows judge withheld evidence (Border Guard case)
http://www.phxnews.com/fullstory.php?article=45661

Is there anything more corrupt than our courts?

Exchange I witnessed recently in local "Recorder's Court."

A gentleman in overalls, in his 60's I would guess, probably never finished the 6th grade, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with an expired license plate. The exchange between him and the judge went something like this:

How do you plead?

Your honor, I've been working for Mr. Robinson for 27 years and....

How do you plead, guilty or not guilty?

Your honor, I've been driving that truck for Mr. Robinson for 27 years and I don't own......

One more time, how do you plead, guilty, or not guilty?

Your honor, I don't own that truck, I just drive it for Mr. Robinson, it's his truck and it's his license plates that are expired. I have a driver's....

Do you want a lawyer?

Well, sir, I guess I'm gonna have to get one if I'm gonna get anything said in this court.

Okay, you be back here Monday morning at 8 o'clock with a lawyer. And just so you know, the ownership of the truck is not at issue here. The law says no licensed driver may operate any vehicle that doesn't have a valid and current registration and license plate. It's every driver's responsibility to make sure the vehicle he operates is legal to be driven on the state's roads, regardless who owns it. See you Monday, sir.

8:19 PM  
Blogger KOSMIC said...

Bring back the anonymous Comments and enable the feature to screen the comments. Delete all non productive comments and keep the focus. If no one else wants to do this I will do it myself, Just email me the logon an d password info.

8:59 PM  
Blogger AMERICA: FREEDOM TO FASCISM said...

i was trying to add haloscan comments but can't get them to work with the new blogger software........i like the ability to be able to ban a commenter......i don't think the blogger comments will let you ban a commenter.......but i did like having the anonymous commenter function enabled like you say.........it's up to fred smart......i'm just a little peon around here.............dk

9:29 PM  
Blogger FredMarshall1937 said...

I try to keep my posts within the realm of taxes and demonstrating how crooked the courts are (on all issues).

10:10 PM  
Blogger FredMarshall1937 said...

...and coaxing government lurkers and posters into doing a little research on their own from sources other than the IRS and DOJ websites.

10:11 PM  
Blogger TrueLogic said...

Great Post. Thanks

10:16 PM  

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