Why the love affair with the Constitution?Submitted by snakepit22 on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 13:01
Do we cherish the right to bear arms because it’s in the Constitution, or do we cherish it because it is logical and moral? Do we cherish free speech and the freedom of religion because they are in the Constitution, or do we cherish them because they are also logical and moral?
In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed an almost cult-like following for the Constitution coming from the liberty movement. This following almost seems to suggest a certain infallible characteristic of the Constitution from which a libertarian can argue almost any current policy point. Even some on the left have been known to argue for free speech and equality under the law, not by their own logical and reasoned analysis, but simply because it is in the all-powerful document called the Constitution. It’s easy to see how this support of the Constitution backfires on the left any time the issue of gun control is brought up, but would this uber-allegiance ever backfire on the liberty movement?
Before we continue to sing the praise of the Constitution to anyone who will listen as we continue the national gun debate, let us be reminded of two very important facts. Fact 1; Government is force, and therefore, Taxation Is Theft. Fact 2; The Constitution which founded this country provides the government with the authority to tax the citizens.
Even as I would concede that the Constitution is the single greatest document ever forged by man, the single greatest ‘anything’ forged by man will still be imperfect and our founding documents are no exception. Luckily for me, my rights do not come from a document, and I refuse to allow the outcome of any debate to rest on the absolute power of some words someone wrote.
In reality, my rights only exist as a result of the force I may have to use in order to defend them. In principle, my rights exist because of the logic and reason on which they are based. They don’t exist because of the Constitution. If we continue to rest our libertarian arguments on a document rather than on reason, then we concede the most important debate point we will ever face in this movement. Does the government have the right to use force on its people? When we succumb to the all-powerful authority of the document, we further enslave ourselves to the tyranny of democracy. No Bill of Rights can every truly free a people who have accepted the government’s power to tax. For this reason, let us remember as we continue to spread the message of liberty, that freedom is logical an moral, and not a result of documentation, but a result of reason.