How to Argue for Liberty and the Constitution - great short articleSubmitted by Blue Republic on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 08:38
How to advocate effectively for liberty and constitutional principles
by *not* using a constitutional argument:
"In the fight for liberty and limiting the authority of one group of people (the government) over another, all kinds of arguments have been used. Generally they fall into these categories; in what I believe are descending order of usefulness.
Historical arguments: "Hitler, Mao and Stalin all misused this power.
Our government shouldn't have this power either."
Moral arguments: "Stealing is wrong. Therefore the income tax is wrong."
Constitutional arguments: "The Fourth Amendment protects us from unreasonable search and seizure."
The US Constitution is a great document, full of pithy truths, and it has demonstrated through the centuries a prescient wisdom that is quite remarkable. But as far as an argument in favor or against government behaviors, it is by far the weakest of the three. The principles behind the Constitution are so strong, and the historical evidence of unlimited government gone awry so plentiful that there is no reason to make weak appeals to the authority of a piece of paper so few recognize as valid.
Far more important than if something is in the Constitution is why..."