Mike Hughes: Our Constitution matters
I hereby declare the new motto of the Democrat Party to be, “What difference does it make?”
The Obama administration lied to the American people about the Benghazi terror attack. What difference does it make? President Obama says there should be no debt ceiling. The last Treasury secretary was caught not paying his taxes. The next secretary has intentionally made a joke out of his signature. Liberal Democrats say that the federal government doesn’t have a spending problem. What difference does anything make?
A Georgetown University professor recently made headlines by saying, “Let’s give up on the Constitution.” He said we should pick and choose to follow the parts of the Constitution that are “important and inspiring,” and that we needn’t worry about things that were favored “by a bunch of people who are now long-dead.”
One year ago, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg said that she wouldn’t use our Constitution as a model for other countries. Apparently, she believes that we haven’t embraced basic human rights. So I thought it would be interesting to see what other leftists have put in their constitutions.
Russia, 1918: “For the purpose of securing the working class in the possession of complete power, and in order to eliminate all possibility of restoring the power of the exploiters, it is decreed that all workers be armed … and the propertied class disarmed.” “For the purpose of securing to the workers real freedom of conscience, the church is to be separated from the state and the school from the church …”
Germany, 1919: “National laws are superior to the laws of the states.” “The German people united … and inspired with the will to renew and strengthen the Reich … and to promote social progress, has adopted this Constitution.”
U.S.S.R., 1936: “Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to work, that is, are guaranteed the right to employment …” “Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to rest and leisure …”
North Korea, 1972: “The social system of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a people-centered system under which the working people are the masters of everything and everything in society serves the working people.” “The property of the State belongs to the entire people. There is no limit to the property which the State can own.” “The State shall eliminate the way of life inherited from the outmoded society and establish a new socialist way of life in every sphere.” “Citizens are entitled to free medical care …”
Note the similarities between these failed ideas and the ideas of today’s liberal Democrats.
It’s also important to note that constitutions alone didn’t cause those societies to fail. The ideas behind their constitutions caused them to fail. The ideas behind our Constitution led us to succeed. Our Constitution put limits on government and promoted independence. Theirs put faith in the state and made promises that no government could ever keep.
I do agree with Justice Ginsberg when she said, “If the people don’t care, the best constitution in the world won’t make any difference.” Likewise, if the politicians are corrupt, and if the people allow this corruption, not even our Constitution will make a difference.
Mike Hughes is a Navy veteran who lives in High Point. His column appears here every other Sunday. To comment, visit www.hpe.com and click on local commentary. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.