We need a 'constitutional audit'

Experts should determine exactly what our government should be doing

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If you were lost, would you keep trudging on in the same direction -- or would you consult your map and read your directions?

America is lost.

Maybe we should pull out our map.

That the country is wandering in the wilderness is clear just from our willy-nilly, zigzag, harum-scarum, mortgage-the-farm-repeatedly Congress -- which is rated by Gallup as the worst in recorded memory, and for good reason. Those in power don't seem to know what form of government we have, and therefore what the limit of their power and authority is.

Or, ominously, where the limit of our patience is.

The health-care reform bill is but one example, albeit the most egregious. It has created what amounts to a constitutional crisis, with nearly half the states finding it necessary to call on the courts to rein in an out-of-control federal government. But again, this is just one example out of many.

Nor is it merely the legislative branch that is overgrown: With a complicit, bended-knee Democratic leadership in Congress, the executive branch has sprouted odiferous little buds of unchecked power -- as best exemplified by the explosion of bureaucratic regulation and powerful, unaccountable "czars" that are being allowed to exist outside the constitutional framework that was intended to give the Senate oversight on such appointments.

This constitutional crisis, not the economic one, is the story of our time. Our financial fortunes will ebb and flow, but once lost, our fundamental rights as Americans can scarcely be regained.

Our government is hopelessly lost. It's time to check the map: the Constitution.

This newspaper is calling on constitutional experts to form a team to perform what amounts to a "constitutional audit" of the federal government.

We need a panel of scholars to examine the federal leviathan -- its agencies, its czars, its pronouncements and all its meanderings into American life -- and determine how much of it all is truly authorized by our founding document.

This is far more than an academic exercise. It's tantamount to having engineers come out to see whether you are building your house properly above the foundation -- or if you're building off it, in the shifting sand.

The poured concrete of the Constitution, far from being taffy that can be pulled in any direction like the "living document" some like to call it, is the bedrock upon which the greatest nation on Earth arose. It wasn't Americans' DNA that made America great; we're not born superior to others around the world. It all comes back to the founding principles we once lived by.

"The future of liberty depends on reclaiming America's first principles," says the Heritage Foundation, in its Leadership for America "First Principles" project -- which warns of "an ever-expanding and centralized government, unmoored from constitutional limits.

"We must restore the principles of America's Founders to their proper role in the public and political discourse, influencing public policy and reforming government to reflect constitutional limits. ... (O)ur vision ... must now be to save America by reclaiming its truths and its promises and conserving its liberating principles for ourselves and our posterity."

In our view, that quest should begin with a constitutional audit -- a top-to-bottom inspection to find out where the federal government has stepped off its constitutional foundation.

It will then be up to us to get it back where it belongs. Otherwise, we will have a make-it-up-as-we-go-along federal government -- and soon, neither we nor the world will recognize this country.

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effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 12/19/10 - 01:53 pm
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SWG08: so your strategy is

SWG08: so your strategy is "Your guy's more ignorant than my guy," or gal, as the case may be. What a great country we live in today, arguing over which of the leaders of the two (three?) major parties are the most ignorant! Am I supposed to be relieved that your idiots, Beck and Palin, don't hold elective office? I'm not. In fact, either of them is far more dangerous that Obama, who is rarely if ever completely free to say what he really thinks. Beck and Palin have platforms from which to pontificate which do not balance the freedom they have to speak with much of any responsibility for what they actually say. They are classic demagogues agitating the ignorant masses into a slathering political frenzy. 2012, here we come!

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RoadKing09 12/19/10 - 02:34 pm
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eel, you are right , the

eel, you are right , the world is wrong. Ha ha

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 12/19/10 - 02:49 pm
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Nice job, RK09, another

Nice job, RK09, another hard-hitting, incisive, deeply considered, well argued response from the Right. You sure got me this time! I can see you are a man to be reckoned with, a real man, a real red-blooded American. I can tell from the bike!

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Mad Hatter 12/19/10 - 08:49 pm
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It means that the militia

It means that the militia necessary to a free nation and should be well regulated, and that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. I thought it was pretty straight forward. It looks like you got the gist of it. I'm not sure why you felt it was necessary to be so condescending and sarcastic, buy hey....you are what you are.

Now....provide evidence that Beck and Palin are the idiots you claim. Keep in mind that you shouldn't use standards that make your own heroes idiots as well.

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lashnjo 12/20/10 - 02:19 am
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Well, I assume that everyone

Well, I assume that everyone agrees that the Augusta Chronicle's editorial staff didn't learn about checks and balances in high school. I am going to go go cuddle with a panda now. -cuddle- Ok, I am back. Why did this thread turn into a conversion about Sarah Palin, Obama, Bush and Bill Clinton? Are these some of the people that would be on the audit committee? That would be fun to watch.
Palin : "I can see Russia from my house"!
Clinton : "I wish I could see your *** from my house."
-Bush and Obama aren't anywhere to be seen because they are both getting high together. They formed a tense but accepting relationship once they both realized that trickle down economics and the bail out were both for the same purpose and have the same side effect: huge deficits.-

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Mad Hatter 12/20/10 - 05:28 am
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lashnjo......are you aware

lashnjo......are you aware that Palin never said "I can see Russia from my house" or do you just like to keep spreading that lie?

lashnjo
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lashnjo 12/20/10 - 12:35 pm
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I know she never said that.

I know she never said that. Just like Bill Clinton never said the second line. Both were jokes. Lightin' up.

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