Do things differently?
I'd do things differently by doing them the way they were intended to be done.
The COTUS is a fine document just as it's written. The interpretation and re-interpretation is the problem.
Many, many issues that are not appropriate for national level control or influence are under national control today. Incorporation against the states is a disaster. Finding ideas that aren't there is a disaster.
Start with the basis of the Revolution. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Now, the founders weren't perfect, they were a product of their times to a certain extent, after all, but they had this line right, if not the application.
"Men" is "HUman". We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all mankind is created equal.
Start there and apply the COTUS as it was meant to be applied, against the National government and not where it wasn't, the states.
Get rid of "reading between the lines" nonsense. It says what it says and doesn't say what it doesn't. Everything not there is left to the people and to the states.
The National government is an out of control monster. Far too big, far too powerful, far too influential, far too involved.
The entire COTUS is something like 8 (rather large) pages. What would it be on standard size paper? 20? 25 pages? How do we have a National government that passes laws of such breadth and force that they constitute THOUSANDS of pages?
How do we have like a dozen National level agencies that regulate salmon fishing? TSA, anyone? The Patriot Act? The Lacey Act? National laws against farmers selling "raw" milk to their neighbors? Federal investigators sent to investigate decedents of Hemingway's cats?
How would we do things differently? We'd start by NOT DOING a whole darn lot and by taking the document for what it SAYS!
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.
Last edited by Brian Pfleuger; January 3, 2013 at 02:52 PM.