Seidman penned an editorial for The New York Times, suggesting that the U.S. “system of government is broken” and he fingers the culprit—“our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.”
Seidman has a new book out, so it’s not surprising he’s penning an explosive piece designed to draw attention and the NYT, fountain of neoliberal punditry, is the perfect medium.
Seidman attempts to build an argument for dismissing the Constitution, but his argument implodes. He may be a distinguished professor, but as we all know, multiple degrees from Ivy League ideology mills don’t necessarily confer common sense.
He’s sarcastic about “what James Madison might have wanted done 225 years ago,” but Seidman uses multiple examples of what was done in past centuries to advance his own argument.
Seidman does want to keep limits on federal powers put in place by the Bill of Rights, and he cites “equal protection of the laws and protections against government deprivation of life, liberty or property” as important.
We currently have a president eagerly discriminating against a class of people based on what they earn each year. Our president also completely dismissed the First Amendment by kowtowing to radical Islamists. Those matters don’t concern Seidman. After all, he defended the unconstitutional mandate in the ObamaCare Tax Bill.
What’s bothering Seidman, other than a likely capitalistic urge to market his new book, is the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Seidman ranted because the Constitution “requires that revenue measures originate in the lower chamber.”
This rant suggests Seidman’s inner Democrat is demanding a voice because yes, that’s where revenue measures originate, but we must remind ourselves that President Barack Obama is obsessed with gouging upper middle class earners and Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is obsessed with bashing Republicans. Neither Obama nor Reid is eager to compromise with Republicans in the House. Fiscal cliff or not, Reid and Obama will likely get their hands on new tax money—they prefer to call it “revenue”—to fuel the spending Democrats crave like a drug addict craves a fix.
The Constitution is the document that binds the states together. Despite Seidman and other neoliberals’ angst, that document is the source for federal powers and limits on the same. Furthermore, presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Obama have routinely trashed the Constitution. We pay the price for such infractions every day.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Dec. 31, 2012