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Mitt Romney, tonight:

"Each step of the way, I learned a little more about what it is that makes our American system so powerful. You can't learn that teaching constitutional law at University of Chicago!"...You can't even learn that as a community organizer.
You can't??? Notwithstanding that the University of Chicago, and in particular the law school, is the academic hub of the laissez-faire approach to the economy and governance that Romney is preaching, I think you can learn an awful lot about what makes our American system so powerful, when you're teaching constitutional law to some of the brightest law students in the country.

Some of us actually believe the Constitution is the foundation of this American system that has Romney so excited. He speaks of freedom, but where does that concept enter the American experience? It wasn't during the monarchy years. It was the Constitution that put limits on governmental power and guaranteed numerous freedoms for the country's citizens. I think studying and teaching constitutional law is the best way to learn about what makes the American system so powerful.

Romney says the President is conducting an "assault on freedom." I think Romney has the President confused with all those Republicans who are trying to prevent gays from marrying, from allowing women to get insurance coverage for contraception and reproductive health issues, and to stick wands up their vaginal canal if they see a doctor about the possibiilty of an abortion. Perhaps they need refreshers on the Constitution and the freedoms it is supposed to guarantee.

What makes the American system so powerful isn't a slavish worship of corporate capitalism. It is our experiment in representative democracy, in the rule of law, and in a written Constitution which set out the powers of the government and the limits of government, ensuring the rights of the individual. It's a social contract that dedicates us to "promote the general welfare", as well as securing the blessings of liberty.

That's something you can learn as a community organizer, too. America doesn't exist only in the corporate boardroom, or even the garages of those who can afford garages in which to tinker and invent. It exists in the bosom of all those who struggle to make a living and a life for themselves and who struggle to protect the rights of the downtrodden. That's how America got started, after all. Community organizers who called themselves the Sons of Liberty, who rallied ALL the people to a cause of social justice. And, it's been an inspiration to people all across the globe. That's the source of our "power."You'll find it outlined in the Declaration of Independence, and codified in the Constitution.

You ought to know that, Mitt. You went to the same law school as Barack Obama.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you: Armisticeproject.org

    by FischFry on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 10:07:45 PM PDT

  •  Well said!!!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Ladig, LSF

    "We love this goddman country and we're taking it back!" Saul Alinsky

    by mindara on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 10:17:14 PM PDT

  •  Mitt and his ilk love the Constitution... (3+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Ladig, a2nite, LSF

    only when it suits their political designs.

    That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 10:25:00 PM PDT

  •  As President you learn a lot! (1+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Ladig

    Four years of Presidential experience count for something don't they Mitt?  Or just want to ignore that bit of his resume?

  •  To the radical GOP right the Constitution (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    is an impediment to them. They'll use it when they can, subvert it when it's in their way. Misrepresent it when it suits them. Undermine those parts that get in the way of their authoritarian oligarchic theocracy.

    Hm, sound like the way they use the Bible.

    During the Reagan administration I recall a push for a Constitutional Convention to "solve" all the problems. Thank the America of the time didn't let that happen.

    Checks and balances? Who needs them when you are the decider? They need to take away any power from those pesky people why say they shouldn't do what they want despite what the laws say (especially when they are one of the elect, and rich, and thus a better person than the suckers below).

    I cry for my beloved country and the danger it is in.

    "When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?"--Eleanor Roosevelt

    by KJC MD on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 12:20:14 AM PDT

  •  I don't think we should bring up the Constitution (0+ / 0-)

    given that Obama says he can have anyone summarily executed, American and foreigner alike, without needing to provide the slightest justification or explanation to anyone.

    I guess that he hasn't taught constitutional law for so long that he's forgotten what the Fifth Amendment states.

    And I'm not sure that the US Constitution has "been an inspiration to people all across the globe", but it certainly isn't any more, given that the last two administrations have trampled all over it.

    •  Obama said this? (0+ / 0-)
      I don't think we should bring up the Constitution(0+ / 0-)

      given that Obama says he can have anyone summarily executed, American and foreigner alike, without needing to provide the slightest justification or explanation to anyone.

      Obama said this? He opened his mouth and let these words pour forth? He actually said, "I can have anyone summarily executed, American and foreigner alike, without needing to provide the slightst justification or explanation to anyone because I'm the president, goddamnit!" He said these words? Sheesh. And they keep calling this guy week and effeminate, no less. Seems to have pretty iron balls to me.
  •  I guess being the President of United States (0+ / 0-)

    for three years doesn't count for anything.

    "Drudge: soundslike sludge, islike sewage."
    (-7.25, -6.72)

    by gougef on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 04:56:29 AM PDT

  •  "I know more because (0+ / 0-)

    I have more money that you."

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 08:44:07 AM PDT

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