April 25, 2012

About the Constitution

It's time to share another survey. This one is from the Heritage Foundation asking for my money about my views on the Constitution. One of the great things about this survey is that it's online so I don't have to type the questions.


Do you believe it is important for the government to abide by the Constitution as it is written, or do you believe the Constitution needs to be reinterpreted to reflect current political and economic circumstances?
as it is written
needs to be reinterpreted
undecided

This is supposed to be a nation of laws and the Constitution is supposed to be the highest law in the nation. I believe it says what it means and it means what it says.

Do you think that every piece of federal legislation should cite which clause in the Constitution authorizes the legislation?
yes
no
undecided

At the very least it would force legislators to actually consider the Constitution. I'm sure they would engage in boat load of linguistic spin but paying lip service to the Constitution would be an improvement over completely disregarding it.

 
Do you think the federal government has taken on more power than the Constitution allows?
yes
no
undecided

I think "taken on more power than the Constitution allows" describes at a minimum 70% of what the federal government does.
 
Do you think the federal government has taken on powers that belong to the states?
yes
no
undecided

What power they haven't usurped from the individual they have taken from the states. Starting with, but certainly not limited to unfunded mandates.
 
The Commerce Clause of the Constitution gives the federal government the power "to regulate commerce…among the several states.” Do you believe this power includes requiring individual citizens to buy health insurance and targeting "green companies” for large government grants?
yes
no
undecided

Not just no but HELL NO! The government is working very hard to take over more and more of our lives and eliminate more and more of our liberty.
 
The Bill of Rights lays out what the federal government is forbidden to do to citizens, such as abridge our freedom of speech and religion. Do you agree with President Obama that it should also list what the government must do for citizens, such as provide education and jobs?
yes
no
undecided

I think the government should not be doing very much of anything other than protecting us militarily, enforcing just laws, and being our agent dealing with foreign countries.
 
Listed below are the federal cabinet-level departments. Which do you think might have no mandate in the Constitution? (You may check more than one.)
State
Education
Agriculture
Defense
Energy
Housing and Urban Development
Justice
Commerce
Transportation
Treasury
Labor
Veterans Affairs
Interior
Homeland Security
Health and Human Services
 
Do you think it is important for children to study the Constitution in school?
yes
no
undecided

I think they should study the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence every year.

 
Do you believe most elected officials understand the Constitution?
yes
no
undecided

If they did, they wouldn't do three quarters of the stuff they do.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at 07:58 PM | Comments (1) | Add Comment


1 "... federal legislation should cite which clause in the Constitution authorizes the legislation?"
That wouldn't slow them down any.  They'd just cite "Commerce Clause" and let the Supreme Court deal with it - the way it's done now.
"... that it should also list what the government must do for citizens..."
There's a darn good reason the Founders didn't list the "must do"s - and I think they even talked about that in the Federalist Papers.  If you list all the "must do"s, you can say, OK, it's not o the List, so it's outlawed.

Posted by: ZZMike at May 19, 2012 02:54 PM (q2gD3)

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