Constitutional cites, NYT and “fundamentalism”
The New York Times editorial board wasted little time in attempting to attack the new Republican led House in the way smug elitists usually do … by invoking “fundamentalism”. In this case the fundamentalism is an apparent attempt by a party to refocus the legislation it plans on debating and passing on the “fundamental” legal document of the land.
That just won’t do:
In any case, it is a presumptuous and self-righteous act, suggesting that they alone understand the true meaning of a text that the founders wisely left open to generations of reinterpretation.
Really? Is that what it means? If that were the case, I’d suggest no cite would be necessary – they’d simply do as Democrats have done for four years and pass whatever they wanted to with the implicit assumption that it is Constitutional. Frankly, I see the move as one that says exactly the opposite of what the editors of the Times claim. I see it as a bow to the fact that much of what has been passed lately has no relation to those powers granted Congress and the “assumption” that they do is simply unfounded. It is a check on the validity of the legislation before it ever arrives on the floor of the House.
So what is this nonsense from the Times then? Well it is an obvious attempt – at least to me – to lobby for business as usual because if the requirement to cite Constitutional authority for legislation were really honestly applied, I’d guess about 75% of the garbage that has been run through the place would never have been passed.
And notice the word they choose – not “interpretation”, but “reinterpretation”. We all know what interpretation means and it isn’t at all the same thing as reinterpretation. One implies clarifying the original intent of the document/law/writer. The other means making it up as you go along and as you see fit.
So it comes as no surprise that the NYT finds this “fundamentalism” both egregious and horribly inconvenient. ”My goodness … if they really do this why, ObamaCare and …oh my!”
Can’t have that can we?
Instead we get a catty editorial that takes cheap shots at everyone and raises the scare word of which the left is so fond.
The Republicans’ antics are a ghastly waste of time at a moment when the nation is expecting real leadership from Congress, and suggest that the new House leadership is still unable to make tough choices. Voters, no less than drama critics, prefer substance to overblown theatrics.
The same editorial board watched the previous Congress toss trillions of dollars up into the wind of a financial storm half of it to land who knows where and then ignore the critical employment concerns of the voters and the economic crisis in general in order to pass their ideological agenda and the Times takes issue, on the first day of the new Congress, with “Republican’s antics”?
Good lord I am tickled to death that someone woke the editorial board up in time to dash this bit trash off and throw it out there. Welcome back!
And here’s a poser for the board - why do you suppose the “nation is expecting real leadership from Congress” as you state?
Could it be because the last one exhibited none? They totally ignored the wishes of the American people to instead focus selfishly on their own legislative wants. Where was the NYT during those “antics”? Silent as a tomb.
You have to wonder if the thought ever entered the heads of the editorial writers that perhaps the “ghastly” waste of time these “antics” take is something the American people desperately want to see – a visible return to fundamentals, to reason, and to responsibility instead of the absurdity that was Congress for the past 4 years? Maybe these antics are a comforting demonstration that the incoming Congress “gets it” — something the NYT editorial board rarely achieves as this editorial demonstrates.
I think they might be surprised by an entirely different attitude outside the ivory tower about what they find to be “ghastly … overblown theatrics”.
But it is always nice to see the editors, who are clueless as usual, have retained their fighting edge when in comes to being petty, smug, dismissive and ignorant. Wouldn’t be the old Grey Lady if that wasn’t so.