Beware self-proclaimed Constitutionalists

Recently I’ve noticed I tend to get wary of anybody who portrays themselves or their position as being “constitutional”. People claims they’re trying to defend the constitution, or that the constitution is the law of the land. The problem is that most of these people either haven’t read it or misunderstand what it is.

A constitution is merely “a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed.” That’s it. It’s not a holy writ, nor is it above reproach. All it does is put the basic framework for our government in place. It is not the law of the land, because that title belongs to the U.S. Code. It is not perfect, because we’ve had to amend it 27 times.

Most people throw the constitution into the conversation as something you’re not allowed to assail so they don’t actually have to defend their position. They treat the constitution like a sacred text. They rarely if ever actually cite anything specific. Claims of unconstitutional behavior are almost always supported by cherry-picked quotes or ignoring amendments that contradict them. I’d bet five bucks that 90% of them don’t have a clue what a constitution’s actual function is.

Here’s an example/test: if you’re even around somebody that claims their actions are an effort to “defend the constitution”, ask them specifically what they mean or what section of the constitution is under attack and/or how. You could knock me over with a feather if you get lucid, informed response.

I’ve served in the military and I love the ideal that this nation is supposed to be, but you should be extremely wary of any ideologue, even when they drape themselves in the American flag. There’s a reason the analogy of a wolf in sheep’s clothing has endured for centuries- because there’s wisdom in it.

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