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An Appeal for Dictatorship
Comes Out of the Closet
at the New York Times

American Thinker, by Daniel Downes

Original Article

Posted By:magnante, 1/4/2013 9:36:14 AM

True to form, the New York Times saw out 2012 by publishing another apology for dictatorship. In his op-ed, Louis Michael Seidman -- Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University - argues that the Constitution should be abandoned. The suggestion is so preposterous that it is tempting to dismiss the article altogether, but to do so would be to miss some very revealing implications. The article is not so much a suggestion of constitutional reform as an open call for dictatorship. Seidman begins by blaming the current governmental crisis, incredibly, on "obedience to the Constitution,"

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/4/2013 9:40:17 AM     (No. 9098095)

If I owned a Law Firm, resumes from Georgetown graduates would be thrown in the wastebasket, unread.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 1/4/2013 9:41:37 AM     (No. 9098097)

More detritus from the same source that produced Sandra Fluke.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 1/4/2013 9:42:31 AM     (No. 9098099)

Our Congress and Judiciary are already treating Our Dear Reader as a King, so I guess this ´Professor´ wants to make it official...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pictish, 1/4/2013 9:43:28 AM     (No. 9098101)

This "professer", thinks our current POTUS is smarter than Monroe, Hamilton, Jefferson, and the rest! Wow! and he teaches this stuff to our future leaders!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: snakeoil, 1/4/2013 9:56:29 AM     (No. 9098128)

If you are a Professor of Constitutional Law, if the Constitution is dumped wouldn´t that leave you without a job?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 1/4/2013 9:57:00 AM     (No. 9098129)



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Reply 7 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 1/4/2013 10:03:13 AM     (No. 9098146)

It is stunning -even to those of us who have long since come to expect little from academia- to find that this man´s musings are what pass for legal scholarship and political wisdom in some quarters. That he holds a distinguished position at a famous school and is in a position to influence others is terrifying. For he does not even understand the nature and purpose of the United States Constitution - despite being credentialed as an expert on the subject! I would have difficulty believing this if he had not himself demonstrated it in his opinion piece. Here is a man who proposes eliminating the Constitution, or picking and choosing what to keep, who does not manifest so much as a glimmer of understanding as to what a constitution was ever deemed necessary to begin with. It is as though he is utterly unacquainted with the thousands of years of human history and political experience that were sifted and mined for the practical wisdom needed to found a self-sustaining republic. It is as though he knows nothing, absolutely nothing of the nature and behavior of human beings, their use and abuse of power, and the amply documented fates of governments elsewhere and in the past. This astonishing column rests upon a foundation of ignorance that, located in such a man and such an academic institution, can only be termed pathological. We are in even worse shape than I feared.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: steveW, 1/4/2013 10:06:36 AM     (No. 9098159)

It would be a good thing indeed if the reelection of Dear Leader emboldens "progressives" to come out of their closets. I´m all for it, and will cheer them on every time they admit who they really are and what they really want, as this totalitarian professor does. The problem dealing with them is not their beliefs per se, but that they are so very clever at disguising those beliefs with "fairness" "equal rights" and "helping people" rhetoric. Far better that they come clean and admit that the Constitution is the roadblock in the way of their socialist/communist plans, and that they want it dismantled.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Namma, 1/4/2013 10:07:21 AM     (No. 9098162)

pick p your belongs and your teaching credentials and move your azz to N.Korea...you will be very happy there...but not as happy as me to see you go

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/4/2013 10:19:24 AM     (No. 9098181)

Fine, the first thing that goes is your ´freedom of the press´ and your ´free speech´. Happy now?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mythman, 1/4/2013 10:25:20 AM     (No. 9098194)

#7 says it for me, but infinitely better than I could. This G-Town clown must be related to the Princeton clown who is pushing euthanasia. They, and others like them, should be immediately dropped into some 3rd world hellhole and left to find their own ways out.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 1/4/2013 10:27:36 AM     (No. 9098201)

Good old Catholic Georgetown Un. diversity at it´s best?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Bobn.t, 1/4/2013 10:32:48 AM     (No. 9098219)

See what´s happening to Amerika?
See what Amerika is becoming?


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Reply 14 - Posted by: curious1, 1/4/2013 10:32:55 AM     (No. 9098221)

#7, you´re describing most LPs to a Tee - as they have been like this for the past 60+ years. They just knew enough to not broadcast their seditious beliefs until they ´felt´ they had a secure upper-hand.
Just because they´re misinformed doesn´t make them any less a domestic enemy of the constitution, however. And that crowd is the most murderous on the face of this planet. Beware.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: toddh, 1/4/2013 10:35:15 AM     (No. 9098230)

The President of the United States was also a lecturer on Constitutional law. It is a strange form of illiteracy, to be able to pronounce words but know none of their meanings.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: msjena, 1/4/2013 10:37:37 AM     (No. 9098234)

The Constitution is the basis of due process and equality under the law. How would Professor Seidman guarantee things like fair trials, voting rights for blacks and women and non-discrimination by the government without the Constitution? What if "the people" objected to free speech or a free press? What would stop the government from censorship? I actually have met Professor Seidman--when he was much younger. He was always carrying ideas to their logical extremes. But this is just crazy. Maybe he has lost it.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/4/2013 10:39:25 AM     (No. 9098239)

Obviously this constitutional law professor would only be happy with a government dictatorship operated by the liberal Democrats or progressives or whatever they should properly be called, and certainly not by politicians resembling Republicans or conservatives.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: snapper451, 1/4/2013 10:45:14 AM     (No. 9098252)

We are clearly in a Constitutional Crisis in America. We have a President who supposedly took and oath, and will do so again January 20 and 21 of this year, to uphold the Constitution of the United States. However, he is clearly not doing so. His near term plans to confiscate guns will be a brazen attempt to undermine the 2nd amendment. The Senate has violated the constitution by not passing a budget. We can not let these actions continue and must take immediate actions to overcome this crisis.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Davids918, 1/4/2013 10:49:02 AM     (No. 9098265)

Will the Republicans in Congress attach this notion to the Democrat Party?

It is what many in the Democrat estabishment think, and believe, after all.

Would they state, "many prominent Democrats want to scrap the U.S. Constitution, and replace it with something else. Really? Starting to believe the Democrat party doesn´t like America, or believe in America. After all, our current president always talks about the need to change America, so I guess they think it´s not a very good place to be since they feel the need to change it. But, to what type of government, or country do they point to for guidance? Is this the Democrat party you remember?"

Leave it at that. Put the notion out there, and keep repeating the theme.

It will start to seep into those who vote Democrat but aren´t looking to change America like those Ivory tower elites.
It might even start to sink into the underclass the Democrat party relies on (those mostly in inner-cities) that they´re being left-behind, on purpose, and used with little hope of climbing up the ladder.


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Reply 20 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/4/2013 10:54:58 AM     (No. 9098279)

This is precisely why the Second Ammendment to the Constitution includes these words: "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

We have to protect ourselves from these Marxist Morons as well as the coming Islamic takeover!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/4/2013 10:57:16 AM     (No. 9098286)

Pray that as internet institutions of learning begin producing productive graduates who are actually capable of literate communication and linear logic, the Ivy’s will begin their inevitable slide into disrepute as houses of overpriced substandard education , known only for producing unemployable self-righteous insufferable snobs.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: strikingviking, 1/4/2013 11:03:02 AM     (No. 9098305)

Our Constitution established a Democratic Republic with an ingenious web of checks and balances to keep Federal power in check.

This form of government is anathema to the Fascists in our country who crave a powerful Leader to wield power without restraints.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Clinger, 1/4/2013 11:06:27 AM     (No. 9098317)

This is the conflict we are in and it´s high time to recognize it. We are not just in a struggle between different opinions regarding the constitution, but in a far more fundamental conflict between the belief in the power of the common people´s self government and statism.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: JonR, 1/4/2013 11:16:16 AM     (No. 9098340)

We, the People have allowed the progressives/communists to gain control of academia and the government through apathy and political correctness. (PC a euphemism for willful blindness) If at the end of the day we allow them to disarm us, that will be the end of the Constitution and freedom in this country! We still have a choice but it is slowly but surely being taken away from us! The last choice will be to either live on your knees or die on your feet!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: geoguy, 1/4/2013 11:16:56 AM     (No. 9098342)

Didn´t Zippy our Harvard/Columbia educated president teach Constitutional law at Chicago University?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Fat Elvis, 1/4/2013 12:36:48 PM     (No. 9098472)

This is not exactly surprising. The Left say they are disappointed in Obama, not because he has pursued socialistic policies, but because he has not pursued them aggressively enough. Let´s remember that filmmaker Woody Allen was as incensed as anyone on the left over the polices of GW Bush, and thought he was the worst leader since Hitler, but thought it would be okay if Barack Obama was granted dictatorial powers for "awhile" until he could get the country under control.
This is why the people of this country need the military grade weapons the left fears so much. It is our duty to resist this impending tyranny.
DO NOT DISARM. DO NOT REGISTER YOUR WEAPONS. DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE FINGERPRINTED LIKE A COMMON CRIMINAL.
RESIST!!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/4/2013 1:40:01 PM     (No. 9098562)

He´s just exercising his constitutional First Amendment right...
to be a Shi´ite.


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Reply 28 - Posted by: kono, 1/4/2013 2:08:07 PM     (No. 9098620)

Maybe someone can spread a convincing rumor abroad that the NYTimes editorial board burned a Koran last week.....

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Reply 29 - Posted by: schnapps, 1/4/2013 2:54:00 PM     (No. 9098691)

I´ve read and admire Jefferson, Madison and Franklin, but who is this Seidman fellow and why should we care what he writes?


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Reply 30 - Posted by: typhoon, 1/4/2013 6:49:16 PM     (No. 9099105)

We have no rights unless we have the courage to fight for our rights. If we don´t have the courage to fight, those who want to enslave us will do so. If you are afraid to pull a trigger in defense of your rights, just put you hands behind you back and take what comes.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 1/5/2013 8:43:43 AM     (No. 9099854)

Leftists are like the pre-Reformation church: once you are an approved member you can say and do almost anything without fear of sanction. In addition, the church will persecute anyone who speaks against you.

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