Watching people struggle over the meaning of the Constitution this Fourth of July is something I enjoy. Ask peopleIf you had the power to change the Constitution what would it be?
“The forefathers knew what they were doing,” said one woman.
However, the Constitution initially accepted slavery. It is good that it can be amended.
What should we do?
“Add a balanced budget amendment,” suggests Glenn Beck.
David Boaz from the Cato Institute advocates 18-year terms on the Supreme Court. “Maybe confirmation fights would be less bitter and partisan.”
Some others suggest term limits to Congress. Stossel TV’s Mike Ricci extends the concept. “If your father, mother, siblings, uncle, cousins were elected to federal office, you can’t be.” That would curb Kennedy/Bush-like dynasties.
Many people stated that they wanted to abolish the Commerce Clause. It gives government virtually unlimited power over the economy, complains tech journalist Naomi Brockwell, “forcing people to participate in federal pension programs … enabling the War on Drugs.”
Some are calling for an amendment that would stop Washington’s growth in regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. Economist Don Boudreaux calls them “a grave threat to Americans’ liberties and prosperity.”
Last week, the Supreme Court made a modest step to restrain their power when it ruled that EPA bureaucrats cannot set emissions rules by themselves. That decision must be adopted by Congress.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif) proposes to overturn the Constitution Citizens United. He says that would stop those who “spend millions of dollars corrupting elections (and) would return our democracy to the town halls and citizen involvement that our founders envisioned.”
That I don’t believe. The power of insiders is increased by the imposition of limits on political speech
Christina Martin, Pacific Legal Foundation, wishes that the Constitution would do more to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals. “How about a right to earn a living? How about a right to not have the government steal from you?”
However, some youth told us that they would like to abolish rights in the Constitution such as free speech.
“Being able to speak your mind is important,” said one, “as long as it’s not in a way that is going to be long-term harmful to people.”
Ouch. Ouch. He will have the right to remove my videos.
Additionally, the Bill of Rights includes the right of bear arms. Babylon Bee’s Kyle Mann would add some lines to clarify that “you can’t pass laws restricting ownership of firearms.”
Other people want to abolish the Second Amendment. “We have police officers. We have a military,” said one woman in Times Square. “So do we really need them? No.”
It’s a good thing that someone corrected her. “The only reason we stand on freedom is because we got the right to bear arms!” he says. “(Because of the Second Amendment) We’re all a micro government in our own way.”
We are all “micro governments?” I like that.
The Goldwater Institute’s Tim and Christina Sandefur would add “protections against the abuse of eminent domain” and “ban subsidies to special interests.”
Changes that limit the power of government are what I enjoy, so I am curious: What made government become so powerful after the Constitution was designed to restrict government’s power?
Michael Malice of the Podcast says this is because people ignore the Constitution.
“The First Amendment says the right of people to peaceably assemble shall not be infringed, (but) not even libertarians bothered to invoke that to fight the lockdowns and quarantining.” Malice is an anarchist who says he’d put the Constitution “in the trash, where it belongs.”
We disagree. So did most people we asked.
“Our founders wrote documents … designed to give you life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” says podcaster Dave Rubin. “Perhaps they should’ve done it in bold so more people would’ve paid attention.”
They should. My short videos are my attempt to let young people know that our Constitution limits government power and that rights belong to individuals. The majority of people simply do not know this.