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Back to School, Part III: Beck U Assures Us the Constitution Belongs to the People (Unless they’re Lefties, of Course)

Reported by Guest Blogger - July 27, 2010 -

Guest blogged by Margarita

Ah, Wednesday! Another class at that series of online seminars grandly known as Glenn Beck University! Last week's offering (7/21) was called "Charity 101," but it said nothing at all about Charity (not too surprising: Hope 101 offered nothing about Hope.) In the intro Glennzo explained that the federal government is teaching you that "they’ll be charitable in your name" which, he says, was not the way the Founding Fathers had meant it to be when they drew up the Constitution. Then, to clarify how the Fathers had meant it to be, he turned the podium over to James R. Stoner for a lecture entitled "Whose Constitution is it Anyway?"

Prof. Stoner, for a change, is a real academic; he teaches Political Science at Louisiana State University. He also has the right-wing credentials required for a GBU position, like some past public statements in favor of school prayer.

First off, Prof. Stoner addressed the question, Is the Constitution a Living Document? Well, yeah, he said: it was "living in the way that a tumor is living" because it had metastasized into something different from what it was meant to be. It should be living and growing in the sense that a child matures to become an adult. (Translation: the child grew up badly thanks to all us evil progressive commie liberals, and needs a good dose of reform school or something.)

Whose Constitution is it? Answer: The people's. Though, Prof. Stoner snarked, everyone thinks it belongs to the Supreme Court now. (Really? The idea that the Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution isn’t new - it goes back like 200 years.)

Prof. Stoner then went on to talk about federalism, and it was pretty much what we learned in US History class. The US was a federation of autonomous states who never really got together till the 1770s, when they wanted to express how pissed they were at King George. The original Constitution left most of the power in the hands of the states, except for a few limited big-picture powers like regulating trade, collecting taxes, and declaring war, which it assigned to the federal government. The states were responsible for the "daily" things, like criminal law, police, education. "There’s no federal law against murder" he said, nor a federal law of marriage - though, he added "that’s become an issue in the last few years." (Really? Is a federal ban on same-sex marriage going to get into the Constitution because the Tea Party wants it there? How ironic.)

Time went on, the complex republic became a "deomcracy" (Don’t blame me, gentle reader, that’s what it said on the slide - obviously they don’t teach English at GBU), but according to Prof. Stoner, the states remain naturally closer to the people, and the federal government has limited powers because it can’t really represent every interest. (Translation: the federal government has way too much power and that commie socialist Nazi Muslim in the White House is betraying the Constitution of the country he wasn’t even born in, by centralizing "daily" things like health care). Is this lecture a polite scholarly way of saying what Tom Tancredo says more viciously in this op-ed where he calls Obama an "enemy of the Constitution" and says he should be impeached?

Back to Faith tomorrow; more about the evangelical fervor of the Founding Fathers, no doubt.

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