Background: A strict Constitutional interpretation means doing only exactly what the Constitution specifically authorizes and absolutely nothing else regardless of what’s going on now, whereas a loose constitutional interpretation permits one to “interpret” the meaning of a provision in the context of new or developing facts and circumstances. Most Conservative Republicans and just about all Tea-Party members argue for a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution contending that the best government is the least government especially as regards economic freedom and property rights, but not in foreign affairs where a big powerful military is necessary or in moral matters like abortion, embryonic stem cell research, or gay marriage which must be prohibited. In contrast, many Liberal Democrats suggest that the federal government should oversee and regulate the many and varied aspects of modern day life to ensure socio-economic rights, personal freedoms, and liberties or else the people will suffer, especially at the hands of big business or groups that seek to impose their own moral beliefs on everybody. Liberals also generally oppose an American world-wide military presence.
- Americans can look after themselves especially if there is never any gun control–they do not need a federal Big Brother who “taxes and spends” in order to snoop around the States and double-check everything, except that we must secure our borders against illegal immigrants and Islamic terrorists. Furthermore, government programs simply encourage people to become lazy and dependent instead of strong and self-reliant.
- We must neither tax our wealthiest citizens or corporations in order to permit their financial successes in a free market system to “trickle down” to the rest of the people at the bottom of the economic hierarchy, nor regulate big business which would then lose money in attempting to comply with expensive and burdensome health and safety regulations.
- There is no climate crisis, and anyway America has plenty of oil, gas, and coal resources which private industry should be perfectly free to exploit unhindered by any conservation or carbon-emission regulations.
- We must look to the greater welfare of the country–like with health care–to best ensure equal opportunity, and individual rights and personal freedoms for everybody instead of just safeguarding elites like big business or the military-industrial complex. A level playing field in which there is equal opportunity is very important.
- We need to tax everybody fairly in order to best secure through regulatory expenditures the blessings of liberty and equality for all of our citizens and thereby avoid inequity and injustice.
- The Founding Fathers drafted a Constitution which was appropriate for thirteen Sovereign States when the entire Eastern Seaboard was covered in a forest and the main perceived threats to the new country were wild animals and Native Americans–times have changed, and a fresh interpretation of the Constitution for a World Superpower with international hegemony on a technologically advanced planet is now mandated. Furthermore, the whole point of government is to help the people, not step back from helping, because government exists for the people.
~KS FEB ’11