A guy I used to know started commenting on my site here recently when he discovered that I protested my local representative, the leaden Leonard Boswell. In his comments here, he made mention of the Constitution, and brought up "all men are created equal." That renders him to be about as deep a scholar on matters Constitutional as our resident Super Genius in the White House.
The founders of the country wrote many pages in description of their beliefs, much of which are found in the Federalist Papers. There, Madison and Hamilton gave more definition around exactly how the government would be defined, articulating why they came to the conclusions and rationales that they did.
Unfortunately, most Americans never got a proper introduction to the concerns of freedom. Instead, they rely on a Cliff Notes understanding of the Constitution. Had he understood the Constitution, aside from quoting introductory lines of it, he would have grasped the importance of the 10th amendment, and how nationalized health care is an utter violation of it, and why that's vital. And even if he doesn't take the time to noodle that through today, there's a high chance that his children will acquaint him the ramifications of the concept later. Federalism is brilliant, and a terrific stop gap for when politicians think they're all that and a bag of health care.
For those of us who get it now, a writer for Politco warns politicians:
Spring forecast: Incivility with a chance of rage.It all depends on how much those clouds are seeded with an invested knowledge of the Constitution. The Super Genius and his ilk are about to discover that elephants have long memories.