Saving Our Constitution
As Gus notes, he and I are participating in a Teach-In here on campus on Friday. I thought I would provide a link to the poster for the event:
In addition, here is the mission statement of"Save Our Constitution":
We are deeply concerned about the assaults on the U.S. Constitution, a document animated by the highest ideals of human freedom. The Constitution has survived a Civil War, two World Wars, and the Cold War. In war and in peace, generations of Americans of all backgrounds have struggled (and in many cases died) to defend it, improve it, and extend its protections to all.
Although September 11, 2001 was a traumatic event, we do not want future historians to say that the events of that day sparked the end of constitutional democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law in this country. In the interest of avoiding such an outcome, we feel a profound call to stand up now and strengthen our defense of democratic principles. To this end we are organizing teach-ins and other events to alert the public to these threats and to facilitate discussion about how to save our Constitution at a time when it is under unprecedented attack.
My talk is not in as polished a form as Gus's is, but I'll try to post a summary or the Word document sometime tomorrow.
I will add that the degree of collaboration of faculty, staff, and students with varying politics in this project has been very nice to see.
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Steven Horwitz - 11/2/2006
Will do Roderick. He has a pretty active blog: http://www.helpychalk.blogspot.com/
He's been good to have around the last few years. Unfortunately, I don't think we can keep him past this year.
Roderick T. Long - 11/1/2006
Say hi to Rob Loftis for me!
David Octavius - 11/1/2006
I believe in this day and age where government is stronger than anytime in our history, the constitutional protection of liberty is not enough because it requires government to check itself in order for it to work.
We have seen the last five years its not the case, in fact it takes advantage and increases its power in the name of "national security". So there must be an outside check on their powers (while still preserving liberty) and that check is democracy.
I argue for the constitutional protection of democracy and since the present document does not protect it, then what I am proposing is a new constitution.
My site http://DavidOctavius.com expands on that discourse, please feel free to read it and let me know your thoughts.