These days, a great deal of self-described “conservatives” speak of the U.S. Constitution as if it is not simply being violated, but forgotten by a left-leaning political class. Less than a decade ago, it was “liberals” or, as they sometimes call themselves, “progressives” who were concerned that a right-of-center government was trampling their civil rights and liberties.
Needless to mention, when one side claims that the Constitution is being violated, the other becomes indifferent or sometimes even mocking. It should be obvious that the side more likely to claim that constitutional abuses abound is typically the one out of power at some level.
Such an environment can make it exceedingly difficult to determine how and when real breaches of constitutional power take place. Perhaps the only political group generally consistent in their claims is the libertarians. When was the last time they had enough seats on Capitol Hill to form a congressional majority, though?
One man claims that the best way to deal with this madness is by scrapping the idea of steadfast adherence to the Constitution altogether. Louis Michael Seidman is a professor of law at Georgetown University. Last year, his book On Constitutional Disobedience made serious waves.
Its title really does explain why that was.
Professor Seidman joins us for a frank discussion about his legal philosophy on the next episode of Cotto & Company; a new thirty-minute-or-so online radio program featuring independent voices who shape our society. Regardless of partisan registration, political philosophy, or personal worldview, the goal is sharing diverse, and often innovative, ideas that we all can learn from.
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As with my work as a Communities Digital News journalist and nationally syndicated columnist, I hope to bring about deeper understanding of the issues which impact our society. Even if we don’t always agree, we should be able to see eye to eye.
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