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The Constitution: It's Aliiiiive!

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September 19, 2008

But just barely. Matt Stoller at OpenLeft writes:

Of course, the Constitution isn’t a quaint representation of some wonderful time of yore, it is a living document that must be refreshed from time to time with our willingness to recreate rights against an oppressive conservative movement aided by the quislings who shout for civil liberties but are unwilling to pay any price or even consider challenging their favorite politicians to add richness to their words.

[…]So we have to restore our civil liberties, using, as we saw in St Paul, our own words, actions, and bodies if necessary. That’s how every generation of Americans did it before us and it’s how we’ll do it again.
Our electoral process is a start. Letters to the editor and to Congress are a start. Blogging is a start. Ultimately, the massive forces arrayed against civil liberties, including the huge sums of money designed to suppress free speech and spy on all of us in the name of Bush’s war on terror, will need to be confronted with creativity, innovation, and resolve.

And that’s how we’ll restore the Constitution.

A restoration of the Constitution must begin with the re-establishment of the system of checks and balances that has served us so well for more than 200 years. As Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office wrote in Huffington Post today:

[…]In its first hundred days, the next administration should take at least three steps to restore the critical constitutional checks and balances citizens demand. First, our leaders should ensure there is no more warrantless spying; second, they should direct the attorney general and other relevant agency heads to end government monitoring of political activists who are not suspected of involvement in criminal activity; and, third, they should review the government’s terrorist watch lists so that the names on the lists are limited to those who would do us harm.

In other words, undo the damage done by the Bush/Cheney administration. And you can be sure the ACLU will be hounding the new administration from Day One.

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