If more people bothered to actually read this document...they would discover
the unlimited powers it provided to government. Beginning with a preamble
setting forth the purposes of the Constitution being "to form a more perfect
Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the
common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of
Liberty," the document proceeds to set forth how such purposes are to be
Article I, Sec. 8 informs us that "Congress shall have Power to lay and
collect Taxes, . . . to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and
general Welfare of the United States. . . ." Later on, we discover that
Congress also has the power "To make all Laws which shall be necessary and
proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other
Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States,
or in any Department or Officer thereof." Standing by themselves, these
words would provide the most ambitious tyrant with the only grant of
authority that would ever be needed to carry out his or her desired
purposes. As Lord Macaulay so well expressed it, "Your Constitution is all
sail and no anchor."
One of Ms. Kagan's college professors has stated that "she's a woman whose .
. . deepest dedication is to the constitution of the United States." There
is nothing startling in all of this: one can find in this document all the
power needed for putting together any political program.