Congress Needs Tutorial on the U.S. Constitution

From Human Events Online

Some federal employees are griping because a new law requires them to take a 25-minute tutorial on the U.S. Constitution. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., sponsored this law, along with a similar law requiring every public school to “hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on Sept. 17,” which is Constitution Day.

Byrd deserves our thanks for this great idea because most Americans, including public officials, are abysmally ignorant of the text and the meaning of our Constitution. The only thing the matter with his law is that he should have required a constitutional tutorial to be taken by judges and members of Congress.

If judges understood the Constitution, they would know that it gives government eminent-domain power to take your private property for “public use,” and judges have no power to change those words to “public purpose” and then define an increase in tax revenue as a public purpose. The Constitution provides an amendment process, but judges are not part of it.

If former U.S. Rep. John Anderson, R-Ill., and former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., understood the Constitution, they would realize the time-tested superiority of our method of electing U.S. presidents by the Electoral College. Its rationale and structure are the perfect mirror of the Great Compromise that made our Constitution possible: the combination of equal representation of states with representation based on population.

Only three institutions that I am aware of require a course on the US Constitution in their Bachelors degree programs (other than Legal programs). Of course those three institutions are the US Military Academies.  

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