Is Obama's Constitution Strong Enough?

He stirs the crowds, but when will he tell them about their lost liberties?

Senator Clinton, says Fein, has refused to sign this pledge. In fact, the only candidate to do so thus far has been Representative Ron Paul, the insistently singular Texas libertarian.

Barack Obama used to teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and in his chapter on the Constitution in The Audacity of Hope, he emphasizes that "if there was one impulse shared by all the Founders, it was a rejection of all forms of absolute authority, whether the king, the theocrat, the general, the oligarch, the dictator, the majority. . . . George Washington declined the crown because of this impulse. . . . "

Is Obama ready to commit himself to bringing that "impulse" back to our government? Although he insists that his candidacy will be an engine of change, to paraphrase Duke Ellington, it won't mean a thing if ain't got that constitutional swing. He quotes Martin Luther King on "the fierce urgency of now": Show that where it most counts, Barack.

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