Seidman's Senseless Scheme of Constitutional Disobedience

analytical Essay
1060 words
1060 words

A “Financial Crisis”, an “Economic disaster on a scale few nations have ever experienced”(1), the “Great Recession”, the “Lesser Depression”, the “Long Recession”, the “Global Recession of 2009”(2) and the “Financial Implosion”(3) are all expressions used to describe the economic situation the United States found itself in 2012. Louis Michael Seidman, a Harvard graduate and Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitution Law at Georgetown University Law Center, referred to it as “fiscal chaos”. It is Professor Seidman’s belief that the cause of this great chaos is the “archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions” of the Constitution. Seidman wrote an article in the New York Times entitled, “Let’s give up on the Constitution”, and argues, due to his personal philosophy, that the Constitution should be abandoned. (4) Seidman fails to acknowledge poor fiscal banking policy, lending to non-qualified borrowers, government bailout of private corporations or perhaps the repeal of the Glass Steagall Banking Act (5) as the sources contributing to the financial crisis. Instead, he places the entire blame on the founding fathers. In spite of Seidman’s ridiculous quibbles, the Constitution should be up held to maintain both the solidity and freedom the United States offers its citizens.

Seidman uses a senseless scheme of “constitutional disobedience” as the footing for his beliefs. (4) He misinterprets history to try and prove his erroneous theory that “the Constitution itself was born of constitutional disobedience.” For example, the Constitution Law Professor purports his assessment of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words as fact when he said, “Franklin D. Roosevelt professed devotion to the document, but as a statement of aspir...

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6. "Franklin D. Roosevelt: Address on Constitution Day, Washington, D.C." Franklin D. Roosevelt: Address on Constitution Day, Washington, D.C. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2014. .

7. "Let’s Give Up on Professor Louis Michael Seidman." RedState. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. .

8. "Megyn Kelly Grills NY Times Op-Ed Author Who Wrote That U.S. Should 'Give Up' On Constitution." YouTube. YouTube, 04 Jan. 2013. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. .

9. "CBS Anti-Constitution Network." Greg Hunters USAWatchdog. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. .

In this essay, the author

  • Argues that the constitution should be upheld to maintain both the solidity and freedom the united states offers its citizens.
  • Analyzes how seidman misinterprets history to prove his erroneous theory that the constitution itself was born of constitutional disobedience.
  • Analyzes how seidman misplaces jefferson's respect for and desires to uphold the constitution.
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