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Sep 25, 2010



The experience of the former colonies with the Articles of Confederation led them to conclude in just a few short years that it was unworkable, and that a new founding document -- the Constitution -- was required to forge a nation, and not a league. The framers of the Constitution gave the federal government the powers necessary to make it work.

Tom Emmer thinks that the federal government is the "agent" of the states, but that is profoundly foolish, not to mention inaccurate.

Conservatives love to talk about the Declaration of Independence as a founding document, but today, is has no force of law. When Jefferson wrote "endowed by their Creator" language, he was writing to George III, who believed in the divine right of kings, so it's silly to read too much into it.

But in any event, the Constitution is devoid of any reference to natural law. The word "God" isn't in it; I invite you to look:


The Constitution is pure positive law, meaning the act of people, not deities.

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