Tom Corbett's comments during his speech at this weekend's Pennsylvania Leadership Conference has left many conservatives around the state scratching their heads. Some are flat out suggesting that Corbett is a liberal.
Many conservatives who attended the conference and heard the speech were not impressed with Corbett and by far the most controversial part of his speech was when Corbett said "The Constitution is a living document". Something you might not want to say to a group of constitutional conservatives when you are running for Governor.
The view that the Constitution is a living document is the common view of liberal democrats who like to bend the original limited government intent of the Constitution in order to advance their big government/socialist agenda.
People who believe in a Living Constitution believe that the constitutional framers wrote the Constitution in broad and flexible terms to create such a dynamic, "living" document. Constitutional conservatives believe that the Constitution should only be changed through the amendment process.
According to Wikipedia a prominent endorsement of the Living Constitution concept was heard in the 2000 presidential campaign by the Democratic candidate, Al Gore. One of most vocal critics of the Living Document view of the Constitution is Supreme Court Justice Scalia.
So Tom Corbett agrees with Al Gore when it comes to Constitutional interpretation. A very scary thought considering Corbett is the Pennsylvania Republican Party's endorsed candidate for Governor. Republican voters across the state desperately need to give Sam Rohrer a serious look if we really want to take back our state government.
by Randy Potter
The Constitution is an "Amendable Document", not a "Living Document".
Americans should oppose a so called "living constitution", which is a term of art for "Amendment by Usurpation".
[QUICK ENGLISH LESSON, Definition - Usurpation - an unjust seize of power.]
Americans should support what George Washington said in his -1796 Farewell Address -
"If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit, which the use can at any time yield."
Article 5 of the constitution specifies how to amend the Constitution.
We have amended the US Constitution 27 times, usually for the better.
QUICK HISTORY LESSON, the word usurpation was used 3 times in the Declaration of Independence. - "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism ... The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. ... We ...have conjured them ... to disavow these usurpations".
Please SUPPORT SAM ROHRER, The Constitutional Republican Candidate for Governor - http://www.samrohrer.org/
Frank Huchrowski, North Versailles PA
Sent: Sun, Apr 18, 2010 12:44 pm
Subject: [NationalPrecinctActivists-Pa] Corbett says "Constitution is a living document" at Pa Leadership Conference Sat
There was an amazing climax to the Pa Leadership Conference this weekend with Saturday afternoon speeches by our gubernatorial candidates Tom Corbett and Sam Rohrer.
No one could deny the room was clearly pro-Rohrer. The crowd gave wildly enthusiastic applause to the introduction of Sam, and interrupted his inspiring speech, which centered on the princples on which he would govern, with spirited applause and chants of "Go, Sam, Go!" Many in the crowd had the now-familiar blue and white campaign signs and raised them energetically throughout the speech.
This was in stark contrast not only to the reception Corbett got, but to the entire style and substance of Corbett's speech. Corbett sounded more like a politician, less interested in principles, and honestly, it was difficult to tell what he stood for at the end of the speech. Even with respect to his lawsuit filed against the federal government on behalf of Pennsylvania to protect our 10th Amendment rights in the healthcare bill, he did not energetically communicate his interest in defending these rights.
I am not trying to tell you what Mr. Corbett believes. I am telling you the way he sounded. Of course this is subjective; you will make your own determination.
Mr. Corbett did say that our "Constitution is a living document." I was so stunned to hear these words come out of the mouth of our attorney general that I don't even remember what he said after that. There was a stunned reaction in the room as conservatives looked at each other and said to themselves, "Did he really just say that??"
Perhaps he meant something other than what is usually meant when liberals say this. Did he? Why the choice of words? Words have meaning, and words have connotations. Surely the state committee-endorsed candidate knows this.
The most important takeaway, and perhaps the most important illustration during the entire weekend, is that SAM ROHRER CAN WIN THIS ELECTION. The Tea Party is envigorated and excited by what this candidate stands for, and they are coming out to vote for him on May 18.
But the 50 dollar question is: Will they step up and get out the vote for Sam? Will they be able to bring their neighbors out and vote for Sam, as well? Because that is what it is going to take. The Tea Party activists are not enough in numbers alone.
This is why the Precinct Project is so important.
The job of committee people is to know how to effectively get out the vote in their precincts. And it is the job of the county committee to make sure all committee people are trained in how to accomplish this and then have the means to do it.
Can we do it in May 2010? We will find out on May 19.
Pennsylvania Precinct Project
candidate, Republican State Committee