Why forget the Constitution? Because it’s dead, says Kirkpatrick Sale. Not only do the Feds ignore or misinterpret it when convenient, the document itself is designed to mislead us toward creeping centralization:
Let’s look at some of the dangerous elements of the “real” Constitution.
It starts off with a phrase that, right there at the start, sounded alarm bells in those who, having experienced the powers of the individual states as sovereign states under the Articles of Confederation, saw that it was not to the states but to “we the people” that power would be given. “What right had they to say, ‘We,the people’,” cried Patrick Henry to the Virginia ratification convention, “instead of, We, the states?” He saw that the phrase gave power to an amorphous “people” whom the new government could define and use as it chose, bypassing and undercutting the states. If “the people” spoke through the Congress, it could willy-nilly ignore the individual states.
So as the power of the States is diminished, DC stands ready to usurp power. That’s why today we have an overgrown bureaucracy in DC micromanaging Americans’ daily lives, plotting wars and domestic reconstructing projects designed to weaken self-government and boost the power of the Federal government.
That’s why “restoring” the Constitution is useless and secession is the only viable option.