IN his latest book, By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, Charles Murray asserts three propositions. First, the Constitution is broken. Second, we can fight back against the administrative regulatory state. Third, in a "diverse" nation there cannot be one-size-fits-all solutions to problems. Fourth, it's time to ridicule big government, because the gigantic state that the Progressives so earnestly built over the last century is ridiculous.
You can see my blog on the three Parts of By the People here, here, and here.
When he says the Constitution is broken, Murray means that we can't go back to a small state and limited government by mere political means. Too much of the Constitution has been destroyed: the Welfare Clause, the Commerce Clause, and the Supreme Court's deference to the federal government's regulatory authority.
Christopher Chantrill is a writer and conservative, and author of Road to the Middle Class. He runs usgovernmentspending.com, the go-to resource for government finance data, is a frequent contributor to the American Thinker. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Click for more.
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