US Constitution to blame for 'fiscal cliff' fight?
Is American system of government broken?
- Duration 5:37
- Date Dec 31, 2012
Is American system of government broken?
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While the president blames congress for the problems in Washington a Georgetown law professor is suggesting.
Our tire problems begin with our constitution and now says that we need a new form of government.
Mark Hanna is a democratic strategist for a former and former campaign -- for President Obama didn't see both the -- You're happy or happy new year will listen -- -- engineer a happy new year was -- DNS and was I'm a big fan of HDTV love all sorts -- make over shows the really -- we need to make over the constitution or is Vista.
A ludicrous notion.
I have a -- -- idea coming -- outlets can't read it but one thing that is holding us all together.
Mean Washington DC is -- and obviously we've got problems but to get rid of the constitution.
Is this guy craze get me to call him.
Professor king -- is name is Louis icon Lou we have actually because what you -- monarch he.
You know what I should do a sabbatical that would be really -- went to Cuba may be Venezuela.
Because the Saudi Arabia where there is -- constitution and they have no rights especially -- First Amendment which means.
You can see how these ludicrous thing okay has that kind of changed -- her back could accidentally do.
It's about our country that you can say whatever you want to save mart -- up and the professor argues that why not give up on the constitution because there have been workarounds from the beginning -- usaid office.
I think if you love our country and love our constitution.
You have to you by definition and necessarily support this professor's right to.
Freely expressed his criticism of the constitution it's sort of enshrined within the constitution itself in the First Amendment right to free speech look.
The constitution is the most sacred document.
Sacred text our country hazard that there's a reason that presidents become presidents.
When they swear to defend the constitution and when citizens become citizens they have to ask -- answer other questions about the constitution.
It is something that unified us as a country but the professor makes a point when he also says it's something that.
Divide this is a country liberals are really upset that conservatives use to the constitution to protect.
The right to own military style guns for example while conservatives are upset that liberals use the constitution to.
Protect a woman's right to have an abortion so.
You know in a way that interpretation of -- constitution does.
I drive a lot of political and and fighting in our country -- -- have to be looked at and -- you you know what mark just mentioned some of their freedoms that we as women would.
And have word not for some of the workarounds and retooling.
Of the rules and quite frankly I wouldn't be sitting here and I have probably that went well and so -- I will pay that what I think is a radical army is basically saying.
Had these discussions at the constitution we -- just have the debate what we are having a debate but with the constitution comes our republic.
Because -- the constitution does.
Our republic -- -- they the United States and America will not exist without constitution that's how important this document is mean just kind of that Atlanta is -- -- -- this is it.
Do you think you think our cut our republic that the strength of our democracy exists not -- the people that are alive today ballot and the government that's being run by the people and for the people but it 225 year old document.
Yeah absolutely vital that we can work now we have to have the document because the people and legislators and Americans and we abide by the constitution protects our rights.
Right to freedom of speech just like for the professor king Lilly and also that -- we can bear arms and we have me out a lot.
That we all watch this constitution and also -- the forefathers and yes we absolutely need to keep that respect to things have changed that bit by bit that Scott wants to get rid of all together now.
Not -- he does say the professor AMR Kelly received brief responded to see the president professor says that we could should continue to follow certain commands of the -- to -- -- -- out of respect not obligation go ahead -- Right now I think that look I think the founding fathers would be thrilled with this guy the founding fathers.
Have there -- our nation has a heritage of radical thinking the founding fathers were radical thinkers themselves and so for this.
Georgetown professor to offer a thoughtful critique.
Of the you know the historical -- sort of situated next to the constitution I think -- It's fantastic and -- even on the tradition.
Museum or even thought it isn't even -- need to be done away it basically now so I gotta tell you.
I -- the constitution I think we should all read it and know -- -- we.
We have to -- and it's important right now especially since our country's in turmoil.
And the politicians really need to take a closer look constitution's duty if there -- no way would it be a huge problem on our country and indeed you know I'll give you the last word mark -- Or is it the way politicians do business or perhaps not to business now honey it's the politicians that the constitution is not a problem Mike I think we can see what's going on the show would Downey -- -- hours before.
And it -- trying to get -- -- even these guys don't have a together.
It's absolutely the politicians that's a problem not constitution -- good thing there's a lot of champagne around -- -- will start drinking now happily.
-- Kevin and I agree with -- that the politicians can be the problem but the the reason the problem is they keep pointing to the constitution to defend their ideas which aren't necessarily.
You know really supported by the constitution this professor is doing what professors all good professors do which is to throw out a provocative idea a politically incorrect idea to sort of get the country thinking.
-- and getting people and his students to think critically.
About our history and it's a great debate to have and I'm glad we're having it because it keeps the constitution relevant I.
Can lead DD -- you have got to ended -- happy new year new hair -- Good company Nigeria's -- OK thanks guys.