Ezra Klein: Understanding The Constitution Is Hard
The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein spoke this morning on MSNBC about the 112th Congress and the Constitution:
The issue with the Constitution is not that people don’t read the text and think their following it. The issue with the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than a hundred years ago.
I’ve expressed doubt about what I think is really just pointless Constitution fetishization by some on the right before, but Klein’s comment is basically just nonsense Yea, it’s true that the Constitution is not always easy to understand, but there are some things, like the limits on Congressional authority in Article I, Section 8 that are actually pretty easy to figure out. Unless you’re a guy like Klein who wishes there were no limits on the Federal Government to begin with.