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Pestritto on the Constitution

Ronald Pestritto, a professor at that other school and for the MAHG program, spoke yesterday before the Congressional Constitution Caucus here on Capitol Hill. Speaking on the rise of the administrative state, progressive attacks on the Constitution, and how to defend against them, he started by lamenting the fact that Congress even needed a caucus dedicated to looking at and defending the Constitution. The good talk was followed by a good question-and-answer session, focusing much on the role of the courts in today's world. He reiterated concern by others that people are pinning their hopes on the Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare, rather than Congress or the White House-- while he'd love to see the healthcare boondoggle shut down, Pestritto cautioned that the very fact that we are looking to the courts to be the heavyweight and support the Constitution is part of the problem. The professor hit the nail in the head towards the end of the session: "Most of politics today is a fight between the two unelected branches of government: the courts and the bureaucracy." The rebirth of constitutional seriousness is needed, and Congress needs to once more be filled by partisans of the Constitution. Good to remember this Constitution Day.
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