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Such a weak criticism. Make an effort and be specific.

Hmm. You didn't require specificity from Sowell the Great.

For example: Some clever people today ask whether the United States has really been "exceptional."

Really? Who asks that? Be specific. Seems to me a straw man.

"We the people..."

Those three words were a slap in the face to those who thought themselves entitled to rule, and who regarded the people as if they were simply human livestock, destined to be herded and shepherded by their betters.

Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, and King Louis XVI of France didn't seem to think it was a slap in the face. You could say they missed the signal, given what happened a few years later in France, but folks like Sowell probably don't want to bring up the French Revolution because it was even more exceptional and influential than the American Revolution. The French didn't just slap their king in the face. They lopped his head off.

Indeed, to this very day, elites who think that way -- and that includes many among the intelligentsia, as well as political messiahs -- find the Constitution of the United States a real pain because it stands in the way of their imposing their will and their presumptions on the rest of us.

Again, who? Specifically? George Bush? You claim to want specificity yet you gobble this silly stuff up.

This is silly too:

More than a hundred years ago, so-called "Progressives" began a campaign to undermine the Constitution's strict limitations on government, which stood in the way of self-anointed political crusaders imposing their grand schemes on all the rest of us.

For example?

That effort to discredit the Constitution continues to this day, and the arguments haven't really changed much in a hundred years.

The cover story in the July 4th issue of Time magazine is a classic example of this arrogance. It asks of the Constitution: "Does it still matter?"

What a joke. Time magazine not/= elitist not/= progressive.
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