It’s all about the Constitution

In response to my post calling for Newt or (unwritten) someone more Conservative to guide, unify and champion the Conservative cause for Republicans came an interesting question from the author of Not Lost Just Wandering. “Given the chance, how would you change SOx?” in reference to the effort to Repeal Sarbanes-Oxley, a topic which I know little nothing about, so how to answer?

My first inclination was to ignore the question, not wanting to get bogged down in specifics. Since this seemed somehow unsatisfying, my next option was to find out what “SOx” was and how to fix it. Right!

With only these two options apparent I chose door number three, to attempt the WWJD (What would Jesus Do) type of all encompassing, but intellectually honest, guiding principle approach.

It’s all about the Constitution.

That’s it. What does the Constitution actually say, or not say, about the question at hand. If, as is most often the case, the Constitution is silent on the subject then the Federal Government has no roll. Since some former edition of the Federal Government probably got this wrong, then the object should be to effect change moving back in the direction of the Constitution.

As Hugh Hewitt and so many on the Right are gathering trying to figure out what went wrong, and more importantly, what type of person can lead us forward; I hope they will find people who hold the Constitution and it’s foundation as the guiding principles to governance.

Thanks Not Lost Just Wandering for asking the question.

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2 Responses

  1. What about issues that didn’t exist at the founding of the Constitution? i.e. In the case of SOX, there was no stock market until 1792 when the NYSE opened. So regulation on behalf of the public market investor wouldn’t have been relevant…

  2. When in doubt find out what, “does the Constitution actually say, or not say, about the question at hand. If, as is most often the case, the Constitution is silent on the subject then the Federal Government has no roll. Since some former edition of the Federal Government probably got this wrong, then the object should be to effect change moving back in the direction of the Constitution.

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