By DEREK P. GILBERT
December 9, 2008
I BECAME an independent the day I realized that so-called conservative pundits were defending George W. Bush for the same policies they had blasted during Bill Clinton’s term in office: entitlements, nation-building, and a federal government that stuck its nose into every phase of our lives.
Now, as the “conservative” blogosphere continues to question Barack Obama’s eligibility for the presidency, the hand — borrowing a phrase from Airplane! — is on the other foot.
It’s time to face reality: the United States Constitution no longer limits the scope and power of the federal government. Maybe — looking back at events like the Alien and Sedition Acts and the Louisiana Purchase, for example — it never did.