Newt's 'position' is typical 'backward' thinking that makes of the state an 'end' in itself. The Constitution, however, assigns to government but one over-arching responsibility and, as Jefferson said "... Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, - That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it."
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." --Presidential Oath of OfficePreserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States was and remains Bush's only job. He has not merely failed that, he has worked overtly to subvert the Constitution. Put another way: Bush put his hand on a black book and lied --under oath! Note to Newt: that is high treason! In the 18th Century, it was sufficient cause for a hanging. The subversion of the Constitution was effected --not by alleged 'terrorists' --but by Bush and his complicit supporters like Newt Gingrich. Of Al Qaeda and Bush, Bush is the bigger threat! He's here, on our soil, working with the likes of Alberto Gonzales and John Yoo to subvert the Constitutional principles that he claimed had been 'hated' by 'turrsts'. The world's number one terrorist is George W. Bush. The world's biggest terrorist organizations are the US Military and the CIA. Clearly --Bush cannot defend what Bush and Bush alone has destroyed.
While the media was distracted, Bush and Gonzales were busy re-writing the Constitution. Sadly, I haven't heard the candidates address the issue of 'restoring' the Bill of Rights though it should be the number one issue of this campaign. Until someone meets this issue forthrightly, everything else seems quite beside the point. Newt is incorrect, perhaps even disingenuous, in his assertion that government has a 'right' to abrogate the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in order 'protect society'. We, the people are society and 'under the Constitution' WE are the sovereign. The language so cavalierly tossed aside by the Bush junta was made the basis for the Supreme Law of the Land to protect 'the people' from criminal usurpers like Bush. Read Madison's Preamble to the Constitution and Joseph Story's 'Commentaries' on it.
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.The 'United States of America' is a creation of 'the people' for which the 'Constitution' is their voice. Government as envisaged by James Madison is a caretaker of no inherent rights at all. It has, rather, responsibilities to the people and only those powers necessary to enable it to fulfill those responsibilities. Of Al Qaeda and Bush, Bush is the bigger threat to the lives and rights of the people and the people's Constitution.