By my definition, a Social Constitutionalist is someone who supports and defends the Constitution, yet acknowledges the Constitution's inherent flaws, and supports efforts to alter and strengthen the document so that it is always an instrument of We the People, and not the government.
A Social Constitutionalist believes the government exists to serve the people. This isn't a conservative or a liberal position. It is a statement of fact.
We believe the words written in our original Founding Document, the Declaration of Independence are very clear in their meaning. And We the People have not given up on our authority over government. We've only delegated that authority to the government, through the Constitution. We believe as long as they, the government, operate within reasonable constraints, We the People have indeed agreed to allow them to continue to govern, and for We the People, to abide by the laws of the Legislature.
And what are the words written in the Declaration of Independence?
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness: that to secure these rights, 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 abolish it, & to institute new government, laying it's foundation on such principles, & organizing it's powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety & happiness. Prudence indeed will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light & transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses & usurpations pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government, & to provide new guards for their future security."
Beautiful, right? And very clear in their meaning. Now the argument from the other side goes something like "No... you can't do that now. That was only for the Revolution. That was Original Authority." To them I say, "Read the words again."
So that's the "Constitutionalist" part. The "Social" part is this. A social Constitutionalist cares about the less fortunate than themselves.
I realize that this is not the exclusive domain of my personal belief system, but I believe we should embed this value somehow into a reinvigorated Constitution. I have no idea what that would look like. We have to all figure that out together. The singular "partisan" has to be expunged from our vernacular. That's one of the reasons I am doing this site and the People's Forum is to help bring about bipartisan action. Please join by the way.
A Social Constitutionalist believes in welfare for single parents struggling to feed their kids instead of welfare for corporations, who by the way take far more taxpayer money than any "welfare queen".
And this also isn't about revolution, at least not in the popular sense of the word. It's about a radical reorganization. It is my belief that this is what people who voted for @realDonaldTrump were really hoping for. Someone who would throw a brick through the glass.
Donald did it alright. But he did it for a reason not necessarily in the people's interest. At least not the 99%.
Trump did it to systematically break down any barriers to his reorganizing the government money machine to flow right into the hands of himself. And so as not to offend anyone too much who could do anything about it, he included them in on the deal.
It's not necessarily the Trump supporters fault. We. They. Us. We all just got tricked into thinking Trump was our man.
And not to tell anyone how to vote, but I'm voting for Bernie because I think he is the one we were actually looking for. We just didn't know it at the time. But now here's our chance. Okay enough campaigning for now.
And a Social Constitutionalist is someone who... To be continued.