We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our Constitution's principle author, James Madison, wrote, "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined [and] will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce."
Concerning the legislature's authority, Thomas Jefferson asserted: "[G]iving [Congress] a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole [Constitution] to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please. Certainly, no such universal power was meant to be given them. [The Constitution] was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect."
(1) The Constitution does NOT allow the Supreme Court to judge the constitutionality of Acts of Congress. This is a pure usurpation. By the way, until recently, NO common law country allowed its courts to judge the validity of legislation.
(2) Since WWII, presidents have routinely engaged in agreements that are in fact treaties without submitting them to the Senate. SALT II (I believe it's that one) is an example. Obama now is poised to impose both the Kyoto climate accord and the Law of the Sea without Senate approval.
(3) For a very long time, American Presidents have claimed the right to go to war without a war declaration by Congress. This includes every engagement of the 20th Century except WWI and WWII and every engagement of the 21st Century to date.
This does not exhaust the list. Some of the key provisions of the Constitution are but null and void. On the other hand, we have abortion on demand (and soon euthanasia unasked for) and we have all but silenced those pesky, uppity Christians.