“The Constitution is not a suicide pact,” wrote associate Justice Robert Jackson in 1949.
This response is QotD:
“No Justice Jackson, it is a restraining order against government. And government, like any abusive person, does not respect or obey restraining orders.”
Professor Angelo Codevilla is generally worth your time, and this essay is no exception: Revolution 2020. Excerpt:
Progressivism’s foundational proposition—that the American way of life suffers from excessive freedom and insufficient latitude for experts to lead each into doing what is best for all—is the intellectual basis of the oligarchy’s ever-increasing size, wealth, and power. The theme that the USA was ill-conceived in 1776-89 and must be re-conceived has resounded from Woodrow Wilson’s Congressional Government (1885) to the campaigns of Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Barack Obama, and Joseph Biden: “listen to the scientists!” The criticism’s main point has been constant: America’s original conception validated the people’s right to live as they please, and made it hard to marshal them for Progressive purposes.
But the Progressive critique adds a moral basis: the American people’s indulgence of their preferences—private ease and comfort, focus on families, religious observance, patriotism—has made for every secular sin imaginable: racism, sexism, greed, etc. Because most Americans are racist, sexist, un-appreciative of real virtue or refinement (these are somehow rolled together), because these Americans resist knuckling under to their betters, America is a sick society that needs to be punished and to have its noxious freedoms reformed.
…late in the evening, I was rolled into surgery at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona where a stranger’s liver was transplanted into my (dying) body.
I did not expect to wake up after surgery. If I had not had the surgery, I doubt I’d have woken up on the 24th.
Living in the future is amazing.
See my previous post “Endgame.”
I was wrong. They just plan on stealing it and depending on the Right not to react violently. Or maybe they do. Marx did tell them that violent revolution was needed to free the proletariat: