The natural end state of liberalism is a sneering, resentful rejection of the polis in order to save "democracy" in the abstract— Auron MacIntyre (@AuronMacintyre) September 15, 2023
Liberalism will always destroy the people in favor off the managerial class that was supposed to serve them https://t.co/BgHAJJvzyX
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the US Constitution.— The Mallard Reborn (@MallardReborn) September 15, 2023
“A very large portion of my party really doesn’t believe in the Constitution.” –Mitt Romney
Do you believe in the Constitution?
It is complicated. I have mixed feelings about it.
Which Constitution are you asking about? There have been several constitutions. The Articles of Confederation, for example, was technically never repealed. The Confederate Constitution is another dead letter. Neither of these constitutions have anything to do with how we are governed.
The original American Constitution was destroyed by Lincoln in the War Between the States. It was undone by the existence of the Union. If the Founders had excluded the New England states from the compact, I think it could have worked. Something like the original American Constitution without the Northeast would be an ideal form of government. I don’t want to live under a centralized government.
In a homogeneous Anglo-Protestant polity, the Constitution as it was originally conceived and designed would work fine. If only people like James Edwards, Sam Dickson, Jared Taylor, Brion McClanahan, Jeff Sessions and Ron Paul could vote, the system would work. It would work even with a high level of racial diversity as long as voting rights was restricted to natural born White men. Basically, I believe the system rests on a foundation of racial, ethnic, cultural and religious homogeneity that it took for granted. Without that substantial homogeneity, the institutions of free government collapse into polarization and gridlock.
Lincoln and the Radical Republicans disfigured the Constitution with Reconstruction amendments which centralized and consolidated the federal government. The Progressive era did even more damage to the Constitution with women’s suffrage, the income tax, the direct election of senators and the nationwide Prohibition experiment. In particular, the income tax dramatically expanded the power of the federal government over the states without doing much about economic inequality.
The Reconstruction constitution died in the Great Depression and World War II. The federal government as it has existed since FDR has become more and more decoupled from the Constitution. In theory, for example, Congress is supposed to declare war, but that now rarely happens. Vast federal bureaucracies now exist which trample all over the Constitution. Are we supposed to believe the Tenth Amendment still restricts the power of the federal government? Does the Fourth Amendment restrain the “intelligence community” from spying on American citizens?
Christopher Caldwell is correct that the civil rights regime has metastasized and devoured the original Constitution like a cancer. The rapid loss of racial, ethnic, cultural and religious homogeneity since the 1960s has also made the antiquated system more and more dysfunctional. Diversity is glorified by the liberal establishment. In practice, diversity destroys the social trust and philia that makes democracy possible. Tyranny is the natural form of government of multicultural empires.
By my count, America has had at least five constitutions: the Articles of Confederation, the original American Constitution, the Confederate Constitution, the Reconstruction era Constitution and the New Deal era Constitution. In the 1950s and 1960s, America decided it was going to recreate itself in the image of the United Nations and embarked on an experiment to become the first country in the history of the world to be held together by nothing but pure liberalism. Race was expunged from our national identity. Then religion and culture. Finally, the republican ideal itself has come under attack.
The surviving remnants of the Constitution like the First Amendment, Second Amendment, occasionally the Fourth Amendment, the Senate and the Electoral College mainly thwart the ambitions of our ruling class. We would be worse off without the Constitution. Democracy Defenders have a new screed out about these vestiges of the Constitution called The Tyranny of the Minority.
Do I believe in the Constitution though? Do I have faith in it?
No, I don’t believe the letter of the Constitution has much to do with how we are governed, especially after what is going on with Trump. I think the Constitution has been disfigured. If I had it my way, I would throw out half of the states and everything after the 12th Amendment.
The Declaration of Independence is a bigger problem than the Constitution. Specifically, reinterpreting and disfiguring the Constitution to bring it line with the universal ideals of the Declaration. The Confederacy wisely dispensed with the Declaration of Independence.