Coming Apart

About a month ago, the Atlantic dropped a bomb entitled Beyond Originalism, which somewhat briefly outlined an integralist approach to ensuring that the Constitution of the United States—the document—isn’t used to subvert the very things it was supposedly written to protect. The piece’s author was Harvard Constitutional Law professor Adrian Vermeule, no stranger to controversy, and I can only assume that the Atlantic decided to publish it in an attempt to make ‘conservatives’ look as authoritarian and as menacingly Catholic as possible. While it scared the liberally-minded conservative dilettantes into quite a barrage of counterpoints and rebuttals—most of which aren’t worth mentioning—the conservatives who actually take the definition at face-value sat back and said, “yeah, okay, that’s a start.” Continue reading “Coming Apart”

What Do Leftists Hate About the United States’ Bill of Rights? – Part III

Amendments IX – X: In Which the Founders Explain the Conclusions of Government

So, the last two segments have been about the scope of government and the relationship it has to the people.  Neither really addressed the broader, in some senses deeper notions of what government should be.  While the Founders in general avoided discourses and indulgences in metaphysics, preferring by and large to live in a world of results rather than that of academics and theory, the final two amendments in the Bill of Rights reveal the core of their philosophy regarding the self-governance of popular sovereignty. Continue reading “What Do Leftists Hate About the United States’ Bill of Rights? – Part III”

What Do Leftists Hate About the United States’ Bill of Rights? – Part II

Amendments V – VIII; In Which the Founders Explain How Not to Run an Asshole Judicial System

The last segment covered the first four amendments ratified under the Bill of Rights.  Those included the rights of free speech, assembly, and religion, ownership of firearms, and freedom from quartering soldiers, being unreasonably searched, and having your stuff taken by the State.  In other words, the last segment covered how the Founders who wrote the Bill of Rights expected a governing body to respect the citizens that comprise it.  Unfortunately, we don’t quite live in the same country anymore.  But the ethos of it remains in the hearts of most Americans mostly under the guise of simply wanting to be left alone so that they can live their lives as they wish. Continue reading “What Do Leftists Hate About the United States’ Bill of Rights? – Part II”

What Do Leftists Hate About the United States’ Bill of Rights? – Part I

Amendments I – IV; In Which the Founders Explain How Not To Be an Asshole

What do you think of when the words “Bill of Rights” are uttered?  If you thought, the rights to free speech, owning a gun, and not being unreasonably searched or having your stuff unreasonably seized by cops, then you’re in the majority of Americans.  If the first thing that popped into your head instead was the right to be free of quartering a soldier, or maybe, the right not to be levied with excessive bail, then… well, at least you’ve read the document. Continue reading “What Do Leftists Hate About the United States’ Bill of Rights? – Part I”

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