The above headline from Michael Filozof’s recent article at American Thinker is pretty stark: The U.S. cannot survive as presently constituted!
Just a few days ago I featured Dennis Prager’s article “America’s Second Civil War,” and noted that I believe there are few more important topics than today’s political and cultural divide. Never before has the need for the political right to learn how to reach more Americans with the message of how and why conservative governance works, while progressivism continues to fail.
Here is Michael Filozof:
“With slight shades of difference,” wrote George Washington in 1796, Americans “have the same religion, manners, habits and political principles.”
That is no longer true.
The inauguration of Donald Trump sparked national protests — obscene, vulgar, and crude — by the Left. Over sixty congressional Democrats boycotted his inauguration. Plans to impeach him were in the works — before he had even done anything. And when Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by cracking down on immigration from Muslim countries — for the purpose of preventing jihadist terror attacks — the Left took to the streets once again.
And that was just Trump’s first week in office.
What do Americans of the Left and the Right have in common? Nothing — except hate for each other.
Washington was the chairman of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, where Americans met to hammer out a new social contract to replace the ill-fated Articles of Confederation. The Constitution was not only a work of pure genius, it was also a document of practical compromise. Severe differences existed between Federalists and Anti-Federalists, North and South, slaveowners and non-slaveowners. Yet the Americans of the Founding generation were able to agree upon a basic set of principles agreeable to all: limited government, separation of powers, enumerated powers of the Congress and the executive, limits on the powers of states, and a method for amending the document. In 1791, a Bill of Rights was added. The Constitution made the U.S. a “creedal” nation: agree with its principles, and anyone could become an American.
But the Constitution of 1787 no longer articulates a set of shared principles. For practical purposes, today there are two separate and unrelated constitutions — a constitution of the Left, and a constitution of the Right. The Leftist constitution includes the rights to abortion, anal intercourse, and gay marriage. The Right, reading the “supreme law of the land” as it was actually written, sees no such rights anywhere in the U.S. Constitution.
Read more: American Thinker