To The Daily Sun,
Today's fight for common sense, good government, and personal liberty is but the latest skirmish in an endless battle. This election cycle is a test we, as a nation, are failing. We have had the broadest choice from the most varied and diverse field of candidates probably in the history of the nation. From that field of candidates it appears we shall choose between a serial-felon socialist and a self-absorbed totalitarian. What has happened to America that this is our best judgment?
The compass of Americans should be fidelity to the Constitution and a clear understanding that we do not revere the Supreme Law of the Land for tradition's sake. We used to revere the Constitution because it is a blueprint for a freer society. The Founding Fathers left a lot of power in local hands for a reason: They knew how bad things got when a distant, out of touch government called the shots.
The political order in the Constitution is the primary object of preservation among those who claim to be descendants of the Founding Fathers. The originality of the American system is in the division of powers between the branches of the federal government and state governments, general government having sole charge of foreign and general affairs. Particular or state governments have, within their respective territories, sole charge of the relations and interests of the American people.
The Constitution simultaneously channels and limits political power. It allows the non-political institutions of civil society to thrive and flourish. Partisan politics and popular opinion must never obscure the basic truth that the only authoritative will of the people under our form of government is that which is embodied in and expressed through the Constitution. The constitution is the only will of the people the representatives are bound to obey, or even to consult.
To suppose a will outside of that, or independent of it, is to convert the government from a constitutional government into a government of popular opinion. Such a government is as varying and fickle as popular opinion. To the extent popular opinion is allowed to supersede the Constitution, it renders it as worthless as so much wastepaper, and converts the government into the worst possible form of democracy. Democracy was held in horror by the fathers of the republic. They knew as Aristotle said, "Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotism."
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