Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

Blog & Mablog | 3/20/2019 | Douglas Wilson
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As a bemused public watches the clown car revue that is the developing race for the Democratic nomination for president, a few constitutional oddities have attracted our notice. It is bad when the wheels are coming off of the clown cars. To change the metaphor, as the paddle of our 24/7 news cycle stirs that witch’s brew cauldron of a presidential contest, more than a few newt eyes and lizard claws have floated to the surface. This makes dispassionate political analysis a challenge, and I think more of you should be expressing your gratitude for those of us attempting it. It is a lonely job, doing this.

Constitutional barriers, put in place to guard us all against whatever faction is being evil right now, are simply seen by progressives as barriers to them winning. And because winning is the only thing they are interested in, they are more than willing to tear down any barrier that gets in the way of that winning.

Chesterton—good - Chesterton—taught - One - Fence - Place

But Chesterton—good old Chesterton—taught us that no one should ever be allowed to tear down any fence unless they could explain why it had been erected in the first place. And this is why Democratic presidential candidates should be asked three questions about some of the outlandish proposals that are surfacing.

What are the arguments against packing the Supreme Court? What are the arguments against doing an end run around the Electoral College? And what are the arguments against allowing sixteen-year-olds the vote? When you can tell us why these fences were placed where they are, then perhaps you might have an intelligent argument for removing them. Until then, we should just treat these proposals, and any others like them, as the naked power grabs that they are.

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