This article has a connection with my post (yesterday) on an American Revolution in Morals.
Whereas yesterday’s author wrote, “It’s hard to contemplate American public life in the 21st century and not arrive at the unhappy conclusion that we are led by idiots,” today’s author describes an NYT op-ed written by two ivy league law professors as “literally one of the stupidest things” he has ever read.
I am not building a list of horribles here. Rather, these two stories are merely connected by the tissue of miseducation.
Today’s story puts forth the concept that America’s Constitution should, but “fails to establish a pure democracy by plebiscite.” Of this proposition, today’s writer states, “Those who had a high school civics class understand that this is more or less the point” of the Constitutional design.
How could two professors at the nation’s most prestigious schools make such an error? Clearly, it is because they forgot (or never learned) how to think straight. Or else they did learn and still remember, but they are devious and malicious (morally corrupt).
In any case, I agree with today’s writer: Democracy is not the purpose of our Constitution. Democracy is just one of the mechanisms that operates within the constitutionally-established order. The idea that we can improve our democracy by replacing the Constitution must be rejected out of hand.