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OP-ED Democrats Aren't Losing Faith in Our Constitutional System. They Just Don't Like It
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    3 Democrats Aren't Losing Faith in Our Constitutional System. They Just Don't Like It

    https://townhall.com/columnists/davi...ke-it-n2535589

    Democrats Aren't Losing Faith in Our Constitutional System. They Just Don't Like It

    David Harsanyi
    Posted: Nov 09, 2018 12:01 AM

    In liberals' imaginations, there are only four ways to lose elections -- and none has to do with their leftist turn, their hysterics or their one-dimensional identity politics. Democrats say they lose because of gerrymandering, voter suppression (sometimes known as asking for ID), Russian mind-control rays deployed by social media, and our antiquated and unfair Constitution.

    That last excuse is becoming increasingly popular among pundits who continue to invent new crises to freak out about.

    Take Vox's Ezra Klein, a longtime champion of direct democracy: "I don't think people are ready for the crisis that will follow if Democrats win the House popular vote but not the majority," he tweeted before the midterms. "After Kavanaugh, Trump, Garland, Citizens United, Bush v. Gore, etc, the party is on the edge of losing faith in the system (and reasonably so)."

    The "House popular vote" now joins the "national popular vote" and "Senate popular vote" as fictional gauges of governance used by Democrats who aren't brave enough to say they oppose the fundamental anti-majoritarianism that girds the Constitution.

    Otherwise, why would Democrats lose faith in a "system" that is doing exactly what was intended? The Constitution explicitly protects small states (and individuals) from national majorities. The argument for diffusing democracy and checking a strong federal government is laid out in The Federalist Papers and codified on an array of levels. This was done on purpose. It is the system.

    I mean, do Democrats really believe that the Electoral College was constructed to always correspond with the national vote? Do they believe that the signers of the Constitution were unaware that some states would be far bigger than others in the future? If the Founding Fathers didn't want Virginia to dictate how people in Delaware lived in 1787, why would they want California to dictate how people in Wyoming live in 2018? If you don't believe that this kind of proportionality is a vital part of American governance, you don't believe in American governance.

    You can despise Brett Kavanaugh all you like, but why would Democrats lose faith in "the system" that saw Republicans follow directions laid out in the Constitution for confirming a Supreme Court nominee? Why would Democrats lose faith in "the system" that elected Donald Trump using the same Electoral College that every other president used? Why would they lose faith in a system that houses a Supreme Court that stops the other branches from banning political speech? When the Supreme Court affirmed the election of George W. Bush, it turned out to be the right call.

    It's because they see the system as a way to achieve partisan goals, not as a set of politically neutral idealistic values.

    It's not a civics problem, either. One hopes that such liberal activists as NBC News' Ken Dilanian, who wonders "how much longer the American majority will tolerate being pushed around by a rural minority," understand sixth-grade civics. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman surely knows that the Constitution doesn't give "disproportionate weight" to smaller states. It intentionally gives all states the same weight in the Senate. Krugman only finds this idea "disproportionate" because it protects millions of Americans from the centralized coercive state that he envisions for them. The disproportionality he sees merely reflects his own concerns. It has nothing to do with the system.

    Also, rural America doesn't bully people such as Dilanian. The federal government was never supposed to be this powerful. Those in non-"forward-moving" America -- those dummies Krugman would like to nanny from Washington -- don't very much care how Dilanian lives. He, on the other hand, has big plans for them.

    It should be noted that these majoritarians throw millions of Americans aside to make this argument. We don't know how a national majority would vote. There are many millions of Republicans in New York and California who don't involve themselves in the futility of state politics. Those who rely on a "Senate popular vote" are being particularly dishonest, considering California didn't have a Republican on the ballot Tuesday. There are more Republicans in California than there are in Wyoming.

    But as you can see on Election Day, liberals have made "democracy" -- a word mentioned zero times in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence -- into a sacramental rite. Getting more votes in an election outweighs the inherent rights of liberty that are laid out in our founding documents -- unless, of course, a right happens to intersect with some advantageous partisan idea, e.g., birthright citizenship; then Democrats become strict originalists.

    The only reason these folks who claim to want to save Constitution from Trump see crisis in the system is that it fails to deliver for them politically. They're not losing faith in the system. They just don't like the system.
    “When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” - Ronald Reagan

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    Their minds are infected with a "virus" that insists on throwing out the baby with the bathwater - reinventing the wheel. Perhaps the genesis of that, is their "everyone gets a trophy", "we're all GREAT PEOPLE at EVERYTHING" ego-conditioning. I dunno.

    The practical effect is, that instead of looking for refinements to the strong, functional systems & processes of "what works", to make it work better...

    they want to scrap the whole thing and instead throw together some half-baked, cult-oriented BS that allows them to dictate to others - for their own good - a topsy-turvy new system and processes that only serve to keep the mass of population totally under their control.

    <spits>

    It's plain as day.

    Now, how shall we proceed to counter and stop this madness?

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    The creeping communist manifest under the guise of socialism light......where everyone according to their needs.......group identity of the community labeling an oppressor to blame for all their shortcomings...........these are the rules the democratic party today......

    Throw out the freedom of individual excellence and the drive to compete and win........where competition improves the breed and you have winners and losers but everyone gets to play the game the way it should be........

    We are on a race to lower the bar.........and that lowered bar will be a 3rd world right here where you ancestors carved a society out of the wilderness to rise in greatness never to be repeated in human history again.......

    A little too dramatic?

    Perhaps too realistic.............

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    We are on a race to lower the bar.........and that lowered bar will be a 3rd world .... right here where your ancestors carved a society out of the wilderness to rise in greatness never to be repeated in human history again.......
    Dangling modifier alert! The periods and edit above corrects it.

    We know what you're thinking, however. Braying to the choir?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sacajawea View Post
    Their minds are infected with a "virus" that insists on throwing out the baby with the bathwater - reinventing the wheel. Perhaps the genesis of that, is their "everyone gets a trophy", "we're all GREAT PEOPLE at EVERYTHING" ego-conditioning. I dunno.

    The practical effect is, that instead of looking for refinements to the strong, functional systems & processes of "what works", to make it work better...

    they want to scrap the whole thing and instead throw together some half-baked, cult-oriented BS that allows them to dictate to others - for their own good - a topsy-turvy new system and processes that only serve to keep the mass of population totally under their control.

    <spits>

    I contend the leftist are what they are and do what they do because they have totally rejected God.

    Can you name one promenate democrat whose actions don't show they despise Christian values?

    Even Nancy Pelosi claims she has a strong faith and is a good catholic, yet her every adult action has proven otherwise. She worships at the altar of personal power and wealth over all base Christian tenants. She is no different than the popes of old who mouthed the words while the violated every oath. Nancy, over the Hillary, the list goes on and one of those who preach diversity, the murder of the unborn even up to full term and use every crooked trick in the book.


    IMHO the left serves their true father, the father of lies and hatred of the one true and living God.
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    Bps1691, that's as valid an explanation as mine. To me, at least. I maintain we mistake "insanity" for what is really evil, too much of the time -- because to many of us, evil is incomprehensable and stupid.

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    The Constitution stands in their way to power - that is the whole of the problem.
    Buckle up, boys and girls. This could get a bit rough.

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    The Left believe that the Constitution is an old antiquated document that needs to change. Same with their Christianity. The Bible is old, doesn't fit today's standards, therefore, they have to change those views, too. Their Christianity is not my Christianity. They have fashioned themselves idols at the feet of satan.

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    Yeah but they are legally obligated to uphold and support it, to do otherwise they could be in legal limbo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Publius View Post
    Yeah but they are legally obligated to uphold and support it, to do otherwise they could be in legal limbo.
    You really think the leftist care about legalities?


    They use the law against others and will ignore it when it works against them. With the still large number of setting leftist judges, they will judge shop until they find one that ignores the law and will protect them.


    Look at all the illegalities running up to the last presidential election and then consider the fact that all of those involved are still out free. Nope, the law is just something to be used or twisted to suit their purposes. They know those who oppose them well and that they will just ring their hands and say wait until such and such does the right thing.

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