Social media’s great gift is the same as its great curse — it amplifies voices. As much as you see stories of resilience and human compassion on Twitter, you also see exactly how many people think the overreach of the Biden administration is not only a necessary evil, but a good first step toward greater government involvement in Americans’ lives.
All of which makes this year’s Constitution Day — the anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787 — a poignant and important one. And Christopher Scalia, son of one our greatest legal minds Antonin Scalia, has a great thread over on the aforementioned Twitter that throws into sharp relief why that increased involvement not only runs counter to the Constitutional framework, but details how it’s the responsibility of Americans (as opposed to judges and politicians) to guard against it. Here’s where it starts, but read the whole thing (it’s short; you can do it).
He also reminded us that the Constitution is a limited document. It doesn’t contain all that is good, nor is everything in it necessarily good. That’s why the Founders provided a process for amendment. Again, from #ScaliaSpeaks: pic.twitter.com/6JfevX1Knx
— Christopher J. Scalia (@cjscalia) September 17, 2019
The thread really gets at what it means, in a very important way, to be an American. We are asked not only to recognize the foundational documents that provide the structure of our legal system as imperfect — albeit still indicative of the greatest attempt at equitable governance in the history of mankind — but also understand what those documents do by reading them and knowing them so we can have some idea of when it’s appropriate to amend them.
But nowhere within that framework is it suggested the federal government — with all her politicians and bureaucrats — should become so large and powerful that the underlying structure and allowed-for amendments become moot or unattainable. That would make the foundational principles themselves moot. The Constitutional responsibility belongs to politicians and jurists only in as much as they are representatives of the people themselves. And it is the people who must accept responsibility for how they are governed.
With that in mind, we should always be asking ourselves if there are better leadership solutions than government by mandate.
I discuss all of this on the show today. I also try to tackle what I’m sure is about to be an impressive growth spurt from Clubhouse as they court LeBron James and other big names in sports and media — and try to determine what that means for conservatives in media looking to compete. Finally, I have some thoughts on a charming little film called “Half Brothers” (trailer below) that explores the familial relationship between America and Mexico through the interesting lens of a buddy road-trip comedy.
Let me make your commute home a little more silly.