It’s not that the Left fails to grasp the point of the Constitution’s unbending, timeless nature. It’s that they’re opposed to it. And rightly so, by their own (dim) lights.
Sure, some of the anger aimed (at) Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is partisan bluster meant to placate the activist base. Still, most Democrats were going to get hysterical about any pick, because any conservative pick was going to take the Constitution far too literally for their liking. For those who rely on the administrative state and coercion as a policy tool — forcing people to join political organizations, forcing them to support abortion, forcing them to subsidize socially progressive sacraments, forcing them to create products that undermine their faith, and so on — that’s a big problem.
Leading presidential contender Bernie Sanders, whose collectivist doctrine clashes directly with the Constitution’s goal of restraining the state and empowering the individual, worried about “workers’ rights, health care, climate change, environmental protection and gun safety.” He should.
Kavanaugh, with Justice Neil Gorsuch, is a critic of Chevron deference, the practice that allows administrative agencies to ignore their legal charge and have free rein to interpret statutory authority in virtually any way they please. Few things undermine the socialist agenda more than limiting our regulatory agencies’ ability to lord over the economic decisions of Americans.
Normalizing the idea that the Constitution should be subservient to the fleeting will of politics or progressive conceptions of “justice” goes back to Barack Obama…
Oh, it goes back one hell of a lot farther than that, David—all the way back to the original Progressives themselves, in fact, who saw the Constitution as precisely what it was meant to be: a roadblock standing in the way of their totalitarian ambitions, one they were going to have to smash to bits in order to see their utopian dreams achieved.