Is the Constitution binding? John Adams wasn’t just bloviating when he wrote ”Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Even more important than the words “moral and religious people” is the indefinite article “A”. Our Constitution was made only for A People. Here is why: The Constitution was based upon John Locke’s optimistic enlightened philosophy as opposed to Hobbs’ Divine Right of Kings. Hobbs believed that without “a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that conditions called war; and such a war, as if of every man, against every man. The state of Nature in Hobbs’ mind is “…no account of Time; no Arts; no Letters; no Society; and, which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Locke was far more optimistic. See box below.
Locke assumed that the large majority of social cohesion arises organically. The morés or norms are found in the culture. Until very recently most Americans never had the pleasure of having to hire a lawyer. Most of our behavior was determined by our sense of right and wrong. How often did people consult the legal code? Rarely. How this is possible is that Society organically creates (or IS) order. The Constitution was constructed for an organically created society of rational men and women working together to improve the lot of all in order to improve their own particular lot. The designated powers of the Federal Government are very few. And it was possible because all Americans behaved in an orderly manner based on social custom. Only a tiny percentage of society’s codes were written. We required little government because our Anglo-Saxon culture esteemed individual liberty, and private property. But there are those who seek to impose their “better” systems on the rest of us. They know that it requires coercion to force the masses into allowing the intellectual “vanguard of revolution” to lead its into a ”golden age”. This requires a far more intrusive government. And in turn that requires the demolition or “deconstruction” of the unwritten codes of behavior. It is for instance not “homophobia” responsible for the anger towards gay marriage but rather the concept that the State has coopted the power to reach upward to change the culture, when it was the culture that created the State. The Left has made America ungovernable by liberal (classic) philosophy. And it is their dream to destroy the relevancy of the Constitution. The Left has weaponized the State. The State which was merely a veneer overlying the Nation has now become the enemy of the Nation. The politicization of bathrooms for example the politicization of everything is part of the State’s war to replace Nation with government. The Globalists in Europe seek to bring Muslims into every European nation. Why? Why: to diminish the differences between say Italy and Denmark, Spain and Sweden. And the Left’s fixation on more and more Hispanic migration is the American equivalent of an attack on the NATION