Assigned Reading: Bring Back the Constitution
(FROM: Real Clear Politics)
Yes, I know this article is from way, way back in 2007. In it, Charles Kesler argues for a Republican Party strategy to combat the ascendant Barack Obama. He was right then, and he’s right now:
Democrats… in order to mobilize their disparate supporters must advance long, specialized agendas. Goodbye, “the audacity of hope.” Hello, the hope of audacity, of any sort of bold Democratic policy addressing the common good rather than client groups.
Republicans have a hard time competing against such pandering, but that won’t stop them from trying. The best way to avoid this race to the bottom is to connect Republican policies to the Constitution and its principles…
But the alternative to reviving constitutionalism is to make policy with no limits except for the judges’ whims, and with no guide except our leaders’ visions, distilled from their constituents’ desires. The alternative to constitutionalism, in other words, is to play politics according to the Democrats’ rules. That’s a losing game.