By Anthony Matoria
Current progressive policy initiatives make an almost reflexive appeal to the poorly defined notion of “our democracy.” Constitutional and legislative renovations such as expanding the Supreme Court, eliminating the filibuster or even perhaps the Senate itself, liberalizing voting procedures beyond the reasonable limits of election integrity, eliminating the Electoral College, and managing media in the name of suppressing politically inconvenient “misinformation” form the basis of their agenda.
The fact that these are innovations and were not included in the first two and a quarter centuries of our constitutional republic raises legitimate skepticism as to whether the phrase “our democracy” refers to an established institution rather than an ideological abstraction. The idea of “our democracy” is presented in progressive advocacy as an indisputable historical fact, with no other support than the stridency of the assertion. That nature of constitutional order and the historical facts of our political history reveal that our true democracy is in fact incompatible with the constitutional vandalism currently being urged by the political left.
To understand the rationale and structure of our current Constitution, it is important to recognize one crucial concept: that entities and institutions have interests that are separate from the people who happen to be transiently associated with them. This principle is seen, for example, in a University Board of Trustees, who must look after the interests of the university as a continuing entity, and not merely as a surrogate for the students and faculty who happen to constitute it at a particular point in time. The same is true of all manners of institutions such as hospitals, museums, corporations, and churches. The truth underlying this principle is that in order to provide enduring benefit to generations of people, the long-term interests of institutions take priority over the transient and fleeting interests of the present moment. Collective entities have interests as enduring institutions that must be considered wholly apart from and sometimes even opposed to ephemeral wants and sentiments. Our Constitution reflects this principle. read more. h/t NAAC