Summary: September 17 was the 230th Anniversary of the Constitution's signing. By now many Americans realize that it no longer works well. Here are some of the reasons why it broke, and paths -- fake and real -- to fix it. “Every country has the government it deserves” — Joseph-Marie, Comte de Maistre. From Lettres et Opuscules (1811). … Continue reading After 230 years, the Constitution needs fixing
Summary: Our institutions look strong, able to carry us through both tough times and internal dissention. But they are just "paper bullets of the mind." They failed in Weimar. We should pay attention to the signs that they will fail us, too. Worry about our institutions imploding from internal attack, not external attack. We trust … Continue reading Alert! Our institutions are hollow because we don’t love them.
Summary: On July 4 2006 I wrote this, a diagnosis, warning, and prophecy. Here is a revision after eleven years additional experience and observations. It is the most important of the 4000+ posts on the FM website. One of the smartest men I know said that he sees the plains of La Mancha in his … Continue reading A 4th of July reminder that America is ours to keep – or to lose!
Summary: As the fourth of July celebrations approach, let's take a quick look a the health of America's current political regime. It rests on the Constitution. It that goes, so goes our regime. Now for the bad news -- and the good. “How easily men satisfy themselves that the Constitution is exactly what they wish it … Continue reading Can we love the Constitution without knowing what it says?
The hysteria about Trump's repudiation of the Paris Agreement obscures the vital Constitutional issue at stake and the important lesson we can learn from other democracies (journalists hide this from us). Nobody else allows one man to make great commitments for the nation. We should not, either. The Left loudly asserts that the Paris Agreement … Continue reading Other nations handled the Paris Agreement better than America. It’s embarrassing.