Today, 02:27 PM
Or perhaps Trump's loose cannon personality represents an ugly mirror we don't want to look at. He shows America what it has come to in terms of Constitutional compliance. He merely flouts the wrong attitude and tendencies openly, with less facile lip service to constitutional literacy. The truth is, too many folks across the board---left, right, authoritarian, and libertarian---are selective in following the constitution. "Oh, we'll stress obeying the original intent document when it comes to insisting on a declaration of war, but not when it comes to the 'birther' insistence on the natural born citizen requirement for occupying the White House."
Or, "we'll accept the 'common sense' gun control argument to justify background checks, and the hundreds of other current laws infringing on the right to keep and bear arms, but will declare any more infringements as unconstitutional." Exactly how do people justify exceptions A, B, and C, yet think they then have standing to object to proposed exceptions X,Y, or Z? When we understand our ala carte constitutionalism is the heart of the problem, we will be in a position to dump on Trump for openly expressing the same selective or oblivious attitude. In the meanwhile, we have met the enemy, and he is us.