Culture and Constitution Colliding

Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2021
by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
constitution; US senate

In a word, beware. Popular culture is colliding with the Constitution. As we indulge the notion that reality is irrelevant, subjective and objective interchangeable, we forget – they are not.

The Constitution’s Preamble does not begin: “We the Identity Groups of the United States, without interest in a more perfect Union, tranquility, or common defense, aiming to preserve grievances and increase federal control, do minimize liberty and mandate amorality under the Constitution for the United States of America.”

Rather, it reads: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The difference in marked, the fictional preamble where we are headed – not reality. Getting it right – understanding what the Framers meant – is central to America’s future.

The left is on a beeline to change the Constitution, end state-based elections, restrict free speech, worship, and assembly, overturn Second Amendment understandings, push mandates impairing guarantees found in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments.

The game is afoot.  Leftists want to undo 230 years of Constitutional Government, redefining the “individual” (now part of grievance group), “gender” (now subjective not biological), “elections” (now open to fraud), “borders” (now erased for illegals), and “rights” – now government-given.

Consider how the “individual” is sidelined.  By redefining America as blocs of humanity, inflaming these blocs with political grievances, winding them up, pitting them against each other, the people become preoccupied by passion, distracted, permitting abuses by those in power.

Was this what the Framers saw, just clumps of humanity, factions with complaining rights?  Did they celebrate human clumps?  Hardly. James Madison, in Federalist 10, feared “mischief of factions.”  He would be aghast at modern Democrats.

To the Framers, Americans were individual souls, defined by unique attributes, skills, opinions, preferences, and – believe it or not – different fingerprints, heights, weights, voices, faces, strengths, weaknesses, races, sexes, and complexes. Leftists see blocs; Framers saw individuals.

Truth:  Individuals are individuals – each unique in God’s eyes, their neighbors’ eyes, their own – even if not in the eyes of party-centered collectivists, socialists, fascists. To power-seekers, the individual is inconvenient. To our Nation’s Framers, the individual was essential.

Ignoring the individual changes everything. It flies in the face of the Constitution, from “one person one vote” to our Bill of Rights, bulwark against collectivism.  The Framers knew we were not “of one mind,” not a collective, not grievance groups.  We are each singular.

Put differently, smart people do not look at two people, 20 or 20 million and see just one, nor all tall, redheaded, poetic, mathematical, longhaired, bald, fast, slow, black, white, Asian, young, or old – and see some conglomerate.  The Constitution honors individuality; identity groups do not.

Similarly, the Framers could not have conceived of remaking “genders.”  They understood the world as it was, men and women biologically distinct, objective not subjective, attributes rooted in observable science, not preferences. They did not imagine subjective pushed as objective.

When basic science breaks down, like basic understandings of rights tied to individuals, we begin drifting.  A biological boy may think himself anything, and that is his right. But to force his non-biological definition of gender on biological girls, objectively disadvantaging them in female sports, placing them in fear, forcing them to suffer his subjective redefinition of reality – is indefensible. Again, like a Constitution built around the individual, this is a fact.

A third collision between pop culture and Constitution is redefining “elections” – as Democrats wish to – with high tolerance for fraud.  The Framers nowhere imagined or advocated federalizing the election process, weakening protections against fraud, reducing accountability.

Fourth, the notion that “borders” do not matter, citizenship and limits on entry erased to “save humanity” or push illegal voting or tip the electorate toward entitlement – would turn their stomach. Said Jefferson, “a country with no border, is not a country.” His sentiment is apt. Then again, historian Charles Beard wrote: “You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.”  True today, as 70 years ago.

Finally, “rights” – where they come from – is under fire. President Biden gave a surreal speech last week.  In it, he told Americans their government may grant the right to gather in small groups – if we take the vaccine, wear a mask, and are good – by Independence Day. Really?

“Government grants you the right” audacity is a dangerous slap at the Framers.  Our rights do not come from government. Any student of history, natural law, human rights, or conscience can tell you: The Framers did not empower government to give rights. They codified God-given rights. The day the government assumes God’s mantle, the Constitution is in jeopardy.

In a word – beware. Modern Democrats are not just coming for guns, but for your individuality, understandings of gender, election efficacy, border security, and rights.  Not to see conflict with the Constitution is to deny reality. Our Constitution protects objective rights, not subjective redefinitions.