A common concern among Article V opponents is that society is too corrupt to be trusted with amending the Constitution. Perhaps they are right. If so, how did this corruption come about? Is it as bad as many believe? I say the corruption of our culture did not grow upward from the people; corruption rained downward from elites.
I place the blame for societal corruption largely on scotus. Scotus not only regularly ignores or violates the written supreme law of the land, it often does the same with Natural Law, the Law of Reason.
Scotus has normalized its judicial reach far beyond matters of statutory and Constitutional law; it is increasingly comfortable reaching down into society, so far down that it frequently offends Natural Law. Where Mark Levin wrote in his 2005 Men in Black that, “they (scotus) have expelled God, prayer, and the Ten Commandments from the public square; they’ve protected virtual child pornography, racial discrimination in (university) admissions, and partial birth abortion,” scotus has subsequently imposed homosexual marriage on an innocent society. As unimpeachable philosopher-kings, Mark observed, ”They’ve announced that morality alone is an insufficient basis for legislation.”
Except, that isn’t entirely true; scotus rejects a particular morality, western morality, the biblically based ethos from which Enlightenment writers and polemicists launched their inquiries into the nature of government. Instead, scotus embraces a fuzzy social justice morality, a moving target that changes with the whims of the justices. For instance, privacy between a woman and her doctor was central to the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. Some forty years later in the age of Obamacare, privacy between anyone and their doctor is fantasy. This is of little importance to the Left because the law is to change with the needs of society and what institution is better qualified to estimate the necessary changes than a Leftist dominated scotus?
Scotus’ social justice interference with the natural workings of the civil society did enormous damage. Where reason informs us that no law, and certainly no mere court opinion, can legitimately work toward societal destruction, scotus typically does just that with its June decisions every year. Instead, per the Preamble to our Constitution, scotus, along with the rest of government is charged with promoting the general welfare and securing the blessings of liberty. Toward this end, of strengthening the society on which all republics depend, scotus must oppose rather than impose, all laws and regulations that harm the family and public tranquility.
Near the top of my list of outrages, of purposeful societal corruption, are the various federal programs that serve to drive fathers away from their families. Our prisons are filled with men raised feral, without the civilizing influence that only fathers can impose on teenage boys. At the core of this problem is the corruption of the idea of property, and that government can substitute a monthly check for society’s charitable, Christian duty to assist single mothers. When government robs Peter to enrich Paul, it weakens the natural bonds of the community.
Social Justice Utopia cannot be realized when society puts its trust in God and His Laws. Finding the display of the Ten Commandments in public places to be unconstitutional is a smokescreen. If God is supreme, government isn’t; this is unacceptable to the Left.
Scotus often denies the natural right of self-government to the sovereign people. California passed a law and a follow-on constitutional amendment that declared marriage to be limited to a man and a woman. As such, CA simply expressed what civilization has known for millennia. When scotus overturned these and similar statutes in other states it denied to all Americans the natural right to government by their consent. When scotus assumes law making powers, it further weakens societal bonds. Eventually, people lose interest in following their legislators and quit voting. Since self-government, the crafting of laws by representatives, is the sin qua non of republics, we must stop and reverse the trend toward law making by scotus and executive branch administrators.
So, the corruption of society as noted by Article V opponents is real, but is it so bad that delegates of the sovereign people cannot be trusted? If this is true, it also means we are no longer capable of self-government at all; we should do away with elections since we are only suitable, as Benjamin Franklin warned, for despotic rule.
Despite scotus’ and the elites’ success in corrupting portions of society, a clear majority are still capable of rational thought, and are far from too corrupt to amend the Constitution. We see evidence all around. Despite feminist rants, men and women still want to marry. Our reason and our own observations inform us that little Heather is far better off in a home with a mommy and a daddy. No parent ever told a local school board, “raise my taxes and keep my kid ignorant.” Common Core didn’t upwell from society. If Johnny can’t read after society wastes hundreds of thousands of dollars in an education spread over twelve years, thank the crank theories from the elite’s educational colleges.
As further evidence that we are still capable of self-government, consider our presidential election cycle. Party boss elites, not the people, nominated the criminal and traitorous Hillary Clinton. Other elites attempted to impose their will and nominate anyone but Donald Trump. They failed. Despite endless indoctrination from elite government, media, and entertainment, the people are clearly angry and fed up with government as usual.
The mood of the nation borders on rebellion and at its core is disgust with what the Left has done to society. What is needed is leadership to direct national disaffection toward peaceful means to restore free government. Donald Trump has expressed support for a balanced budget amendment which can only emerge from an Article V convention of the states. Since President Trump will be marginalized by the elites in government and media and not be allowed the despotic powers exercised by Obama, he will go over their heads and make his appeals directly to the people. The future of our once great republic depends on a President Trump to promote a convention of the states to rein in the power of a tyrannical government.
We are the many; the elites are the few. Now, it is our turn. Be proactive. Be a Re-Founder. Join Convention of States. Sign the COS Petition
Levin, M. R. (2005). Men in Black – How the Supreme Court is Destroying America. Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc.