America Flexing Its Muscles

I am very encouraged by the current debate in the Supreme Court over Obamacare.  Ordinary citizens, all over the nation, are beginning to feel comfortable discussing the Constitution of the United States, and that strikes me as a remarkable step backward.  Now stop laughing. That was neither a joke nor a typo.  When I say a step backward, I mean American citizens today are following in the footsteps of other Americans who, during the debate over the then radically new idea of a national constitution in 1788, drafted scores of essays and letters to newspapers to give vent to their opinions on the matter.  Many of the concerns of these earliest Americans were addressed in the Bill of Rights. Forty years later, Alexis de Tocqueville, in his book Democracy in America, noted: The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults. The current argument over Obamacare before the Supreme Court is...(Read Full Post)