I suppose that Jonah Goldberg is at least to be commended for this most accurate depiction of what constitutions really are–or at least eventually become.
This, via Drizzten, and you ought to head over and read his Spooner quote–if not the whole Spooner essay which he links to. It’s a classic ‘must-read’ for everyone, especially those who harbor sacred notions regarding the US Constitution.
Googling the Chesterton quote yielded the following:
"Tradition means giving a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead." Chesterton goes on to say: "Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father."
OK, so it’s mostly crap. What else would you expect from someone who "…also argued against both socialism and capitalism and showed why they have both been the enemies of freedom and justice in modern society"?
So there you have it. Imagine yourselves. You embrace a political philosophy–democracy–and find that not only are you at the mercy of the mob, but also of those who died over 200 years ago–when bloodletting was still in vogue. Isn’t it all just so wonderful?
And don’t misunderstand. I am far less opposed to the actual basic content of the U.S. Constitution than I am with the very idea that some ancient document somehow–magically–binds me in any way. In fact, if the actual original content and meaning of the U.S. Constitution were actually followed without equivocation, there’s a good chance I’d have just kept quiet all these years. Instead, we have the worst of possible scenarios: a document we’re all subject to by threat of force, that we’re unable to reject or modify outside of the most laborious and unlikely process, but yet can be "interpreted" to mean virtually anything by an elite tribunal of lifetime appointees selected for their skill in obfuscating truth (legal "opinions") in the interest of popular politics.
The U.S. Constitution is quite likely the worst thing that ever happened to America. It took what America was supposed to be, from The Declaration of Independence, and destroyed it.