Take Them At Their Word

There is a conservative ideology called “originalism”, which presupposes that the practitioners of this ideology know the original intent of the founders of our nation, and that the original intent of the founders is sacred and should be immutable.

Now, this ideology is ridiculous on the very face of it.  First off, the sacred founding fathers had slaves, and it would be hard for these true believers to argue that we should return to this original principle of the founders.  Secondly, the founding fathers built into their original blueprint for our country a means for amending their design – meaning they knew they did not possess the final word on what our nation should become.

We could twist ourselves in knots over this for hours – the founders word was immutable, and their immutable word was that their words were indeed mutable.  Which means they could be wrong.  If they were wrong, they were wrong about their word being mutable, therefore their words were sacred.  Their sacred immutable words were that their words were indeed mutable.. and so on and so on and so on.

But let’s take these Originalists at their word: they believe what the founders said was totally true and correct.

These same Originalists also say that government is a bad thing, even going so far as saying they wanted to get government down to the size that it could be drowned in a bathtub, and then drown it in a bathtub (metaphorically speaking, of course).

If I remember correctly (and I do), someone once said that government should be “of the people by the people, and for the people”.  Gee, I wonder who it could have been.  Could it have been the founding fathers the originalists so revere?  The ones that designed a government fo the people, by the people and for the people?

By that logic then, these originalists, who believe the original intent of the founders to be the gospel of our nation, they want to drown America in a bathtub (metaphorically speaking).

Just sayin’.



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