H/t to Laurence Auster, a refreshingly honest statement of the elite’s true opinion about our system of government, from a constitutional law professor no less!
The rule has generally been they are supposed to at least be a little subtle about these things. They have always been pretty clear they will do what they want as they see fit, but have mostly used such polite euphemisms as “the living constitution” or more bare dodges like “critical legal theory”.
The prop comedian Gallagher had a bit about how sometimes you should just say something is dumb. Seidman has just come out and said the Constitution is dumb. The idea that it’s a document composed by rich white slave owners and thus is of no account is commonplace among leftists but law professors aren’t supposed to say this.
But at least a law professor has come out and said that we live under the arbitrary rule of law professors and judges, and that this rule should be even more arbitrary- whatever the good people think it should be.
Such open contempt for the law is a sign of a period of leftist ascendancy. Is today such a period? Mainstream conservatives probably don’t think so. They seem to think the Obama presidency is an embarrassing anomaly and the Tea Party will soon ride to the rescue.
I on the other hand think there are a lot of parallels with the 60’s. There was a very liberal president, but he was not liberal enough. There was a war that nobody knew how to end. The left had cultural initiative. The difference now is that instead of Nixon after Johnson, a slightly less liberal replacing a liberal, we have Obama replacing Bush, a strong liberal replacing a moderate liberal. For all the crisis in leftist institutions, their power is completely unchallenged.