The Democratic Party has Become the anti-Constitution Party


The following piece was written by Mackubin Thomas Owens, a monthly contributor to the Providence Journal, who is a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, in Philadelphia, and editor of its journal, Orbis.

I was raised a Democrat. My parents, like most people of their generation (Depression and World War II), were Roosevelt Democrats. I, like most of their children, followed in their footsteps.

The first election in which I could vote was 1968 (the voting age was still 21) and I voted for Hubert Humphrey. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for either Richard Nixon or George McGovern in 1972, but I did vote for Jimmy Carter in 1976. Carter turned me into a Republican. As Ronald Reagan said, I did not leave the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party left me.

But despite my estrangement from the Democrats at the time, there was still room in the party for a Scoop Jackson, a Sam Nunn, and a Phil Gramm. It claimed the mantle of the middle and working classes. It was anti-communist and patriotic. It was committed to free speech and freedom of religion. But those days are long gone. Today’s party would have no place for John Kennedy.

It is now the party of rich bi-coastal liberals who disparage those who grow their food and make things work — the “deplorables” clinging to their guns and religion. It is the party of dueling victimization narratives (mirror, mirror, on the wall/who is the most oppressed of all?). It is the party of blatant anti-Semitism. It is the party of unrestricted abortion against which no opposition will be tolerated. It is the party of socialist policies that have destroyed prosperity across the globe.

The clearest example of this last point is the party’s opposition to the provision of abundant and relatively cheap energy as a generator of economic growth. Thanks to technological innovations such as fracturing (fracking) and multi-directional drilling, the United States is now the number one producer of natural gas and oil in the world.

But this was despite the policies of the Obama administration, which, in thrall of the radical environmentalists and “green” energy, rent-seeking, crony capitalists, engaged in nothing short of a war on oil, gas and coal. But the Democratic Party has now gone farther, with fealty to the “Green New Deal” a requirement for any Democrat with presidential aspirations.

Even more distressing is the sad fact that the Democratic Party has become the anti-Constitution party. Of course, progressives, who have long dominated the Democratic Party, have never been fond of the Constitution as drafted by the Founders. The latter saw it as a framework for sharing power within a republican government, the only form of government capable of protecting the liberty and natural rights of citizens.

Founding progressives such as Woodrow Wilson, on the other hand, saw the Constitution, with its separation of powers and federalism, as an obstacle to their enterprise of using government to solve the country’s social problems. Its checks and balances could not accommodate the necessary new programs and agencies. But the progressives nonetheless paid obeisance to the document, arguing only that its interpretation must change with the times. It was to be a “living” constitution.

But now the Democrats are going further, happily attacking the Constitution itself: it is, they contend, not sufficiently “democratic,” as illustrated by such elements as the Electoral College and the makeup of the Senate, in which each state, no matter how large or small, gets two senators.

The Democratic Party was pulled sharply to the left during the Obama administration. It is poised to shift even more in this direction in 2020. The question is whether a Democratic candidate who is acceptable to the party’s radical base, as represented by such individuals as Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, can appeal to a broad, national, constitutional majority, as required by our system. I don’t think so.


Do the Dems even still have a ‘broad, national, constitutional majority’? I’m not hearing any of them talk about getting back to the Constitution or moving closer to the center. The only ones who talk are the nutjob freshmen and the old geezers who want to impeach the President at all cost, and think we should apologize to RashidaTlaib for disputing her Holocaust statement.

If you listen to the celebrities and other Dem supporters you’ll hear the same radical garbage from them that’s being spewed from the Dems in Congress, so if they have a constitutional majority, they’re not speaking up.

The author, Mr. Owens, wrote a good summation of the degeneration of the Democrat party, but he might have missed it on that point – they look pretty splintered up right now. That may prove to be good for Trump, but he’ll have to dodge a lot more of the lies and insults tossed at him.


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  1. There was a Founding Father-esque Republican who made the Constitution the center of his campaign who ran for President in 2008 & 2012…90% of Conservative Primary voters rejected him.

    Conservatives need to shut up & stop pretending they give a damn about the things they claim to.


  2. The anti-Constitution party is what I call the Uniparty, for it involves movers and shakers from both of the well known major parties.

    Better yet, just cut thru the haze and call it as it is. The anti-constitutionalists were and are the Progressives, which first came to prominence in the latter part of the 1800s, as industrialization took hold. They were, and are, enamored of the efficiency of the state of war governance, first shown by Lincoln. Thus the near permanent state of war that has evolved over the last century, and the various “War on _X_” scenarios we’ve seen domestically as well.

    The Progressives were quite open about dismantling the strictures of the written Constitution, and replacing it with the efficiency of the Administrative State. Both Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson were adamant admirers of such concepts. They thereby create the novelty of the “living constitution” whereby you got the Orwellian concept that words mean what we want them to mean, and sentence structure is not indicative of the intent and meaning of the authors.

    These “heroes” were all traitors, for they sought to overthrow our constitutional system of government. The same chicanery has continued to this day, with the Bushes, Clinton, and Obama maintaining the charade of patriotism, but deliberately rending the fabric of the Constitution.

    POTUS Trump is providing, at present, only a temporary respite. He can only accomplish a genuine shift to reinstitution of constitutional governance by his reelection with strong supportive legislative majorities. He is doing well with his judicial reshaping, and a reelection would allow him an historic reorientation of the Judiciary that would be quite durable.

    More than a few criminal convictions and judicial impeachments or deaths, natural or by execution, would be in order as well!

    In this project, I wish him Godspeed!


    • Trump has made great strides in righting the courts, but that’s something he’s been able do almost single-handed, but we would need several decades of like-minded presidents to get back to a true constitutional government. We’d also need to replace our senators and reps with real patriots instead of the greedy career politicians we have on both sides of the aisle.


  3. I think they’ve been “anti-Constitution” since the days of FDR, with his socialist New Deal schemes.

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    • Agreed, and these guys today make FDR’s Dems look like amateurs. They’ve gone so far left, it’s like they’re trying to outdo each other.


  4. Excellent article, Kathy.

    I am at once reminded of this FRIGHTENING quote from the mouth of Senator Barack Obama in 2001:

    “The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And to that extent, as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, as least as it’s been interpreted, and [sic] Warren Court interpreted in the same way that, generally, the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.”

    Even in today’s rabidly leftist atmosphere I can hardly imagine anything as contrary to the very spirit of our Constitution than what Obama said, yet only in the most conservative publications was notice ever taken and the alarm ever sounded.

    Obama was actually bemoaning the fact that the Constitution merely protects your liberties and shields you from the tyranny of government, but doesn’t allow the government to arbitrarily decide what it will forcibly take from you in the interests of “economic justice.” It’s UNBELIEVABLE to think that anyone who uttered such words would become POTUS, but thanks to the complicit leftwing press, that’s exactly what happened. So we shouldn’t be surprised that the opportunists on the Left are seizing the moment to try and further nullify the Constitution.

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    • During his reign of terror, Obama chipped away at the Constitution (actually he hacked it to pieces) every time he saw an opportunity, and the Dems are now taking it to the next level. They’re claiming everything from abortions to a $15 minimum wage to transgenderism is a right and discounting all the rights we do have.

      Everywhere you look there are restrictions on free speech, guns, you name it. How long until we no longer recognize our own country? I’d say it’s damn close now.

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