History

Constitutional Originalism

Over the last decades, certain conservative political and legal activists have been very effective in selling a vision of the original Constitution as (1) basically perfect and (2) perfectly clear. From this perspective, the only modern approaches to the Constitution are to either (a) maintain it or (b) degrade it.┬áThis perspective has been effective in…

Christian Conservatism, Part II

Grant’s comment on my previous post reminded me of another area of disagreement with conservative Christians that is worth highlighting: I am comfortable with government as an instrument of our communal values and efforts in aiding others. If we as a group of citizenry feel a desire to help “the poor, downtrodden, sick, disadvantaged” (in…