The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous corruption of American power and influence.
Somewhere, somehow, we had it embedded in our national psyche that we must celebrate our national independence and liberty with explosions and flame. You can blame John Adams, then a signer of the Declaration of Independence and later second president of the United States, for supplying the justification. This he wrote to wife Abigail regarding the day of independence. You probably have seen it many times: “It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with ...
In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention’s prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 “language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders.” He knew that the purport of the text would evolve “with the changeable meaning of the words composing it.”
What do you say to someone who just lost their house? Is there some small gesture, some kindness that might help? The usual condolences don’t seem to suffice. Their home, something central to their life and identity, has been erased. The artifacts of their life history have mostly disappeared. Just the memories remain. “I’m so sorry for your loss,” doesn’t rise very high.
Conservatives are dismayed about the Supreme Court’s complicity in rewriting the Affordable Care Act — its ratification of the IRS’ disregard of the statute’s plain and purposeful language. But they have contributed to this outcome. Their decades of populist praise of judicial deference to the political branches has borne this sour fruit.