The Corner

The one and only.

Sowell, the Candidates, and the Constitution


Today on Uncommon Knowledge, Thomas Sowell, A Conflict of Visions, and constitutional law.

The constrained vision of constitutional law?  Simple.  Judges should abide by the constitution itself.  The unconstrained vision?  “This is the notion,” Sowell explains, “that we need someone to come along and update the law from his own intellectual resources rather then from the actual experience of millions of people in generation after generation.”

John McCain represents the constrained vision.  Barack Obama?  The unconstrained–and how.  Obama, Sowell argues, holds “that somehow or other people with judicial robes on can just decide these things [constitutional questions] ad hoc.”

Watch here.


Sign up for free NR e-mails today:

Subscribe to National Review