Jamelle Bouie Is Wrong about the Constitution

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940 (Wikimedia)
The New York Times columnist misunderstands the Founders’ argument for republican self-government.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE N ew York Times opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie wants the Constitution to serve Americans, not the other way around. It’s difficult to argue with that sentiment — at least in the abstract. The Framers certainly did not. In Federalist No. 45, James Madison, the father of the Constitution, wrote: “Were the plan of the [constitutional] convention adverse to the public happiness, my voice would be, reject the plan.” Indeed, the Framers would not consider their creation sacred — though they would countenance a reverence for the law. The Constitution should receive serious evaluation as to whether it serves the public good,

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