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America’s Pre-Revolutionary Condition Pt. 3

February 5, 2022

We concluded Part 2 in this discussion with the question, “Does the Republican Party no longer accept Democracy?”

We asked that in response to an opinion essay by Ross Douthat published in The New York Times on February 2. In that essay titled “So, You Think the Republican Party No Longer Represents the People,” Douthat reflects on an assertion of former Obama Administration speechwriter Ben Rhodes, published in The Atlantic for January 28, that “One major political party no longer accepts democracy.”

Douthat is a conservative thinker who is retained as an opinion writer in a prestigious New York daily because he is “connected” to Republican operatives and can comment on political events occurring before they become public.

Indeed, on February 3 the chief pooh-bahs of the Republican National Committee, displaying ignorance of Constitutional law and views of non-pooh-bahs of registered GOP voters, in private, ruled that the invasion of the Capitol on January 6 was “legitimate political discourse.”

New York Times reporters, Jonathan Weisman and Reid J. Epstein, reported that “The Republican Party on Friday officially declared the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and events that led to it “legitimate political discourse,” and rebuked two lawmakers in the party who have been most outspoken in condemning the deadly riot and the role of Donald J. Trump in spreading the election lies that fueled it.”

In the “old days,” when I was a college teacher, every Department of Political Science offered a course as an introduction to Constitutional Law. Many took the course because they were “Pre-law” and expected to go to law school.

For those of us who entered Grad School to study political theory, “Con Law” was the closest to political philosophy we could find outside a “theory” course. And most of us made “Con Law” one of the areas in which we were examined in “Orals,” a rigorous series of questioning about the subjects we had mastered in Grad School. By completing “Con Law, we could expect to teach Constitutional Law in our first teaching positions.

Many of us taught at Liberal Arts colleges where we had three “Preps” every semester and we found that preparing to teach Constitutional Law took lots of preparation.  We often taught that course only every other year and we had to review all the Supreme Court opinions that had been written since we last taught that course. I did that five times over the ten years I taught Con Law I & II and, each time, I was enriched by the experience.

Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito were my favorite Supreme Court Justices and I was present when Mr. Justices Scalia and Alito gave public lectures. My one regret is that Con Law cannot be taught at a distance. It relies on personal and immediate interaction between an instructor and students. Only one of my colleagues created an effective online course in Con Law, Dr. William Miller, now retired from teaching Politics at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Dr. William Miller received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy, with a minor in English literature, from Gettysburg College. He subsequently went to Notre Dame where he was a student of Gerhart Niemeyer and Charles Rice and received his doctorate in  Government and International Studies and his law degree. Dr. Miller taught a course in “Modern Ideology” for Yorktown University that I founded in 2000 and you can listen to an archived recording from that course in which Dr. Miller introduces his subject and explains the importance of understanding the nature of modern ideology and millenarian ideology.

But, I digress.

These members of the Republican National Committee, revealing that they, like the barbarian former President, Donald Trump, are ignorant of American Constitutional Law, have impaired the short and long term prospects of the GOP. They should resign—immediately.

Failing to do that, registered Republican voters should change their Party registration to “Independent” and work together to create a national Conservative Party and compete with the “Trump Party.”

Current Republican National Committee members

StateChairpersons
AlabamaJohn WahlPaul ReynoldsVicki Drummond
AlaskaAnn S. BrownMike TauriainenCynthia Henry
American SamoaWill SwordFrank BarronAmata Radewagen
ArizonaKelli WardTyler BowyerLori Klein Corbin
ArkansasJonelle FulmerJonathan BarnettMindy McAlindon
CaliforniaJessica PattersonShawn SteelHarmeet Dhillon
ColoradoKristi Burton BrownRandy CorporonVera Ortegon
ConnecticutBen ProtoJohn H. FreyLeora Levy
DelawareJane BradyHank McCannMary McCrossan
District of ColumbiaPatrick MaraJosé CunninghamAshley MacLeay
FloridaJoe GrutersPeter FeamanKathleen King
GeorgiaDavid ShaferJason ThompsonGinger Howard
GuamJuan Carlos BenitezEddie Baza CalvoShelly Gibson
HawaiiSigne Godfrey[30]Gene WardLaura Nakanelua
IdahoTom LunaDamond WatkinsCindy Siddoway
IllinoisDon TracyRichard PorterDemetra DeMonte
IndianaKyle HupferJohn HammondAnne Hathaway
IowaJeff KaufmannSteve SchefflerTamara Scott
KansasMike KuckelmanMark KahrsKim Borchers
KentuckyMac BrownMike DuncanKC Crosbie
LouisianaLouis GurvichRoger VillereLenar Whitney
MaineDemi KouzounasJoshua TardyEllie Espling
MarylandDirk HaireDavid BossieNicolee Ambrose
MassachusettsJim LyonsRon KaufmanJanet Fogarty
MichiganRon WeiserRobert SteeleKathy Berden
MinnesotaDavid HannAlex Plechash[31]Barb Sutter
MississippiFrank BordeauxHenry BarbourJeanne C. Luckey
MissouriNick MyersGordon KinneCarrie Almond
MontanaDon KaltschmidtArt WittichDebra Lamm
NebraskaDan WelchJ.L. SprayLydia Brasch
NevadaMichael McDonaldJames DeGraffenreidMichele Fiore
New HampshireStephen StepanekChris AgerJuliana Bergeron
New JerseyBob HuginBill PalatucciVirginia Haines
New MexicoSteve PearceJim TownsendTina Dziuk
New YorkNick LangworthyCharles P. JoyceJennifer Rich
North CarolinaMichael WhatleyEd BroyhillKyshia Lineberger
North DakotaPerrie SchaferShane GoettleLori Hinz
Northern Mariana IslandsJames A. AdaDiego BenaventeNadine Deleon Guerrero
OhioRobert PaduchikJim DickeJo Ann Davidson
OklahomaJohn BennettSteve CurryPam Pollard
OregonDallas HeardSolomon Yue, Jr.Tracy Honl
PennsylvaniaLawrence TabasAndy ReillyChristine Jack Toretti
Puerto RicoAngel CintrónLuis FortuñoZoraida “Zori” Fonalledas
Rhode IslandSue CienkiSteve FriasLee Ann Sennick
South CarolinaDrew McKissickGlenn McCallCindy Costa
South DakotaDan LedermanRied HolienSandye Kading
TennesseeScott GoldenOscar BrockBeth Campbell
TexasMatt RinaldiRobin ArmstrongToni Anne Dashiell
US Virgin Islands[32]John CanegataJevon WilliamsLilliana Belardo de O’Neal
UtahCarson JorgensonBruce HoughAnne-Marie Lampropoulos
VermontDeb BilladoJay ShepardSuzanne Butterfield
VirginiaRich AndersonMorton BlackwellPatti Lyman
WashingtonCaleb HeimlichJeff KentMarlene Pfiefer
West VirginiaMark HarrisLarry PackBeth Bloch
WisconsinPaul FarrowTom SchreibelMaripat Krueger
WyomingFrank EathorneCorey SteinmetzHarriet Hageman[33]
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