I love it when people agree with me…

Playwright David Mamet has experienced a change of mind. Rebuffing Anne Frank and his own liberal dogma, Mamet notes that

"the Constitution, rather than suggesting that all behave in a godlike manner, recognizes that, to the contrary, people are swine and will take any opportunity to subvert any agreement in order to pursue what they consider to be their proper interests."

(Or, more poetically, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9) He goes on to acknowledge the local, temporal blessing those of us in the USA enjoy: a form of government well adapted to this observable truth.

"The Constitution, written by men with some experience of actual government, assumes that the chief executive will work to be king, the Parliament will scheme to sell off the silverware, and the judiciary will consider itself Olympian and do everything it can to much improve (destroy) the work of the other two branches. So the Constitution pits them against each other, in the attempt not to achieve stasis, but rather to allow for the constant corrections necessary to prevent one branch from getting too much power for too long."

For more on how we fumbled our way into this constitution, I heartily recommend Joseph Ellis’s American Creation.

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