The progressive project: repeal the Constitution

and abolish the Supreme Court!

The real danger to our democratic republic comes not so much from ragtag Proud Boys or tiki torchers as from the education and law schools of our more prestigious universities, where progressive government policy is incubated. It’s all there in an opinion piece that would be considered over the top for John Nichols and The Nation — except that it appears in the Sunday New York Times, the Democrat(ic) party’s accrediting house.

Two law professors — from Harvard and Yale, no less — declare, “It is time to radically alter the basic rules of the game” and “reclaim America from constitutionalism.”  In other words: scrap the Constitution of the United States of America! (Blaska’s three exclamation points of horror: !!!)

Because, write New York Times contributors Ryan Doerfler and Samuel Moyn, “Our current Constitution is inadequate.” It is nothing but “centuries old text.” Past its sell-by date, apparently, like Shakespeare and the Ten Commandments.

Troubled at the Supreme Court’s finding this year that abortion is not a constitutionally guaranteed right, the two law profs propose “packing the union with new states” like the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (They forgot Guam!) From there, eliminate the Electoral College and reduce the Senate “to a mere council of revision.” Doerfler and Moyn condemn both as “impediments to redistributive change.”


“Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the constituents.” James Madison.


Abolishing the court or making it reliant on the legislative branch would allow “liberal legislators [to] make a case for abortion and labor rights … without bothering with the Constitution,” the Harvard and Yale men write, by “insulat[ing] the law from judicial review”! Mindless, the authors appear, of history, such as Brown v. Board of Education (1954) or, for that matter, Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) legitimizing gay marriage.

What these two over-educated idiots don’t get is that the U.S. Constitution is a firewall against majority tyranny; it defends individual rights against the mob. It limits government power. It purposely frustrates the passions of the moment with an upper body a step removed from the popular whim, an executive veto, judicial oversight, and federalism. It is what distinguishes the U.S. from Putin’s Russia and Kim’s North Korea. It promotes federalism: so that if you don’t like Texas politics, you can move to Gavin Newsom’s California.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: There it is: Fodder for the most rabid right-wing conspiracists, right there in print! Makes Josh Hawley and Marjorie Taylor Greene look like Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower.

‘Redistributive change!’
Did YOU smell socialism in their toxic stew!

About David Blaska

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31 Responses to The progressive project: repeal the Constitution

  1. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    In The Gotch’s best Don Corleone voice:

    “Whoever Comes To You Supporting These DESPICABLE Lefties, They’re The Traitors. Don’t Forget That.”

    The Gotch

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  2. Bill Cleary says:

    This does not surprise me. Without knowing or understanding history and why our forefathers wrote the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence these professors have just made the point that just because you are a professor you shouldn’t always be one.

    What these professors lack is education in CT. Critical Thinking.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      I suspect the professors in question are all too aware of American history and the principles of the Constitution and critical thinking. The problem is they’re laboring under the delusion that they’ve got something better to replace them with (i.e., authoritarian socialism). That’s why they’ve dedicated themselves to brainwashing the young people in their care–while being subsidized by their parents’ tax dollars. The scam to end all scams.

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  3. Wm. Tyroler says:

    “What these two over-educated idiots don’t get is that the U.S. Constitution is a firewall against majority tyranny; it defends individual rights against the mob.” I will respectfully disagree with the esteemed blogger. They are vulpine rather than idiotic. As one commentator puts it,

    “I don’t believe it’s the least bit stupid, except in the sense that it reveals too much of the left’s plans too soon, and might alarm people other than those on the right. It’s pernicious rather than stupid, and actually rather clever. Apparently the authors don’t think that alarming moderates by stating radical leftist proposals is much of a problem, because the article certainly calls attention to certain plans of the left if they ever get at least 51 reliable votes in the Senate for it while simultaneously controlling the House and the presidency. Right now they have all those things except for the 51 reliable votes for it, but I believe there are only a couple of holdouts.” (https://www.thenewneo.com/2022/08/22/the-end-of-the-constitution-at-the-hands-of-the-left/).

    And though it may seem unrelated, all the statue-toppling and name-changing may seem absurd, but it’s part of a concerted strategy, preparing the cognitive battle space. Once you establish the idea that the likes of Jefferson and Madison should be dishonored rather than venerated, you establish that their greatest achievement — the Constitution — isn’t worth preserving.

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    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      Despicable Lefty has started to say the quiet part out loud; keep live mics in front of ’em and hope that the fact-based Reality renders a harsh judgement!

      The Gotch

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    • Wm. Tyroler wrote, “Once you establish the idea that the likes of Jefferson and Madison should be dishonored rather than venerated, you establish that their greatest achievement — the Constitution — isn’t worth preserving.”

      I’ve been saying and writing almost that exact same thing for nearly 15 years now.

      Demonizing the authors making them irrelevant so they can then claim that everything the authors did is irrelevant is cognitive dissonance making people stupid works, and here is something specifically discussing that problem, Cognitive Dissonance Also Makes You Stupid: Now NeverTrump Conservatives Are Offended By “1776”.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Amen, brother, amen. You might have added that they’ve managed to teach their students to shout slogans and parrot ideological catchphrases rather than to think like educated adults, but that too is part of the plan.

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    • Mark Lemberger says:

      Well said!.

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  4. This is nothing new but it’s interesting that these two law professors are willing to say outright what many of us already knew, they are pure anti-American and an enemy to the people.

    Sweeping across the United States in the 21st century is a level of hate and irrational hysteria coming from progressives that has never been seen before at any point of our history. Their hate and hysteria is literally targeting things that make the United States of America who we are.

    Modern day progressivism activists hate the United States of America, yes they literally hate (feel intense or passionate dislike for) the USA. They hate that the 1st Amendment applies to everyone, they hate ethical journalism, they hate the concept of innocent until proven guilty, they hate the justice system and anyone or anything that supports it, they hate civility, they hate the police, they hate anyone that opposes their ideology, they hate a Constitution that dares to allow others to oppose their ideology, they hate that our basic freedoms and Liberty allow some people to make more money than others, they hate that those they oppose have any rights, they project a belief in rights for me but not for thee, they hate the fact that equal opportunity doesn’t equate to equal outcomes, they hate our system of education, they hate that all our history (both good and bad) make us what we are today, they hate the status quo, they hate, Hate, HATE. Their hate is a malignant cancer to our society, our way of life i.e. our culture, and our country and their anti-American ideology viewpoints are growing like a cancer across the entire spectrum of our society.

    The core of hate the progressivism activists have shown us is their utter hate for the status quo. It’s as if we as a nation are going through a generational rebellion that’s lasted for 15+ years and run by immature adolescent mentality, if it’s considered the status quo, it’s got a bullseye on it!

    Episode VII: Absurdity In The 21st Century Has Somehow Become “Normal”? e.g. Unwarranted & Unproductive Hate Of The Status Quo

    These progressive activists are using their own liberty and individual rights to destroy the liberty and individual rights of those they oppose and the end result will be that everyone’s liberty and individual rights will be destroyed, including theirs; these people are imbeciles.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Isk from OK said into a mic at one of his campaign events that gays need to be stoned to death. Does this fall into your rant on hate? What say you?

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      • richard lesiak wrote, “Isk from OK said into a mic at one of his campaign events that gays need to be stoned to death. Does this fall into your rant on hate? What say you?”

        Yup, that sounds pretty darn hateful.

        Where is the link to the video to support your claim?

        Who the heck is this “Isk from OK”?

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  5. Ed says:

    Those two law professors (& who greenlighted the piece. Etc…) all have saw dust between the ears.

    Where did they get there education? Correspondence school?

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  6. Montgomery Scott says:

    Our Founding Fathers put a lot of thought into our Constitution with its checks and balances in regard to the 3 branches as well as how the two houses of Congress are set up, how to amend this document, and especially the Electoral College. They foresaw that someone, some day, would come along to try to get around those protections. Is it perfect? No. That is why they wrote in directions on how to amend it with a high bar to amend it. The perfect example – counting slaves as “3/5 of a person” as part of the census for apportioning congressional districts and hence electoral votes as a compromise between the northern and southern Constitutional Convention delegates. This was then changed by an amendment after the Civil War as slavery was made unconstitutional by the 13th Amendment.

    The left would have had a total take over of the Federal government if Bush hadn’t won in 2000 or if Hillary had won in 2016 as they would have stacked the Federal court system from SCOTUS on down with judges ideologically aligned with the hard left. They would have pushed through a ton of radically left legislation designed to strengthen their grip on power to where it where the GOP would be irrelevant. Instead, they constantly harp on the Electoral College when they lose there despite winning the popular vote. Or they complain that the 2 Senators per state penalize CA or NY and over exaggerates the power of states like WY and Alaska, which is exactly why they designed it that way.

    The hard left is frustrated by the restrictions the Constitution lays out because they want the country to be run by essentially a one party dictatorship under their control and this ancient piece of paper stands in their way.

    Scotty

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  7. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    “impediments to REDISTRIBUTIVE CHANGE.” (bolds/caps/italics mine)

    Ever notice how despicable Lefties who advocate for redistribution have nothing to redistribute, or if they do, incuriously exempt it from the divvyin’ up pile?

    The Gotch

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  8. Charles Stern says:

    B Franklin reminds us that we have a Constitutional form of government “only if we keep it. As neither the debates nor the ratification debates are taught in schools anymore, this proposal is not surprising.

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  9. richard lesiak says:

    You can drop the word leftie and insert rightie and you have the same thing.

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    • This comment without referencing what you’re talking about is pure frontier gibberish.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        All the leftie comments made on this blog.

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        • richard lesiak wrote, “You can drop the word leftie and insert rightie and you have the same thing.”

          I challenge that when I wrote, “This comment without referencing what you’re talking about is pure frontier gibberish.”

          richard lesiak wrote, “All the leftie comments made on this blog.”

          Based on one of the two sentences using the word “leftie” on this page, you really do sound like a blithering idiot that has no freaking clue what you’re writing as you troll this blog.

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        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          No truer words were ever spoken, Steve.

          You have correctly observed this many times before, and almost always in reference to laughably nonsensical slobberings cluelessly supplied by the Blogge Idiot:

          “The Difference Between Genius And Stupidity Is Genius has Its Limits.”

          The Gotch

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  10. Bill Cleary says:

    The Gotch,

    “The Difference Between Genius And Stupidity Is Genius has Its Limits.”

    That is a bloody brilliant statement of true fact by Alexandre Dumas.

    When I look at our current crop of progressive/socialist/communist politicians, that quote suits them to a tee. They all think they are smarter than everyone else. They believe that is why they and they alone should run everything. That us serfs should grovel for whatever they hand out to us.

    Thank you for that quote. I will remember that one for a long time.

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    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      You’re too kind, BC; FWIW, an iteration has been loosely ascribed to A. Einstein.

      Anywho, the H/T for that goes to Steve Witherspoon, whose deft usage has accurately identified those who, without fail, display…um…limitlessness….

      The Gotch

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  11. Mordecai The Red says:

    Anyone who cares about preserving the ideals that this country was founded upon should immediately declare open war on mindsets like those in this op-ed. More proof that the NYT is a thinly-veiled propaganda arm for hard leftists and that they’re increasingly brazen about it. Revealing that they’ll give a voice to couple unknown professors who want to destroy the foundation of this country, but not to a sitting senator who suggests stomping out urban terrorism by military force if local law enforcement can’t or won’t.

    I have a couple deceased family members that fought through the horrors of WWII. I’m glad they died before they could see this tripe. And if they somehow can anyway, I’m sure they are retching in their graves.

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  12. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Despicable Lefty has started to say the quiet part out loud 2.0:

    Despicable Lefty Gives Away The Game Ahead Of Mid Term Elections

    The Gotch

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  13. Mark Lemberger says:

    Then let this fight start now. These Lefties only have to posit a real plan to amend or replace the Constitution. Shouldn’t be hard to think and write better than a few dead white guys.
    Go ahead gentlemen.

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