Ron Paul vs Rick Santorum

Doug Wilson has a gift for writing, one that he has honed for years.  He also has a great gift of looking at things from a fresh angle which in turn helps me think more thoroughly on subjects.  With the election looming I have many points where I am undecided and found much help in this article of his.  Here is an excerpt (but I would read the whole thing):

John Adams once said that our Constitution presupposes a moral and a religious people. It is wholly unfit, he said, for any other. Now how can this help us sort out our discussions of Rick Santorum and Ron Paul?

Let us set aside (for a moment) what I think folks in our circles would agree to be lapses in judgment on the part of both men. Rick Santorum shouldn’t have voted for No Child Left Behind, team or no team, and Ron Paul shouldn’t have supported the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell for the American military. Let’s deal with these men at their best, as representatives of two different tactical approaches to fixing the mess that America has gotten into.

Using the terms in a similar way that they were used in the debates about ratifying the Constitution in the first place, let’s call them the federalist and anti-federalist approaches. The anti-federalists were suspicious of centralization, and it was their pressure that caused the Bill of Rights to be added to the Constitution.

Anybody who has followed this blog for any length of time knows that when it comes to questions of constitutional process, I am an anti-federalist to the back teeth, as is Ron Paul. Rick Santorum, not so much. So why, then, am I as sympathetic to Santorum as I have been, and as semi-critical of Paul as I have been? What’s with that, hey?

It has to do with the fact that, according to John Adams (who expresses my sentiments at this point very well), the Constitution is “wholly unfit” for the American people as we currently are. Wholly unfit is a pretty damning indictment.”

About Matt Henry

Middle-aged pastor trying to figure out how to be missional in his world. Loves his wife, his children, and his dog Bear. I have a love of woodworking even though woodworking doesn't always love me. The name is xagete but is pronounced exegete.

Posted on March 12, 2012, in Politics and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I guess Hillsdale College has a free online course about the Constitution. I was thinking about checking into it.

  2. I don’t know if it is still available Bruce, though it is worth checking into. When they offered it the last time it was massively attended.

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