I’ve grown weary of people like Cruz proclaiming their love for the Constitution while seeming to despise not only much of what it says but the way it came to be. Where will we find, for example, the Constitutional justification for the Senate vowing not to consider a presidential nomination for the Supreme Court?
So for the last several weeks I’ve been studying both the Constitution and especially the process by which it came to be. One conviction has become quite clear to me: If people like Ted Cruz had been in the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, there would be no United States of America.
The Constitution is the the fruit of more compromises by highly principled people than we can count. Those who consider compromise to be un-American are entirely without a clue what it means to be an American. We as a people are born of compromise. it lies at the very heart of the American way.
The last speaker at the Convention was old Benjamin Franklin. He said, “I confess that I do not entirely approve of the Constitution at present.” “. . .the older I grow the more apt I am to doubt my own Judgment and the pay more respect to the Judgment of others.” “In these Sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its Faults. . .”
One of the wisest men in American history spoke with this humility and thus expressed that spirit of compromise which marked every conclusion reached by those at the Convention. Ted Cruz is no Ben Franklin. Mitch McConnell is no Ben Franklin. Woe unto us that we have such leaders!