The Failure of Constitutional Government

America often touts its constitutional tradition, but it hasn’t been afraid to disregard it in times of crisis.

The Failure of Constitutional Government

by Eric King


The United States, at multiple stages during its history, has faced crises to the security of the nation and the safety of its people. During each of these crises, the American model of constitutional government has failed. It has only been through unconstitutional, authoritarian methods that the American government has weathered these crises. In other words, the United States government has only been able to survive by contradicting its constitutional principles.

Think about all of the “great” American presidents. Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Wilson, George Washington, and so on. They are the presidents who violated the Constitution the most. Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus in 1863, and severely restricted the 1st and 4th amendments to the Constitution during the Civil War. FDR completely changed the structure of government. He expanded the federal government to reach far beyond anything imagined in the Constitution and made the Supreme Court his lackey, filling it with people who would approve his authoritarian social programs. He sent the entire Japanese-American population into camps during World War II, and he is still loved by the left to this day. Wilson jailed communists and socialists under the espionage act, created a secret police network that later became the FBI, and sent the American government to go after the German-American population during the First World War. George Washington violated every principle of the American revolution in putting down the Whiskey Rebellion, a local matter, with the iron fist of the federal government. All of these “great men” faced crises and all of these men found Constitutional government to be inadequate in dealing with the crises that they faced.

There is a reason why democracies and representational forms of government have been so rare and so short-lived throughout history. When wars come, most men want a strong man to be leading their country. Democracy and so called “democratic norms” count for nothing when the bullets start flying. The American people, for some reason, love an authoritarian leader during a crisis but will not tolerate authoritarianism in peace time. This has always puzzled me to some degree, but it is the character of my nation.

The failure of constitutional government to hold up during a crisis is one type of failure, but another, ongoing failure has been the failure of constitutional government to defend the ethnic identity of it’s citizens against foreign invaders. There is an inherent flaw within the structure of constitutional government, at least in the way that America has envisioned it, which is that constitutional government is not concerned with blood and soil but only with adherence to it’s abstract contract, it’s constitution. Constitutional government attempts to define the people and the nation not by race or by culture but by adherence to this contract. In this sense, constitutional government doesn’t necessarily see millions of Africans and Arabs flooding into Europe as a threat, but rather a new population that it can integrate into the values of constitutionalism.  Constitutional government sets out no explicit structure for the protection of the very people that created it to begin with, white Europeans. In fact, the constraining power of constitutional government does it’s best to prevent the best of men from truly doing what is necessary to protect their country.

In 1920, a series of mass raids happened across America that would amount to the largest mass arrest in American history. They became known as the Palmer raids, even though it was J. Edgar Hoover who organized them. The raids arrested somewhere between six and ten thousand communists and radicals on the single charge of sedition. Hoover was attempting to preempt a communist revolution before it could happen. He knew that with the large number of labor strikes going on across the country and with anarchists setting off bombs every other week, the communists could very easily take advantage of this situation to spark a revolution. The arrests worked. They sent the communists underground and had them quaking in their boots, afraid to take any political action at all, covert or public. But then, a bunch of federal judges decided that the Bureau of Investigation had violated the civil liberties of the communists that Hoover had arrested. So they began challenging thousands of these cases and halted the deportation proceedings of these foreign radicals. What Hoover did was necessary and it was unconstitutional. He was looking out for the American people, but constitutional restraints prevented him from fully doing his job.  Learning about this history made it clear to me that the problem of constitutional government goes much deeper than just our modern clown world.

At the end of the day, the Constitution of the United States and liberal constitutions across the West, give far too many protections to groups and people who want to destroy the very nation that these constitutions are meant to govern and protect.  Constitutionalism sometimes puts the rights of the outsider above the rights of the in-group and in that sense it is the ultimate expression of the Jewish critique. This is the primary contradiction of American constitutional government; it protects and shields the very people who wish to destroy it. It protects the rights of the communist who advocates for its violent overthrow. American Constitutional government is cuckservatism. In a very real sense, the cuckservatives actually are the defenders of the American tradition of government and that is the problem. That is why the men that we most admire, on both the right and the left, were men who were willing to become dictators.

I think it is time to recognize that constitutional government is not fit for purpose in the modern world. That we, as a people, must “institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Eric King
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