News to Ponder (Various Sources)

 

U.S. Loses $19 Billion in Afghanistan Reconstruction Funds to Fraud, Waste, Abuse

Co-produced by the Unreported Story Society and Tom Fitton’s Judicial Watch, the ObamaGate Movie exposes the Deep State plot to undermine the Trump candidacy and presidency and it reveals the lies behind the fake Russia Collusion narrative.

The ObamaGate movie is a verbatim play that was filmed “Hamilton style” in Los Angeles on the Comedy Central stage at the Hudson Theater. It stars Dean Cain (Superman), Kristy Swanson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), and John James (Dynasty).

The film’s script is unusual in that it is completely verbatim and consists of the text messages, declassified files, congressional and court transcripts, tweets, and statements of top government and FBI officials. And it also features the embarrassing and conspiratorial text messages of “FBI Lovebirds” Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Obamagate also features appearances by James Comey and the Obama CIA Chief James Brennan and their cringeworthy tweets read aloud.

SEE THE MOVIE HERE ON YOUTUBE


7 Big Items on Biden’s White House Agenda

America Can’t Let This Lesson From the 2020 Election Go to Waste

It’s Time to Elect Civility

Election Wins and Losses for Pro-Life Movement

Brands Are Virtue-Signaling Progressive Values to Kids

We Must Have Election Results We Can Trust

Heritage Experts Give a Rundown of Legal Battles Across the Country

What Lies Ahead for America?


The Coming Purge if Trump Loses

The True Deplorables

‘Cheaters Never Win’?

How Trump’s 1776 Commission Can End America’s Zombie Education Apocalypse

It’s possible that 2020’s election fraud is way bigger than we thought

A liberal journal exposes Fauci


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashes out at Democratic Party, hints at quitting politics

Georgia sec of state dispatches investigators after ‘issue’ discovered with Fulton County ballots

Brutal new ad uses Chuck Schumer’s own words against him as control of Senate hinges on Georgia runoffs

BLM and anarchist groups call to ‘burn it down,’ berate Biden supporters: ‘You are a bunch of fools!’


Conservative Freedom Network

Michelle Obama Demonizes 70 Million Americans Who Voted Trump

Dismantling Democratic Socialism

Dem Rep. Cleaver: If We Want To Prevent A Split In The Country

A Vengeful Jennifer Rubin

Demon’s Guide to the Election – How C.S. Lewis Addressed National Division

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Today’s BreakPoint: Demon’s Guide to the Election – How C.S. Lewis Addressed National Division

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VOTER (CHRISTIAN) GUIDES

Personally I do not understand how anyone especially someone calling themselves a “Christian” could ever vote for the democratic Biden/Harris ticket. 

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The Boston Globe

Unlike those opposed to Trump it is not about personalities, I do not dislike them, I don’t even know them. What I do know is what they stand for, what their party stands for and that is as anti-biblical and anti-christian as it gets (so far). My vote MUST be biblically guided or I am not a true Christian. 

Here are some biblical voter resources:

 

News to Ponder (Various Sources)

Today’s Headlines (my interpretation): CA Exodus, Packing SCOTUS, Kamala Art, Education & Marxism, Communism vs. Christianity, A new Declaration of Independence, SCOTUS Hearings, 

TOP STORY:  Biden still confused as ever.

As always; these are opinion and news pieces mainly from a conservative constitutionalist view and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs, doctrine and views of this ministry or any individual associated with it. They are provided for and intended for individuals to be able to read and form their own opinions and views on issues at hand. (Sad that we even have to explain this!)


VIDEO: Student gets assaulted and spit on for supporting Trump — but refuses to give up his MAGA hat

Staten Island GOP hoodwinks Trump rally saboteurs into donating thousands to Republican Party

Jake Tapper schools top Biden official with constitutional lesson for defending false claim from Biden

Amy Coney Barrett’s opening statement is out, and liberals are already outraged

Top WHO official to world leaders: ‘Stop using lockdowns’ to control COVID; ‘Terrible, ghastly, global catastrophe’

Critical swing voters in battleground state reveal why Kamala Harris helps Trump’s re-election chances

Woman says Southwest Airlines staff refused to board her over ‘lewd, obscene, and offensive’ shirt that exposed much of her chest

(UPDATED) 1 dead, man in custody after fatal shooting in Denver near ‘Patriot Rally’ and ‘BLM-Antifa’ counter-protest

Biden snaps over court-packing question, says voters don’t deserve know his stance on packing Supreme Court

Chris Christie released from hospital following COVID-19 diagnosis, treatment with remdesivir

Washington AG fires investigator who stiffed a waitress on a tip for wearing a Black Lives Matter pin

North Korea reportedly flaunts new ‘monster’ ICBM at showy military parade — and some analysts believe it could be one of the world’s largest ballistic missiles

Bill Maher confronts Adam Schiff about mass exodus from California, cites Joe Rogan and Ben Shapiro

 


Conservative Freedom Network

NYT Reporter: Kamala Harris Told Me She was open to packing SCOTUS

Celebrities Get Naked To Tell People To Vote

When Being Pro-Trump Is Worse

Biden Tweets Debunked Charlottesville ‘Very Fine People’ Hoax

State Senator To Introduce Legislation for safe injection sites

Lori Lightfoot On Whitmer Kidnapping Plot


Trump Confirms: Democrat Party Facing Fiery End

Deep State Blocks Russia Hoax Oversight — But Didn’t Expect This

Leftists Are Desperate To Discredit Trump’s Life-Saving COVID Treatment

Kamala-Inspired Art Is Going Viral — And She’s Furious


Lift up the Rocks and See the Snakes

Cancel Culture in Bayonne, New Jersey

Corey Lewandowski on Donald Trump

France Cracks Down on Everyone to Avoid Singling Out Islamic Terrorism

How Modern Education Makes Good Little Marxists

Strangers in our Homeland

Why Communism is Compelled to Destroy Christianity

Looking beyond the polls, there continue to be signs that Trump will win

Biden: Voters have no right to know his position on court-packing

San Francisco reminds us why we have anti-drug laws

Sen. Lee reminds us: this is a Republic, not a democracy

Towards a new kind of declaration of independence


 

100PercentFedUp.com

Breaking: Chuck Schumer and Kamala Harris Push Demands Before Amy Coney Barrett Hearings

ABC Anchor Questions Biden Campaign Co-Chair on Biden Raising Taxes: “In fact, middle income earners…will see an increase” in their taxes under Biden

Former Dem Leo Terrell Calls Out Biased Fox News Anchor Arthel Neville: “I suggest you hide your Democratic support for Joe Biden while broadcasting on Fox News”

Local News ‘Bodyguard’ Shoots and Kills Denver Pro-Police “Patriot Rally” Attendee

Video: Joe Biden on Telling Voters his Position on Court Packing: “No, they don’t deserve” to know

Tucker Carlson Warns About Biden/Harris Plan to “Completely Change Our American form of Government”

Wife Of Deceased Never-Trump Senator Who Passed Fake Russian Dossier To FBI, Endorses Joe Biden

Joe Biden Endorsed Democrat Gov John Carney (DE) Pardoned Career Criminal Behind Alleged Plot To Kidnap MI Gov Whitmer In 2019

Confused Joe Biden Tells Small Crowd He Wants A “$15 MILLION dollar…$15 thousand dollar…$15 dollar minimum wage…I’m dreaming here!” [VIDEO]

 

Questions to Ask the Candidates

BreakPoint Daily

Today’s BreakPoint: Questions to Ask the Candidates

The beginning of every Christian citizen’s civic duty is to vote. Chief among the reasons Christians should vote is that it is an opportunity to love God, by loving what He loves, and an opportunity to love our neighbor, by advancing those policies that lead to moral and personal goods…

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News to Ponder (Various Sources)

Today’s Headlines (my interpretation): SCOTUS,  President Trump and COVID-19, ELECTIONS, NBA, VOTER FRAUD, MEDIA BIAS,  Celebrity Empathy, The Holocaust 

TOP STORY: white supremacists behind riots, or black anarchists.

As always; these are opinion and news pieces mainly from a conservative constitutionalist view and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs, doctrine and views of this ministry or any individual associated with it. They are provided for and intended for individuals to be able to read and form their own opinions and views on issues at hand. (Sad that we even have to explain this!)


100PercentFedUp.com

VIDEO: Huge rallies in DC to show support for Trump after COVID-19 diagnosis; BLM protesters clash at ‘WalkAway’ event

Pope Francis slams trickle-down economics, advocates for redistribution of wealth: ‘For the good of all’

Jake Tapper takes aim at Trump over COVID infection: ‘You have become a symbol of your own failures’

Top Republican: Pelosi refused to implement COVID testing as Senate Dems use COVID to delay Barrett hearings

Chris Wallace and Trump campaign adviser lock horns over first family not wearing masks at the debate

Worrying percentage of college students support violence to stop campus speech; worst colleges for free speech named

Video: Senator Bernie Sanders Campaigns for Biden by Pushing the Biden/Sanders Radical Far-Left Agenda

SNL: Chris Rock and Jim Carrey mock Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis; push leftist agenda throughout comedy show


Major Liberal Media Outlet’s Sinister Link To China Exposed

Washington Collusion Revealed – Guess Who?

Dr. Phil And Dr. Oz Under Attack From Big Pharma

Identity Of Trump Convention Imposter Revealed — And It’s Insane

NBA Quickly Learns What Leftist Pandering Does To Ratings


Conservative Freedom Network

Pelosi Scolds Trump For Positive Covid-19 Test

In Final Jobs Report Before Election

The Presidential Debate Commission

New Ad Busts Biden’s Claim

Media Figures Mock Trump For Getting Covid-19


The Democrats’ Long Temper Tantrum Will Reelect Trump

Is the United States in the Midst of an Insurgency?

To Squash Civil Unrest, the USA Must Remember Its Virtuous Roots

Down Goes Biden

Thoughts on Belief and Religion

The Blame Game: Presidential debate edition

Holocaust Knowledge Keeps Dwindling  😦 


Could It Happen Here? The Parallels Between Soviet Bloc and Modern US

We Need Commonsense Protections to Safeguard Women’s Sports

Reforming Regulation to Spur Economic Growth

How Trump Impeachment ‘Knocked Gun Control in the Head’

We Hear You: Why America Is Exceptional

Here’s a List of Liberals Who Have Attacked Amy Coney Barrett for Her Faith


JW WEEKEND PLAYBACK

 

Tom Fitton’s Weekly Update: Clinton-Obamagate-Russiagate Conspiracy EXPOSED

Chris Farrell: Anti-Police Violence by Radical Left is “Domestic Terrorism!”

Judicial Watch has filed an official complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics about Rep. Ilhan Omar potential violations of law.

Flynn Update: New FBI Texts Expose The FBI’s Political Targeting

Judicial Watch: Pennsylvania Counties Admit They Gave Incorrect Voter Roll Information to Federal Government – Disclose Conflicting Numbers of Inactive Voters to Court

VOTER FRAUD CAUGHT ON TAPE? #CashforBallots–Tom Fitton w/ James O’Keefe


VIDEO: Huge rallies in DC to show support for Trump after COVID-19 diagnosis; BLM protesters clash at ‘WalkAway’ event

Trump speaks message of hope after confusion surrounds his health: ‘I’m going to beat this’

Married Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham admits to sexting married strategist, won’t drop out of race

‘Inject bleach’: Liberals celebrate Kellyanne Conway’s COVID diagnosis with vile comments

Bi-racial woman said four white males lit her on fire in racist attack — prosecutors found no evidence that it happened

Schumer rages after McConnell moves to halt Senate activity — but allow Amy Coney Barrett confirmation to proceed

Photojournalist went undercover to expose white supremacists at riots, but found black bloc anarchists instead

The Best Analysis on Tuesday’s Debate Was Given 42 Years Ago

With both sides quickly pointing out how their candidate "won the day" the truth is the American people lost.There is no denying as a CHristian, I could never and will never support the socialist democratic Pro-Abortion platform. That being said I found it hard to support either position that so blatantly disrespected and degraded the other. If this is what (and I believe it so) American Politics has come to God help us.  - Mike 

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Today’s BreakPoint: The Best Analysis on Tuesday’s Debate Was Given 42 Years Ago

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There are no highlights from Tuesday night’s presidential debate. There are, however, plenty of “lowlights”: name-calling, untruths, anger, vitriol, interruption. It was a debacle on every level.

During the debate, my friend Trevin Wax tweeted, “Neil. Postman. He saw this coming forty years ago,” referring to how the author of Amusing Ourselves to Death, who described what happens in societies when societies’ entertainment replaces truth and celebrity-ism replaces virtue.

In addition to Postman, a speech called “A World Split Apart,” given at the Harvard University commencement on June 8, 1978, by Russian dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn has proven to be the best decoder of our cultural moment. Today, we live downstream from, in the wake of, what Solzhenitsyn attempted to describe to his booing audience…

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News to Ponder (Various Sources)

Today’s Headlines (my interpretation): SCOTUS,  COVID-19, ELECTIONS, MEDIA BIAS, IMIGRATION, FBI, BLM, ANTIFA,  TOP STORY:  $500B plan to boost black communities 

As always; these are opinion and news pieces mainly from a conservative constitutionalist view and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs, doctrine and views of this ministry or any individual associated with it. They are provided for and intended for individuals to be able to read and form their own opinions and views on issues at hand. (Sad that we even have to explain this!)


In Amy Coney Barrett, Trump Picks an Exacting Scholar for Supreme Court

Heritage Foundation Launches Campaign for Barrett’s Confirmation

Dirty Attacks Against Amy Coney Barrett Begin Early

Amy Coney Barrett, in Her Own Words

How Black Lives Matter Is Being Used to Further a Communist Agenda

Fear Not the Catholic Justice

Countering Threats From Russia, Iran, North Korea, and Radical Islamist Terrorists

How Our Suburbs Are Under Attack From Illegal Immigrant ‘Sanctuary’ Laws

3 Arguments on How the Constitution Treated Slavery

‘An Outstanding Choice for the Supreme Court’

Ben Shapiro Turns to Heritage for Supreme Court Analysis


‘Stop spreading fear’: Kristi Noem slaps down Rachel Maddow over social distancing hunting video

Insane video shows huge police presence during unauthorized beach car rally event as one rallygoer assaults group of officers

Report: Obama once tried to persuade Ginsburg to retire before crucial election, but she refused

FBI arrests Black Lives Matter activist, accused of spending $200K in donations on tailored suits and property

Liberal law prof shreds Bill Maher for personally attacking Amy Coney Barrett’s faith: ‘A f***ing nut’

Former Dem senator warns how gross attacks on Amy Coney Barrett’s faith may badly backfire

The backlash is intense after left-wing author suggests Amy Coney Barrett adopted Haitian children to shield herself from accusations of racism

Amy Coney Barrett receives endorsement from very unlikely source: ‘Highly qualified to serve’

Woman charged with attempted murder after plowing through crowd of Trump supporters with car

Delaware State University says Biden was never a student after he claimed starting academic career at historically black school

‘Illegitimate’: Democrats swiftly move to delegitimize Amy Coney Barrett with organized talking points

Joe Montana and wife thwart kidnapping of 9-month-old grandchild from their home

Gov. Newsom signs law allowing transgender inmates to be placed in prison by their gender identity, officers required to use preferred pronouns

‘Excellent idea!’: Ted Cruz responds to Dem senator’s threat to boycott Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation


Courting Trouble

Media’s Wuhan Lies Lengthen, Deepen

The Four Young Men Who May Help Carry Our Nation through These Tough Times

The Canonization of Saint Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Music on Hold

The Promise of Freeports

The University as Madrasah

Biden continues to spout nonsense and forget things

Seth Rich: The Murder Washington Doesn’t Want Solved

It’s a COVID Casedemic, not a Pandemic

Amy Coney Barrett and the Zealots

The Upside-Down World of the Woke

Joe Biden’s History Of Race Baiting

How the 2014 Midterms Wrecked the Democrats’ Supreme Court Hopes

Six Strategies for Trump to Make Education Great Again and Woo Back Suburban Voters

Omar political machine linked to ballot-harvesting, stuffed ballot boxes, and cash-for-votes in Minnesota -Project Veritas


Conservative Freedom Network

‘It’s A Madhouse’: FBI Texts Show Crossfire Hurricane Agents

US Marshals Service Reveals Majority Of Rescued Sex-Trafficked Children

Charles Barkley Blasts ‘Fools’ Pushing ‘Defund The Police’

FBI Official On Mueller Team: Flynn Prosecution Had ‘Get Trump’ Attitude

Sarah Palin Threatens To Primary Lisa Murkowski Over SCOTUS Vote

Dem Strategist Slammed Over Questions Regarding Amy Coney Barrett

The Grand Jury Made The Right Decision In The Breonna Taylor Case

Bill Maher Attacks Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

‘Self-Hating Hypocrites’: Black Trump Supporter

Purple State Dems Are Angry At Biden Over Pandemic Restrictions


100PercentFedUp.com

Video: Rally Crowd Goes Wild When Trump Dances to ‘YMCA’

Breaking: Biden Calls On Senate Democrats To ‘Stand strong for our democracy’ and Delay SCOTUS Vote

Video: Jill Biden’s Feathers Ruffled…Refuses to Discuss Joe Biden’s Gaffes ‘You Can’t Even Go There’

Delaware State Faculty Member Refutes Biden’s Previous Claim of Attending the University

Video: MSNBC Anchor Silent When Biden Calls Trump Like Notorious Nazi

Kenosha County Sheriff Endorses Trump In Op-ed: “President Donald Trump is the only one who will do what is right for the American people”

Breaking: Car Plows Through Group of Trump Supporters in California

Rep Pressley on America: “Everything Is On The Table….We can pull these ills up from the root and we can reconstruct the new world”


Presidential Debate Moderator Shows His Bias — Over And Over Again

Trump Record-Breaking Win Could Hand Him 2020

What Border Agents Found On Trump’s Wall Proves It Works

Liberal Media Is Desperate To Hide Latest Polling Results


The Washington Examiner

Trump unveiling $500B plan to boost black communities and classify KKK and antifa as terrorist organizations

The Roots of Our Partisan Divide

Whether you are Liberal or Conservative, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Constitutionalist I think we can all agree America currently has a great partisan divide. Mr. Caldwell does a good job at pointing out some obvious reasons why. – Mike

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February 2020 • Volume 49, Number 2

The Roots of Our Partisan Divide


Christopher Caldwell

Christopher Caldwell is a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, a contributing editor at the Claremont Review of Books, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. A graduate of Harvard College, he has been a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a columnist for the Financial Times. He is the author of Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West and The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties.


The following is adapted from a talk delivered on January 28, 2020, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundation lecture series.

American society today is divided by party and by ideology in a way it has perhaps not been since the Civil War. I have just published a book that, among other things, suggests why this is. It is called The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties. It runs from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the election of Donald J. Trump. You can get a good idea of the drift of the narrative from its chapter titles: 1963, Race, Sex, War, Debt, Diversity, Winners, and Losers.

I can end part of the suspense right now—Democrats are the winners. Their party won the 1960s—they gained money, power, and prestige. The GOP is the party of the people who lost those things.

One of the strands of this story involves the Vietnam War. The antiquated way the Army was mustered in the 1960s wound up creating a class system. What I’m referring to here is the so-called student deferment. In the old days, university-level education was rare. At the start of the First World War, only one in 30 American men was in a college or university, so student deferments were not culturally significant. By the time of Vietnam, almost half of American men were in a college or university, and student deferment remained in effect until well into the war. So if you were rich enough to study art history, you went to Woodstock and made love. If you worked in a garage, you went to Da Nang and made war. This produced a class division that many of the college-educated mistook for a moral division, particularly once we lost the war. The rich saw themselves as having avoided service in Vietnam not because they were more privileged or—heaven forbid—less brave, but because they were more decent.

Another strand of the story involves women. Today, there are two cultures of American womanhood—the culture of married women and the culture of single women. If you poll them on political issues, they tend to differ diametrically. It was feminism that produced this rupture. For women during the Kennedy administration, by contrast, there was one culture of femininity, and it united women from cradle to grave: Ninety percent of married women and 87 percent of unmarried women believed there was such a thing as “women’s intuition.” Only 16 percent of married women and only 15 percent of unmarried women thought it was excusable in some circumstances to have an extramarital affair. Ninety-nine percent of women, when asked the ideal age for marriage, said it was sometime before age 27. None answered “never.”

But it is a third strand of the story, running all the way down to our day, that is most important for explaining our partisan polarization. It concerns how the civil rights laws of the 1960s, and particularly the Civil Rights Act of 1964, divided the country. They did so by giving birth to what was, in effect, a second constitution, which would eventually cause Americans to peel off into two different and incompatible constitutional cultures. This became obvious only over time. It happened so slowly that many people did not notice.

Because conventional wisdom today holds that the Civil Rights Act brought the country together, my book’s suggestion that it pulled the country apart has been met with outrage. The outrage has been especially pronounced among those who have not read the book. So for their benefit I should make crystal clear that my book is not a defense of segregation or Jim Crow, and that when I criticize the long-term effects of the civil rights laws of the 1960s, I do not criticize the principle of equality in general, or the movement for black equality in particular.

What I am talking about are the emergency mechanisms that, in the name of ending segregation, were established under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. These gave Washington the authority to override what Americans had traditionally thought of as their ordinary democratic institutions. It was widely assumed that the emergency mechanisms would be temporary and narrowly focused. But they soon escaped democratic control altogether, and they have now become the most powerful part of our governing system.

How Civil Rights Legislation Worked

There were two noteworthy things about the civil rights legislation of 1964 and 1965.

The first was its unprecedented concentration of power. It gave Washington tools it had never before had in peacetime. It created new crimes, outlawing discrimination in almost every walk of public and private life. It revoked—or repealed—the prevailing understanding of freedom of association as protected by the First Amendment. It established agencies to hunt down these new crimes—an expanded Civil Rights Commission, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and various offices of civil rights in the different cabinet agencies. It gave government new prerogatives, such as laying out hiring practices for all companies with more than 15 employees, filing lawsuits, conducting investigations, and ordering redress. Above all, it exposed every corner of American social, economic, and political life to direction from bureaucrats and judges.

To put it bluntly, the effect of these civil rights laws was to take a lot of decisions that had been made in the democratic parts of American government and relocate them to the bureaucracy or the judiciary. Only with that kind of arsenal, Lyndon Johnson and the drafters thought, would it be possible to root out insidious racism.

The second noteworthy thing about the civil rights legislation of the 1960s is that it was kind of a fudge. It sat uneasily not only with the First Amendment, but with the Constitution as a whole. The Voting Rights Act of 1965, passed largely to give teeth to the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal rights for all citizens, did so by creating different levels of rights for citizens of southern states like Alabama and citizens of northern states like Michigan when it came to election laws.

The goal of the civil rights laws was to bring the sham democracies of the American South into conformity with the Constitution. But nobody’s democracy is perfect, and it turned out to be much harder than anticipated to distinguish between democracy in the South and democracy elsewhere in the country. If the spirit of the law was to humiliate Southern bigots, the letter of the law put the entire country—all its institutions—under the threat of lawsuits and prosecutions for discrimination.

Still, no one was too worried about that. It is clear in retrospect that Americans outside the South understood segregation as a regional problem. As far as we can tell from polls, 70-90 percent of Americans outside the South thought that blacks in their part of the country were treated just fine, the same as anyone else. In practice, non-Southerners did not expect the new laws to be turned back on themselves.

The Broadening of Civil Rights

The problem is that when the work of the civil rights legislation was done—when de jure segregation was stopped—these new powers were not suspended or scaled back or reassessed. On the contrary, they intensified. The ability to set racial quotas for public schools was not in the original Civil Rights Act, but offices of civil rights started doing it, and there was no one strong enough to resist. Busing of schoolchildren had not been in the original plan, either, but once schools started to fall short of targets established by the bureaucracy, judges ordered it.

Affirmative action was a vague notion in the Civil Rights Act. But by the time of the Supreme Court’s 1978 Bakke decision, it was an outright system of racial preference for non-whites. In that case, the plaintiff, Alan Bakke, who had been a U.S. Marine captain in Vietnam, saw his application for medical school rejected, even though his test scores were in the 96th, 94th, 97th, and 72nd percentiles. Minority applicants, meanwhile, were admitted with, on average, scores in the 34th, 30th, 37th, and 18th percentiles. And although the Court decided that Bakke himself deserved admission, it did not do away with the affirmative action programs that kept him out. In fact, it institutionalized them, mandating “diversity”—a new concept at the time—as the law of the land.

Meanwhile other groups, many of them not even envisioned in the original legislation, got the hang of using civil rights law. Immigrant advocates, for instance: Americans never voted for bilingual education, but when the Supreme Court upheld the idea in 1974, rule writers in the offices of civil rights simply established it, and it exists to this day. Women, too: the EEOC battled Sears, Roebuck & Co. from 1973 to 1986 with every weapon at its disposal, trying to prove it guilty of sexism—ultimately failing to prove even a single instance of it.

Finally, civil rights came to dominate—and even overrule—legislation that had nothing to do with it. The most traumatic example of this was the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. This legislation was supposed to be the grand compromise on which our modern immigration policy would be built. On the one hand, about three million illegal immigrants who had mostly come north from Mexico would be given citizenship. On the other hand, draconian laws would ensure that the amnesty would not be an incentive to future migrants, and that illegal immigration would never get out of control again. So there were harsh “employer sanctions” for anyone who hired a non-citizen. But once the law passed, what happened? Illegal immigrants got their amnesty. But the penalties on illegal hiring turned out to be fake—because, to simplify just a bit, asking an employee who “looks Mexican” where he was born or about his citizenship status was held to be a violation of his civil rights. Civil rights law had made it impossible for Americans to get what they’d voted for through their representatives, leading to decades of political strife over immigration policy that continues to this day.

A more recent manifestation of the broadening of civil rights laws is the “Dear Colleague” letter sent by the Obama Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights in 2011, which sought to dictate sexual harassment policy to every college and university in the country. Another is the overturning by judges of a temporary ban on entry from certain countries linked to terrorism in the first months of the Trump administration in 2017.

These policies, qua policies, have their defenders and their detractors. The important thing for our purposes is how they were established and enforced. More and more areas of American life have been withdrawn from voters’ democratic control and delivered up to the bureaucratic and judicial emergency mechanisms of civil rights law. Civil rights law has become a second constitution, with powers that can be used to override the Constitution of 1787.

The New Constitution

In explaining the constitutional order that we see today, I’d like to focus on just two of its characteristics.

First, it has a moral element, almost a metaphysical element, that is usually more typical of theocracies than of secular republics. As we’ve discussed, civil rights law gave bureaucrats and judges emergency powers to override the normal constitutional order, bypassing democracy. But the key question is: Under what conditions is the government authorized to activate these emergency powers? It is a question that has been much studied by political thinkers in Europe. Usually when European governments of the past bypassed their constitutions by declaring emergencies, it was on the grounds of a military threat or a threat to public order. But in America, as our way of governing has evolved since 1964, emergencies are declared on a moral basis: people are suffering; their newly discovered rights are being denied. America can’t wait anymore for the ordinary democratic process to take its course.

A moral ground for invoking emergencies sounds more humane than a military one. It is not. That is because, in order to justify its special powers, the government must create a class of officially designated malefactors. With the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the justification of this strong medicine was that there was a collection of Southern politicians who were so wily and devious, and a collection of Southern sheriffs so ruthless and depraved, that one could not, and was not morally obliged to, fight fair with them.

That pattern has perpetuated itself, even as the focus of civil rights has moved to American institutions less obviously objectionable than segregation. Every intervention in the name of rights requires the identification of a malefactor. So very early on in the gay marriage debate, those who believed in traditional marriage were likened to segregationists or to those who had opposed interracial marriage.

Joe Biden recently said: “Let’s be clear: Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time. There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights.” Now, most Americans, probably including Joe Biden, know very little about transgenderism. But this is an assertion that Americans are not going to be permitted to advance their knowledge by discussing the issue in public or to work out their differences at the ballot box. As civil rights laws have been extended by analogy into other areas of American life, the imputation of moral non-personhood has been aimed at a growing number of people who have committed no sin more grievous than believing the same things they did two years ago, and therefore standing in the way of the progressive juggernaut.

The second characteristic of the new civil rights constitution is what we can call intersectionality. This is a sociological development. As long as civil rights law was limited to protecting the rights of Southern blacks, it was a stable system. It had the logic of history behind it, which both justified and focused its application. But if other groups could be given the privilege of advancing their causes by bureaucratic fiat and judicial decree, there was the possibility of a gradual building up of vast new coalitions, maybe even electoral majorities. This was made possible because almost anyone who was not a white heterosexual male could benefit from civil rights law in some way.

Seventy years ago, India produced the first modern minority-rights based constitution with a long, enumerated list of so-called “scheduled tribes and castes.” Eventually, inter-group horse trading took up so much of the country’s attention that there emerged a grumbling group of “everyone else,” of “ordinary Indians.” These account for many of the people behind the present prime minister, Narendra Modi. Indians who like Modi say he’s the candidate of average citizens. Those who don’t like him, as most of the international media do not, call him a “Hindu nationalist.”

We have a version of the same thing happening in America. By the mid-1980s, the “intersectional” coalition of civil rights activists started using the term “people of color” to describe itself. Now, logically, if there really is such a thing as “people of color,” and if they are demanding a larger share of society’s rewards, they are ipso facto demanding that “non–people of color” get a smaller share. In the same way that the Indian constitution called forth the idea of a generic “Hindu,” the new civil rights constitution created a group of “non–people of color.” It made white people a political reality in the United States in a way they had never been.

Now we can apply this insight to parties. So overpowering is the hegemony of the civil rights constitution of 1964 over the Constitution of 1787, that the country naturally sorts itself into a party of those who have benefitted by it and a party of those who have been harmed by it.

A Party of Bigots and a Party of Totalitarians

Let’s say you’re a progressive. In fact, let’s say you are a progressive gay man in a gay marriage, with two adopted children. The civil rights version of the country is everything to you. Your whole way of life depends on it. How can you back a party or a politician who even wavers on it? Quite likely, your whole moral idea of yourself depends on it, too. You may have marched in gay pride parades carrying signs reading “Stop the Hate,” and you believe that people who opposed the campaign that made possible your way of life, your marriage, and your children, can only have done so for terrible reasons. You are on the side of the glorious marchers of Birmingham, and they are on the side of Bull Connor. To you, the other party is a party of bigots.

But say you’re a conservative person who goes to church, and your seven-year-old son is being taught about “gender fluidity” in first grade. There is no avenue for you to complain about this. You’ll be called a bigot at the very least. In fact, although you’re not a lawyer, you have a vague sense that you might get fired from your job, or fined, or that something else bad will happen. You also feel that this business has something to do with gay rights. “Sorry,” you ask, “when did I vote for this?” You begin to suspect that taking your voice away from you and taking your vote away from you is the main goal of these rights movements. To you, the other party is a party of totalitarians.

And that’s our current party system: the bigots versus the totalitarians.

If either of these constitutions were totally devoid of merit, we wouldn’t have a problem. We could be confident that the wiser of the two would win out in the end. But each of our two constitutions contains, for its adherents, a great deal worth defending to the bitter end. And unfortunately, each constitution must increasingly defend itself against the other.

When gay marriage was being advanced over the past 20 years, one of the common sayings of activists was: “The sky didn’t fall.” People would say: “Look, we’ve had gay marriage in Massachusetts for three weeks, and I’ve got news for you! The sky didn’t fall!” They were right in the short term. But I think they forgot how delicate a system a democratic constitutional republic is, how difficult it is to get the formula right, and how hard it is to see when a government begins—slowly, very slowly—to veer off course in a way that can take decades to become evident.

Then one day we discover that, although we still deny the sky is falling, we do so with a lot less confidence.