Friday, July 6, 2012

Bizarre Wash Post Poll

The Wash Post op-ed section has a poll up (it was a sidebar to this column by Charles Krauthammer today 7/6):

Do we rely too much on the Founders to settle our policy arguments?

I've never heard anyone rely on the Founders in a policy argument.  I've heard people rely on the Constitution when arguing whether something is legally permissible.  But I've never heard someone say e.g. "Our taxes should be such and such a percentage of income because that's what George Washington believed."  And if someone has made that kind of argument, I certainly can't remember any time when it "settled" the argument.

Strange.  Really strange.

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