The American Mind: The Riot Party Comes for the Court
Washington, September 24, 2020
The following op-ed appeared at the American Mind on September 24, 2020.
The 1619 Coup
The premise of the 1619 Project is that what you learned about our Founding in school is a lie. The Founding Fathers didn’t declare independence from Britain to secure our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They didn’t write the Constitution to secure our civil liberties. The 1619 Project teaches that the Founders were really just white supremacists who invented a whole new country to protect the institution of slavery.
But if we accept the 1619 Project’s central claim, and our entire system of government was founded on the principle of racial inequality, the two are inseparable. Whereas the traditional Left saw racism as a disease afflicting America, the new Left sees America as a malignant tumor spreading racism around the world. For them, violently toppling statues of George Washington is not the cancer—it’s chemotherapy.
In the span of two weeks, 20 states across the U.S suffered the costliest string of riots in American history. The damage is estimated at $1 to $2 billion, similar estimates for a Category 1 hurricane. The media described it as a series of “mostly peaceful protests,” which is puzzlingly dishonest, even by their standards. But with 1619 blinders on, it’s easy to justify ignoring the breakdown of the rule of law; the phoenix is the real story, not the flames.
If President Trump appoints a justice and Democrats finds themselves unable to legislate through the Supreme Court, they will try to pack it. Such a radical move was unthinkable a decade ago, because it would destroy the independence and legitimacy of the judicial branch, but to the modern left, that’s not discouraging. The destruction of America’s institutions is a moral necessity, and it helps them reach their ultimate goal faster—power.