First-person plural

The language of politics is spoken in the first-person plural and the duty of the politician is to maintain that first-person plural in being.

Sir Roger Scruton, Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition

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This appears to be the month when SCOTUS signaled that it’s going to rein in excessive Executive powers (that’s my gloss) by insisting that the holder of Legislative powers exercise them rather than punting. Several cases in the past week point in that direction.

It will be good for us. Part of Americans’ political polarization and alienation, I suspect, arises from our lives being excessively regulated by unelected and unaccountable judges and bureaucrats. Both the excess and the unaccountability are facilitated by Congress passing anodyne Bills that merely gesture at problems — mere skeletons — inviting courts and agencies to enflesh them.

Section 1: Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Section 2: The Department of Justice is authorized to implement appropriate regulations in support hereof.

We have, at least historically, a capacity to accept most decisions we disagree with so long as they come from the democratic body, Congress, on our representation in which we simply got out-voted. We’re more skeptical of functionaries and judges trying to analyze nostrums, biting the bullet to ramify anodynes.

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