This week, Judge Amy Coney Barrett conducted a 3-day Constitutional Law class. The excellent news is that it didn’t cost the public a dime. The even better news is that it cost Democrats momentum going into the election. The best news is that it taught America the proper functions of the 3 branches of government. When each Democrat started their questioning of Judge Barrett, it often started with an inquiry into the ACA. Would she be the 5th vote that overturned the ACA? Would she strip 10,000,000 Americans with pre-existing conditions of their health care?

They were met with a force of nature nicknamed ACB. She didn’t speak truth to power. She spoke truth to ignoramuses. ACB told Democrats that Madison, Jefferson and Hamilton assigned specific responsibilities to the 3 branches. ACB said that the Legislative Branch writes laws, the Executive Branch enforces laws and that the Judicial Branch interprets laws. Then ACB committed her greatest sin, saying that fixing laws was the Legislative Branch’s responsibility, not the Judicial Branch’s. Give Sen. Sasse an assist for teaching part of that class:

One Democrat question after another essentially pleaded with Judge ACB to change from her evil ways. Please Judge ACB, won’t you join Justices Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor in rewriting laws that we don’t like? As the confirmation hearings wore on, Judge ACB stuck with her principles.

It was a beautiful thing to watch. The best part of the confirmation hearings was knowing that Americans watching the confirmation hearings were getting a world-class civics and Constitutional Law lesson. The more people learn about the Constitution’s principles, the more likely it is that they’ll revert back to a limited government model.

The other thing that needs to be straightened out is the ‘Constitution is a living, breathing document’ thing. The Constitution is a limiting document. Madison, Hamilton and Jefferson wanted the Constitution to limit government while empowering people. It’s also a framework document. Laws are judged to be constitutional or unconstitutional (enforceable or unenforceable) based on the Constitution.

Laws should change through negotiation, not force. In a Senate with the filibuster removed, laws could be changed without negotiation. That’s a disaster waiting to happen. The Constitution shouldn’t be changed except in rare instances where a change is obvious to the entire nation.

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