Americans revere both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Philosophically and logically, though, does it make sense to cherish both?
Last week’s column
on the Constitution preceded a trip to Washington, D.C. during which I attended a day-long symposium, sponsored by Hillsdale College, on the Constitution and related issues. One of the best discussions involved the question of whether the Constitution reinforced the principles of the Declaration or, rather, slyly replaced those principles with ones somehow less noble. This has been a longstanding American academic debate.