My opponents in the June 2 GOP primary for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) seem to like simple things, and that includes how our courts should construe The Constitution. They want to adhere to “original intent.”
Original intent” is a legal philosophy under which judges and justices would look only to the “plain wording” of The Constitution and the “original intent” of the delegates to the 1787 Convention to determine what The Constitution means.
Previously I’ve explained why this view is bunk, but today let’s view it from a different angle. If we are to adhere to “original intent,” we adhere to it across the board. After ll, that is the beauty of “original intent”: a one-size-fits-all concept for a very complex world.
First, three GOP candidates for seek the GOP nomination should shut up and withdraw. Nurse Beth Henderson, Kelly Mitchell and Victoria Spartz have no say. They are women. Only males had a say in 1787 - original intent can be a bitch.
Second, any of the remaining candidates who rents a home cannot be in the field. Delegates to The Convention in 1787 were landed. They might permit the common rabble - like the men in Shays’s rebellion - to fight and die in warfare, but those men had no say in government.
Third, any such of my opponents should cash it in and withdraw. If they persist and try to slip through, such a move could be a felony, as laws against illegal voting tend to be. The people should be ready for life’s end. Felonies usually carried the death penalty.
Fourth, any Roman Catholics amongst my remaining opponents probably should withdraw. Indiana was not yet a State, of course, and in some States Roman Catholicism was repressed. Two delegates were “RC,” so odds would be against such of my opponents.
Fifth - this should go without saying, but I need to point out - that means any of my opponents who is Jewish or adheres to the Islamic faith is out of the race. During debates at one of the two North Carolina ratification conventions, rights of “mohammedans” were dissed.
Sixth, we need to eliminate issues. Favor term limits, judicial appointments with an end date, or strong defense of the “second amendment”? The Framers didn’t. The first and second positions were rejected. The Bill of Rights was not a part of The Constitution.
Whilst we are at it, advocates of “original intent” should shut up about civil rights. After all, the most evil compromise was The Constitution’s protection of slavery. And don’t say anything about the amendment process because that would negate most targets of “original intent”
If any of my opponents for the INCD5 nomination remains after these stringent “original intent” standards, we should start to slander each other immediately and, when either of us takes office, move to prosecute the followers of the other. (See, Adams and Jefferson.)
I would be “safe” in all this. If MAGA fans want royalty, trump is not in the mix. However, I am a direct descendant of the first Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Endicott. Both sides of my family have roots in the Back Bay.
I am Mark Small, a GOP candidate for U.S. House in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. I am proud to be a progressive - PRO-CHOICE, pro-environment and anti-militarism - and carry on that tradition of the Grand Old Party. I approve of this blog. Hell, I wrote it.