I have written here for over 10 years now about the cycles of American politics – crisis, thesis, validation, anti-thesis, excess, and crisis again. Every generation goes through its own version of the fire. Mine has gone through it twice.
The Nixon Thesis of Conflict, which emerged from the experience of Vietnam, was my generation’s first such crisis. It taught many false lessons, but one part of it was true, and was put well by Gerald Ford after Nixon flew away.
“Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule.”
While the Nixon Thesis held throughout most of my life, the knees jerking whenever Democrats seemed to threaten, it held because of the Ford corollary. The order we defend is the order of our Constitution, and our laws, which are more important than any man or woman. It’s a theme President Obama has gone to again-and-again as Donald Trump challenged it.